University of Toronto

University of Minnesota

Macmaster University

New York University

Yale

Physical Therapy

"All the material wealth cannot be substituted for the spiritual, physical, emotion and mental well-being"

- Lailah Gifty Akita

The Details

Do you love helping people? Is physical wellness important to you? Then physical therapy might be a great path for you! Physical therapists evaluate and record a patient's progress. Physical therapists help injured or ill people improve movement and manage pain. They are often an important part of preventive care, rehabilitation, and treatment for patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. This is a rewarding career with flexibility and the opportunity to work and connect with patients.

Why it’s hot RN

  • Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 18 percent from 2019 to 2029 (source: bls.org)

Influencers in the field:

Mary McMillan

Let’s talk about the $:

Average salary $60,269 (source: Ziprecruiter.com)

Social Impact:

Giving another person the ability to move is an incredible gift. You can change lives.

exploremyx: Physical Therapy

1. University of Toronto

Managing Your Health: The Role of Physical Therapy and Exercise

Managing Your Health: The Role of Physical Therapy and Exercise will introduce learners to the concepts and benefits of physical therapy and exercise.

What you’ll learn:

  • Why physical activity and exercise are important,

  • Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease,

  • Exercise and Osteoporosis,

  • Exercise and Cancer,

  • Common Sports Injuries,

  • Exercise and Arthritis

2. University of Minnesota

Preventing Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is at epidemic levels and has become the highest-cost condition in health care. This course uses evidence-based science with creative and experiential learning to better understand chronic pain conditions and how they can be prevented through self-management in our cognitive, behavioral, physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental realms.

The goal of this course is to blend creative, experiential, and evidence-based teaching strategies to help participants understand chronic pain conditions and how a human systems approach can be applied to self-management strategies to reduce risk factors, enhance protective factors, and prevent chronic pain. There are four major objectives to the course;

  1. Describe the prevalence, personal impact, and health care dilemma associated with chronic pain.

  2. Recognize the clinical characteristics and underlying etiology of several common pain conditions and the peripheral, central, and genetic mechanisms of chronic pain

  3. Based on the literature associated with risk and protective factors in the seven realms of our lives, learn specific strategies in each realm that can be employed daily to prevent chronic pain and enhance wellness.

  4. Appreciate the value of a human systems approach to health care and how it can provide a basis for integrative, interdisciplinary, and individualized care to preventing pain and enhancing wellness.

What you’ll learn:

  • Chronic Pain Management

  • Plan

  • Pain Management

  • Opioid Addiction And Abuse Treatment

3. Macmaster University

Hacking Exercise for Pain

Renowned exercise physiologists Martin Gibala and Stuart Phillips of McMaster University teach the surprising new science of cardio fitness and strength-building—and then provide you with hacks to get fit and strong (and healthy!) in less time than you ever thought possible. What’s the right mix of exercise between cardio and strength? How do you know if you’re working out hard enough? What’s better, heavy or light weights? These questions and more are addressed through a course designed to provide even the most inexperienced of exercisers the tools you need to design time-efficient workouts that can be done virtually anywhere, from your own home to a city park or even at your workplace.

Marty and Stu are good friends and colleagues who just happen to be two of the world’s most passionate scholars in the science of fitness. They aim to entertain you while they’re describing the relationship between exercise and health. Marty is a pioneer in the field of interval training, the technique of varying your workout intensity to get fit faster than anyone ever thought possible. Stu’s studies proved that lifting lighter weights can be a highly effective strength-building technique—plus he’s a leading expert in dietary protein and muscle.

In Hacking Exercise for Health, you’ll follow Marty and Stu as they teach you the basics about the way your body boosts its fitness and strength. Next, they’ll apply that theory, providing you with a series of do-anywhere workouts and, most importantly, teaching you what you need to know to design your own sessions. Filled with inspirational practical tips, fun quizzes, interactive community participation and assignments designed to help you remember your lessons, Hacking Exercise for Health will give you the tools and techniques to incorporate exercise into your life, no matter how busy you are.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to evaluate the role that physical activity plays in your health

  • How your cardiorespiratory fitness can be improved with aerobic training

  • How strength training results in strength gains and improve your health

  • How to formulate you own cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal exercise routine to improve your health

4. New York University

Engineering Health

This course gives you access to an exploration of physiological systems from the perspective of overall health and wellness. In particular, a focus on yoga, meditation and mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention in chronic illness and long term treatment. This course is intended for yoga practitioners and teachers, as well as college students and medical practitioners looking for a deeper understanding of the physiological benefits of yoga. The value of taking this course is to understand the impact that yoga can have on reducing stress, and aiding in healing or preventing physiological pathologies. Throughout this course, we will learn about different physiological systems and highlight yoga practices that can influence different systems and reduce pathology. Reading material will include analysis of scientific studies that have successfully utilized yoga practice as a tool for treatment of various illnesses such as: hypertension, stress, diabetes, insomnia, chronic pain and PTSD.

In order to understanding these conditions, lectures will provide a complete understanding of the correlating physiological system. The weekly course assignment will include physiology lectures, a weekly yoga practice, suggested readings, and optional discussions for a total of 3-5 hours per week. The course will provide a tremendous amount of information and hands on experience for those interested in alternative health perspectives and a more in depth scientific understanding of this ancient healing method.

What you’ll learn:

  • Identify the role, structure, and function of human physiological systems

  • Identify the the conditions and presentation of normal and abnormal functioning of human physiological systems

  • Examine underlying physiological mechanisms that connect healthy functioning to yoga practice

  • Practice yoga that targets therapy, prevention, and overall wellness

5. Yale

The Science of Wellbeing

In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

What You'll Learn

  • Gratitude
  • Happiness
  • Meditation
  • Savoring

This work totals 153 hours over the course of 15 weeks

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University of Toronto

University of Minnesota

Macmaster University

New York University

Yale