overview !!!!!!

To start with, i Have joined the course to experience how the physios from all over the world learns and to analyse whether am at par with them or not.

To be frank,the topics were not seemed to be interesting (because i have no answers for many of the questions) initially, then i realized that my thoughts are influenced by what i believe, where am from and where i live. since all the above three varies from person to person , the ideas, thoughts  of various sensitive topics had varied widely. 

As a professional i learnt that when you encounter a controversial thing, analyse the situation in point of view from yours as well as your opponent. 

above all the best thing i learnt is FIrst am a Human and next am a professional/ Physiotherapist ………….

happy learning !!!!!!!


Euthanasia- to agree or not ????

hmmmmmm. quite a controversial topic.

if we believe that we have right to live and right to die, then Euthanasia seems to be justifiable.

in my country (INDIA) where suicide of able-bodied and disabled is an offence , Euthanasia is not accepted. I ,myself being a religious person have one query.

Euthanasia or assisted suicide is solely based on result of human interpretation. where a group of specialised doctors/health care professionals agree that there is no/very minimal chance of recovery.

there are many instances where the medical team believe there is no chance of survival yet the person lives so long. this is not to emphasize the presence of supreme power (eventhough i believe it) but to emphasize the  lack of human knowledge on death and life issues.

if we accept that the humans cannot judge 100% then how can we go for euthanasia on the basis of medical team interpretation?????

on the other hand, if euthanasia or assisted suicide is legalised on the grounds of burden to the soceity and family , wont the threshold of burden wil reduce????

on the long run even a bearable burden will be seen as unbearable and provision of assisted suicide may be enforced.

wont they?????

torture (better understood)

Torture can be defined as the deliberate or systematic infliction of physical or mental suffering to force another person to yield information, as a punishment or to destroy a person’s identity.

The aim of the physiotherapy treatment for persons who have undergone torture is to relieve or reduce pain, correct musculoskeletal dysfunctions, teach the client to cope with pain, and regain body awareness.

A good interaction and communication with  persons who have undergone torture is needed to optimize the treatment
Gard G. (2007) emphsasized factors important for good interaction in physiotherapy treatment of persons who have undergone torture in a qualitative study as: Personal characteristics, Professional and therapeutic competence and support, Language Factors, Time, and Frames.

Five factors in the interaction situation were important for a good interaction: cultural factors, treatments tailored to the patient’s needs, to develop confidence and trust, religious factors, and capacity to handle negative emotions.

All these factors have to be considered to improve the interaction between PTs and persons who have undergone torture.

this is quite clear where my professional duty is to treat a torture victim.

when my treatment can  be misused as a torture technique ,the actual problem arises.

as tony lowe’s example scenario where you are asked to examine a prisoner to determine whether they could weight bear on an injured leg, where you suspect that enforced standing could then be utilised as a torture technique. In such circumstances what would you do?  Do you diagnose that the prisoner could not weight bear even when your professional opinion would be that they could?

i may give the benefit to the victim and may advise not to bear weight because whomever the patient, my technique is to improve the well-being and not to inflict pain.

torture redefined


My religion says alcohol is probihited,

am i going to treat differently if my patient is alcoholic, why not even if  he/she suffers from alcoholic neuropathy ?????

am i going to see it as a punishment for his wrongdoing(as per my belief)?????

definitely no………….

then what if the patient is gay,lesbian,bisexual, alcoholic,drug addict.

i may hate these stuffs personally but this wont affect my treatment behavior.

Week 3 :Are we really all equal?

on seeing the question my immediate reaction was ‘yah! ofcourse all humans are equal. i felt there’s nothing great to talk about this. 

once i read the posts, i felt its not so. 

Unfortunately in health care setting, the lack of diversity among care providers and the lack of culturally competent policies within healthcare delivery settings makes this not so feasible.

 Although developing and implementing a diversity plan and culturally competent policies is very complex practically, politically, and programmatically for traditional institutional care providers, it must be done.

Providers must embrace the diversity that is a part of any society and must not let race or ethnicity be a determining factor in offering treatment options.