Physical Therapy

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This semester, I am not taking any Exercise Science classes. I chose to participate and observe my Intro to Psychology class because in several ways, it can be related to physical therapy. Last week on February 12th, we were mostly talking about the split brain. We compared the left and right brain and studied each side. I always thought it was interesting how the brain’s right hemisphere controls the muscles on the left side of the body, while the left hemisphere controls the muscles on the right.

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While on this topic, we also discussed how the cerebrum controls balance, coordination and muscle control. My professor, Michael Uhes, shared a video with us by Dr. Mark Kiselica. The video covered important parts of the brain, specifically the spinal cord. The spinal cord connects all parts of the body to the brain which is also known as the central nervous system. If the body was not connected to the brain, it would be impossible to communicate movement. The brain is basically the boss of the body, including the muscles. If the cerebrum was severely damaged, it will cause the body muscles to be paralyzed. On the other hand, if the body were to lose a limb, the brain can teach those muscles how to work with a prosthetic limb, as if it were already attached to the body. The brain can do incredible things, and I think teaching your body how to function with a prosthetic limb as the most amazing. The brain must get used to not having the original arm/leg on the body, but over time, it will recognize the new one and work with it.

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Psychology plays a large role in physical therapy because without the mind, the body wouldn’t be able to function. The physical therapists need their mind to help heal their patients, and the patients need theirs to teach themselves how to use their muscles again.

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Exercise Science

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When I began going to college in the fall of 2013, I had no idea what degree I wanted to pursue. I had so many ideas in my head and I felt like a kid again. When I was in third grade, I always told my mom that I was going to be an officer, a veterinarian and a chef. When I was in high school, I made up my mind that I wanted to go into the nursing field. I wanted to be a nurse because it was within the medical field and the jobs can kind of vary. As the semesters went on, I changed my mind and I wanted to be a teacher. When I was younger, I always wanted to be a teacher because it looked fun. After thinking about that for a while, I changed my mind once more. I have finally decided that I want to major in Exercise Science. I changed my mind because it was a more specific specialty within the medical field. I also enjoy sports and helping others improve. I thought it was a good combination of both teaching and treating so that’s apart of the reason why I wanted to major in Exercise Science.

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Physical therapy is the treatment of disease, injuries or deformity by physical methods such as massages, heat treatment and exercise rather than being treated by drugs or surgery. Here at Fort Lewis I’m majoring in Exercise Physiology which basically a fancy way of saying physical therapy. While in this field, I’ll learn the skills to treat several injuries. Injuries such as ankle sprains, carpal tunnel syndromes, knee tendinitis and much more. I haven’t taken any courses specifically subjected to Exercise Science, but I have taken a few Biology courses which is a large building block in the major. In the fall of 2015, I’ll be taking my first exercise science class and I’m excited to be learning more about the job I’d like to do for a very long time.