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Friday, February 3, 2023

Our 2nd Session with Physical Therapy

Aloha Everyone,

In the Philippines, the physical therapist program takes 5 years in order to receive the Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. This Includes students going 10 months of rotating internship such as at hospitals and clinics to complete the required clinical internship program of 2,000 hours.

After graduating with BS in Physical Therapy, one must pass the Physical Therapist Licensure Examination given by the Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy that comes under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Our Physical Therapist (PT) Luis Doble, has been working as a licensed PT for 4 years. Personable but firm, encouraging but strict, with his advanced knowledge of joint and muscles, he is aware how much his patients can tolerate stretching.

During our 60 minutes each sessions, Luis used Ultra Sound, hot compress and TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator) and a heat pad to treat our musculoskeletal conditions, followed by manual assistance. I am familiar with most of the exercises from Taichi, Quigong and yoga. What is different is the intensity and modified positions in order to overcome a pinch nerve. Graduated from San Juan Dios Hospital in Physiology, Luis is physically fit to work with patients that are heavier and taller than him. Luis told us that his grandmother’s stroke was the motivational factor in getting his license.

I am sincerely grateful for regaining my ability to walk and happy that J.J. and I have made a new acquaintance with Luis.

Aloha - Jeff