World Physio Day this Sun­day

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THIS Sun­day Septem­ber marks World Phys­io­ther­apy Day and pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise the vi­tal role that phys­io­ther­a­pists play in sup­port­ing Aus­tralians of all ages.

Ev­ery year, phys­io­ther­a­pists help mil­lions of peo­ple pre­vent and over­come mus­cu­loskele­tal prob­lems and dis­eases through man­ual ther­a­pies and ex­er­cise.

Phys­io­ther­a­pists help peo­ple through­out their life­span.

Stud­ies have shown that older adults en­gaged in reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity demon­strate im­proved bal­ance, strength, co­or­di­na­tion, mo­tor con­trol, flex­i­bil­ity, blood pres­sure and en­durance.

At the other end of the age range, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity pre­scribed by phys­i­cal ther­a­pists counters inac- tiv­ity and poor pos­ture in chil­dren that can lead to obe­sity, mus­cu­loskele­tal dis­or­ders and other prob­lems in adult life.

Physio Plus Whit­sun­day prin­ci­pal phys­io­ther­a­pist Tom McMillan said World Phys­io­ther­apy Day was es­tab­lished in 1996 by the World Con­fed- er­a­tion for Phys­io­ther­apy.

“As phys­ios we keep peo­ple mov­ing with­out pain. Peo­ple who stay ac­tive are more likely to be able to keep work­ing, en­gag­ing and en­joy­ing, with­out hav­ing to de­pend on oth­ers. They are fit for life,” he said.

DAY FOR PHYS­IOS: Lo­cal phys­io­ther­a­pist Tom McMillan and his staff will be cel­e­brat­ing World Phys­io­ther­apy Day this Sun­day.

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