World Physio Day this Sunday
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.