G et active to prevent the diseases of civilisation
Physiotherapists are joining forces in the great worldwide public health war of the 21st century: The war against “the diseases of civilisation” – long-term conditions induced or made worse by inactivity.
The theme for World Physiotherapy Day, held last Monday, was Physiotherapy K eeps You Moving.
Some of the problems all health professionals must unite to combat include: • Diabetes: 180 million people worldwide have diabetes • Obesity: 350m people globally are obese. At least 20m children under five are overweight • Heart attack and stroke: Cardiovascular diseases account for 29 percent of the world’s deaths • Lung diseases: 210m individuals around the world have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease • The recent report A Portrait of Health (2008) shows these conditions are just as prevalent here in New Zealand.
To arm its members to fi ght the war against “the diseases of civilisation” the New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists has released its report,
Engaging in Primary Health Care.
Research evidence is clear that being active is key to preventing or improving these conditions, as well as many others, including cancer.
Physiotherapists empower the signifi cant group of high-risk people who are afraid of activity, fearing that they may make existing conditions worse.
For these people, Push Play advertisements, green prescriptions from doctors and advice from practice nurses are not enough to get them moving.
They need physiotherapists who specialise in human movement and have a comprehensive knowledge and injury.
With an advanced understanding of how the body moves and what keeps it from moving well, physiotherapists promote wellness, mobility and independence.
They treat and prevent many problems
disease caused by pain, illness, disability and disease, injuries and age.
They diagnose, assess and treat individuals, developing a specifi c activity programme for each, which sometimes includes group exercise classes.
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Physiotherapists are wo r king hard to help ke ep New Zealande r s m ov i n g .