G et ac­tive to pre­vent the dis­eases of civil­i­sa­tion

Central Leader - - Health & Beauty -

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.

P u s h P l ay :

Phys­io­ther­a­pists are wo r king hard to help ke ep New Zealande r s m ov i n g .

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