Move it or lose it


Phys­io­ther­a­pists have a sim­ple mes­sage: keep on mov­ing.

MidCen­tral Dis­trict Health phys­io­ther­a­pists cel­e­brated World Physio Day at Palmer­ston North Hos­pi­tal last week.

Es­tab­lished in 1996, World Phys­io­ther­apy Day falls on Septem­ber 8 ev­ery year. In­volv­ing some 350,000 mem­bers of the pro­fes­sion in 111 coun­tries, the day was an op­por­tu­nity that phys­io­ther­a­pists (also known as phys­i­cal ther­a­pists) took to raise aware­ness about their role in keep­ing peo­ple well, mo­bile and in­de­pen­dent.

Themed as ‘Move­ment for Move­ment’, Manawatu’s phys­io­ther­a­pists were keen to re­mind peo­ple how they can stay healthy.

The ‘Move­ment for Move­ment’ cam­paign aims to get peo­ple think­ing about how move­ment is im­por­tant to them, not only for phys­i­cal but for men­tal well-be­ing as well.

While the day has been and gone, MidCen­tral phys­io­ther­apy pro­fes­sional ad­vi­sor Gabrielle Scott is en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to take the cam­paign’s on­go­ing mes­sage to heart.

‘‘Keep­ing ac­tive is a re­ally im­por­tant part of liv­ing a healthy life. Ev­ery­one has a dif­fer­ent level of mo­bil­ity and it’s about tai­lor­ing their ac­tiv­ity to what’s im­por­tant for them and their lifestyle.’’

Phys­io­ther­apy is not just for peo­ple who regularly play sport. No mat­ter what level of fit­ness or abil­ity, Gabrielle says stay­ing ac­tive has plenty of ben­e­fits.

A key fo­cus of the work that phys­ios do is main­tain­ing or im­prov­ing peo­ple’s cur­rent abil­i­ties to help re­duce the risk of im­mo­bil­ity and weak­ness.

Their pro­fes­sional role is to en­cour­age, guide, pre­scribe and man­age ex­er­cise ac­tiv­i­ties and other ef­forts that pro­mote health, well­be­ing and fit­ness.

‘‘If peo­ple are strug­gling to stay ac­tive be­cause of an in­jury or other health con­di­tion, a visit to a lo­cal phys­io­ther­a­pist could re­ally make all the dif­fer­ence,’’ Gabrielle says.

Phys­io­ther­apy is not lim­ited to treat­ing mus­cu­lar prob­lems; phys­ios also treat work-re­lated in­juries and trauma, along with many other con­di­tions such as brain and ner­vous sys­tem in­juries, and di­a­betes.


There was no ‘skip­ping the ropes’ for these dan­gling MidCen­tral phys­ios. In fact, ( from left) Robyn Nielsen, Anya Duyvestyn and Mal­colm Neall re­ally got to know their ropes as part of the Move­ment for Move­ment themed World Physio Day held last week at Palmer­ston North Hos­pi­tal.

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