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.