Evidence shows that people who stay active are more likely to keep working, engaging in society and enjoying life – and that physical therapists have a vital role in helping them do so at every stage of life. This is the message that thousands of physical therapists (known in some countries as physiotherapists) are sending out on World Physical Therapy Day on 8th September.
Every year, physical therapists help millions of people prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer through recommending safe and appropriate exercise programmes. They help people be “Fit for Life” – the theme of this year’s World Physical Therapy Day.
Physical therapists also help people manage the effects of these conditions, along with the effects of aging, a wide range of diseases, accidents and the stresses and strains of life. WCPT has compiled a resource booklet demonstrating the immense contribution of physical therapists, available at www.wcpt.org/wptday-clinical-resources.
WCPT President Marilyn Moffat says the message on World Physical Therapy Day is clear: as the movement, physical activity and exercise experts, physical therapists are a vital resource in helping people remain active, happy and productive – all the way from childhood to later life. “Many people do not recognize the contribution to keeping people healthy and independent,” she says. “World Physical Therapy Day is an opportunity to change that.”
For more information, contact your national physical therapy organization (see http://www.wcpt.org/)