To feel good, we need to be physically and mentally fit. And to be fit, we need to be physically active. On World Physiotherapy Day, which falls on September 8 every year, physiotherapists across the world urge everyone to be more active to add years to their life.
This year too, the advocates of good health are raising awareness with campaigns and work shops. The overarching theme for this year is 'movement for health.'
Here, Jyothi K. Pattensett, chief physiotherapist of Meitra Hospital, Kozhikode, talks to Onmanorama about the importance of physiotherapy.
“The future of healthcare lies in an integrated approach in which multidisciplinary teams offer a wide range of services to maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout one’s lifespan.
“Physiotherapists are trained and licensed medical professionals with experience in diagnosing physical abnormalities, restoring, maintaining and promoting physical activity and proper function by helping a patient in all phases of healing, from initial diagnosis through the restorative and preventive stages of recovery.
“Physiotherapy may be a stand-alone option, or it may support other treatments and can treat a wide variety of medical conditions, depending on their specialty.
“As the motto of this year by World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT), “Movement For Health," goes, physiotherapists work to minimize or reduce dysfunction among their patients. It deals with movement sciences and bodily function, to ease the patient out of pain.
“People nowadays lead a mechanical life, which results in many physical problems and physiotherapy plays an important role in enabling the patient to get back to normal functional activities of life through routine exercise and hence, it is a preventive and curative science.
“The latest techniques such as manual therapy, dry needling, cupping therapy, etc., have now speeded up patient recovery, some of the conditions react so well to physiotherapy that sometimes, surgery can be avoided altogether.
“There are several classes of health issues that occur due to today’s lifestyle. A few of them are chronic conditions, which show up at a young age, and some are mostly diagnosed in elderly patients.
“The benefits of exercises greatly outweigh the risks. So, by maintaining a reasonable balance between exercise and recovery, one can avoid these risks. Add years to life and life to years – yes, this is what we do.
“So let’s not wait for the aches and pains to hit the gym. Instead, start your day exercising. Let’s move together in a physio way.”