WORLD PHYSIOTHERAPY DAY is celebrated all over the world on 8th September. This day was established in 1996 by “World Confederation for Physical Therapy” It is an opportunity for Physiotherapists all over the world to spread awareness about the crucial role of physiotherapy plays in making and keeping people well, mobile and independent. Physiotherapist are the members of rehabilitation team that helps to assess, diagnosis and treat physical symptoms with an aim to help restore movement and normal body function in cases of illness, injury and disability. Physiotherapists do not focus on individual factors of injury rather look body as a whole by using different approaches and treatment techniques such as movement and exercise, manual therapy techniques, aquatic therapy other techniques like physical modalities which help in healing and easing of pain symptoms. Physiotherapy is not only concerned with treating diseases/disabilities rather it has become an indispensable part of healthy living lifestyle. Everybody wants to be fit physically, mentally as well as socially so Physiotherapy provides a niche to all of them.
The first practice of physiotherapy started back in the 18th century. Mr. Henrik Ling started physiotherapy practice in 1813 in Sweden. So he is called as “FATHER OF SWEDISH GYMNASTICS”. After several years of practice, he established ROYAL CENTRAL INSTITUTE OF GYMNASTICS. In that institute, he mainly focused on the massage, exercises and manipulation. After that in 1887, physiotherapists were given official registration by Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare. Other countries soon followed.
In following years, various methods and other techniques developed in the field of physiotherapy. Modern physiotherapy was established in Britain in the 19th century. Soon in other countries, people started practicing physiotherapy. During the period of First World War role of physiotherapy was greatly emphasized. Women were recruited for rehabilitating injured soldiers. And then physiotherapy field became famous worldwide.
Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness, and disability. They maintain the health of all age group patients by focusing on Exercises, Manual therapy, Education, and Advice. Physiotherapists use their knowledge and skills to improve various conditions associated different systems of our body such as:
- Musculoskeletal (back pain, knee pain, sports injuries, arthritis etc)
- Neurological (stroke, parkinsonism, GB syndrome etc)
- Respiratory (asthma, pneumonia, COPD)
- Cardiovascular (chronic heart diseases, rehabilitation after heart attack)
Spinalogy Clinic believes in Physiotherapy as one of the main treatment modality in multidisciplinary treatment to treat patients of Neck, Back and Joint pain without surgery. I take this opportunity to thank all the physiotherapists who have worked & are working with Spinalogy and also those who are working all over the world for their contribution to making patients pain free and mobile. I wish you all Happy “World Physiotherapy Day”.
Stay Healthy, Stay Fit!