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World Physiotherapy Day 2019

Posted on 8th September 2019 by

Every year, on the 8th September, World Physiotherapy Day takes place – a day to recognise the work that physiotherapists do and the difference that our profession can make to peoples lives.

goPhysio Chronic pain

The campaign for World Physiotherapy Day 2019 is focussed around the theme of chronic pain and the role that physiotherapy and physical activity can have in helping people manage chronic pain.

The campaign is focused around the following key messages about the benefits of using exercise to manage chronic pain to:

  • maintain flexibility and movement
  • improve cardiovascular health
  • build and keep muscle tone
  • improve mood and general wellbeing
  • help control pain
  • increase confidence to take part in activities
  • take back control of your life and reduce your fear.

These messages are important not just to encourage health and activity in populations. They can help demonstrate how Physio’s keep people moving through interventions which maximise strength and mobility. Through advice and exercise programmes, physio’s support people of all ages to achieve activity goals.

What is chronic pain?

Chronic or persistent pain is pain that carries on for longer than 12 weeks despite medication or treatment. Most people get back to normal after pain following an injury or operation. But sometimes the pain carries on for longer or comes on without any history of an injury or operation. It can be an extremely frustrating, confusing and challenging time.

Here’s a fantastic video that explains it further.

As Physio’s, we can help people with such pain to get moving without fear, where the brain isn’t protecting by pain. There really is so much power in having the confidence and support to get moving.

Chronic pain how physio can help
goPhysio Chronic pain
goPhysio Chronic pain

If you have pain and want help and support, please give us a call on 023 8025 3317 to see how we can help you.


World Physical Therapy Day 2017

Posted on 8th September 2017 by

Today, 8th September is World Physical Therapy Day. The day is an opportunity for Physiotherapists from all over the world to raise awareness about the crucial contribution the profession makes to keeping people well, mobile and independent.

The overarching theme for World Physical Therapy Day each year is ‘Movement for Health’. This year, the message is “Physical activity for life”, highlighting the important role that physiotherapists play in healthy ageing.

There are well evidenced guidelines for the amount of recommended physical activity for adults aged 18–64. Physical activity includes leisure time physical activity (for example: walking, dancing, gardening, hiking, swimming), transportation (e.g. walking or cycling), occupational (i.e. work), household chores, play, games, sports or planned exercise, in the context of daily, family, and community activities.

In order to improve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, bone health, reduce the risk of NCDs and depression:

  • Adults aged 18–64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.
  • Aerobic activity should be performed in bouts of at least 10 minutes duration.
  • For additional health benefits, adults should increase their moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes per week, or engage in 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.
  • Muscle-strengthening activities should be done involving major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week.

Why do Physiotherapists play such an important role in supporting physical activity?

We play a crucial role in both keeping and improving people’s activity levels. “If you’re injured or in pain, the first thing people tend to do is rest” says goPhysio’s Clinical Director, Paul Baker. “GP’s often use this as their first line of advice. But rest isn’t always the best way to recover from an injury. We aim to help people stay as active as they can whilst they recover – be it alternative activities or modifications.”

“People often get scared to move if they’re in pain, so we reassure people and give them the confidence that movement is OK. When this is done early on, it prevents so many potential secondary issues evolving.”

“We also help and encourage people to try things that they may not think possible, particularly the older section of patients we see.”

Our Positive Steps classes for example are specifically designed for over 60’s, so they can gain confidence exercising in a friendly, supportive environment. We also offer a range of Clinical Pilates classes, great for improving strength and balance. Everything we offer at goPhysio is led by clinical experts, so they are in the unique position of bering able to focus not only on fitness and wellbeing but also combining this with knowledge and expertise in injury and health conditions.Physical activity guide

 

If you’d like to improve your physical activities, but are limited by pain, injury or confidence, then please do get in touch to find out how we could help you.

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World Physiotherapy Day ‘Add life to years’

Posted on 8th September 2016 by

I love this years message for World Physiotherapy Day

Add life to years

I think it really encompasses everything we do as physiotherapists. Under the umbrella theme of Movement for Health, adding life to years highlights what a positive impact physiotherapist can have on improving people’s quality of life.

It’s often the very small things that really improve every day quality of life – getting up out of a chair without sound effects, being able to reach down to put socks on, looking after grandchildren or going on holiday. It’s these things that we really focus on during your physiotherapy sessions – exactly what matters to you.

This years message builds on the findings of the WHO’s report on ageing and health. The findings highlight that:

  • Physiotherapists help older people be independent, improving their quality of life and reducing health care costs.
  • Physiotherapists address the non-communicable diseases which compromise independence in older age.
  • Structured and tailored exercise programmes are often essential to promote independence in older people.

With the continued growth of the ageing population, improving quality of life and independence for older people is becoming increasingly important.

World Physical Therapy Day 2016

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