Septemeber the 8th marks World Physiotherapy day, a global event recognising the incredible role physiotherapists play in the community and the relationships that patients have with their physiotherapist.

The theme for this year’s World Physiotherapy Day is ‘add life to years’, building on the findings of WHO’s World Report on Ageing and Health and a range of reports indicating the contribution and cost effectiveness of physiotherapy in healthy ageing. As we all know, the ageing population is growing, with an expected 2 billion people over the age of 60 by the year 2050.

So how can physiotherapists help?

Physiotherapists are health professionals who have a key role in helping people with long-term conditions achieve their goals, fulfill their potential and participate fully in society. They work with people to maximise movement and functional ability, enhancing independence and quality of life.

Structured and tailored exercise programs are often essential to promote independence in older people. Physiotherapy led exercise programs have been shown to reduce the risks of falls in the ageing population, and thus reducing fall related injuries, by improving strength, balance and flexibility.

Exercise programs have also showed improved outcomes post stroke, improved quality of life in those with dementia, and quality of life and function for those suffering from arthritic conditions and cardiac problems.

This year, the Physiotherapy profession is trying to raise awareness on the importance of movement and exercise on quality of life. If you require a tailored exercise program, or advice on commencing an exercise program, please contact your physiotherapist at Caulfield Natural Health Clinic, Shanee Fleischer.


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