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.
The campaign for World Physiotherapy Day 2019 is focused 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.
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.