8th September marks annual World Physiotherapy Day. Theme for World Physiotherapy Day this year is “Chronic Pain”. Theme focuses on the role that physiotherapy and physical activity can have in helping people manage chronic pain. According to the World Confederation of Physical Therapists, physical therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing one’s quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/ intervention, habilitation, and rehabilitation.The prevalence of non-communicable diseases is on the rise, due to individuals entering unhealthy lifestyles and partaking in less physical activities.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been successful in controlling numerous infectious diseases, however, the biggest challenge today is the mortality and morbidity from non-communicable diseases such as obesity, increased blood pressure, diabetes, depression, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases which kill more than 36 million people each year and have become the leading cause of death in the world. Shree Balaji Hospital & College of Nursing Kangra is addressing these challenges through various initiatives.
Therefore today, on World Physiotherapy day, it is crucial to understand the importance of exercise to manage chronic pain in order 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, and to take back control of your life. Physiotherapy is important for all ages. With the worldwide growth of chronic pain especially with young people texting more and exercising less, the need to ‘get physical’ is more important than ever.
Dr Rajesh Sharma, CMD
Shree Balaji Hospital & College of Nursing Kangra