Physiotherapy

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As defined in the recently renamed World Physiotherapy website1:

Physiotherapists provide services that develop, maintain and restore people’s maximum movement and functional ability. They can help people at any stage of life, when movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors.

Physiotherapists help people maximise their quality of life, looking at physical, psychological, emotional and social wellbeing. They work in the health spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, and rehabilitation.”

I like to think Physiotherapists guide people in regaining the ability to do the things they like to do. In the many areas physiotherapist can intervene in accordance with this aim, I’ve become interested mostly in musculoskeletal health.

Even though musculoskeletal conditions are not one of the main conditions associated with disability worldwide, according to the 2011 WHO World Report on Disability2, puts noncommunicable chronic diseases as the second main causes of disability worldwide. These include diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, mental disorders, cancer and respiratory illnesses. You might asking yourself what do these have to do with our muscles and bones? The connection is that the development and management of many of these communicable diseases is closely related to our ability to both be physically active and engage in the activities we enjoy and are important to us.

In this area of the site I aim to better understand these relationships, as well as discuss different topics and myths relating to our health, particularly the health of the musculoskeletal system.

  1. https://world.physio/resources/what-is-physiotherapy
  2. World Health Organization. World Report on Disability, (2011) – https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789241564182

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