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World Physiotherapy Day September 8th 2017

Each year, on 8 September, we celebrate 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’—aligning with the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. The message builds 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.

Physiotherapists are health professionals who have a key role in helping people with long-term conditions achieve their goals, fulfil their potential and participate fully in society. They work with people to maximise movement and functional ability. If you have problems that affect your mobility, ask a physiotherapist, the qualified experts in movement and exercise.

On World Physiotherapy Day, we promote awareness of the benefits of physiotherapy in the prevention, maintenance and treatment of injuries to ensure all Australians can add life to years.

(Source: Australian Physiotherapy Association)


To Celebrate World Physiotherapy day 2017 all the Physiotherapists have been interviewed, Below are their responses.


What is the best thing about being a physiotherapist?

Without a doubt helping people to achieve their goals. Seeing people transform themselves following an injury so that eventually there are stronger and moving better than pre injury is the ultimate goal and gives the most satisfaction as a Physio. If someone tells me that they feel better that what they did pre injury or they are able to do something that they haven’t been able to do in a long time than I know I have done a good job.


What is the best thing about being a physiotherapist?
I have been a Physio for over 20 years now and I still get such a thrill helping people: whether it is reducing pain, improving movement, helping people with exercises or empowering people to make the lifestyle changes needed to live a healthier life.


What is the best thing about being a physiotherapist?

Very simply – to be able to help others. To spread knowledge and address an issue, one step at a time. To meet several hundred faces each year and work through each issue, each injury, one at a time.

To self-empower people with knowledge and understanding that they can have for the rest of their lives. The physical component of treatment is obviously an integral part of physiotherapy but it is the knowledge base that I believe is indispensable. Obviously it is a huge bonus to be able to watch people improve and observe them going from a painful state to pain-free.

It can be an extremely draining job but I can honestly say I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else – I have never enjoyed it so much.


What is the best thing about being a physiotherapist?

I enjoy the mental Challenge of problem solving with clients in a vulnerable situation, helping them understand whats going on ans what we can do to assist.

De – escalating someone who has thought the worst of their situation, Instilling in them optimism and confidence is a great outcome and good feeling.


What is the best thing about being a physiotherapist?

Being able to help people reach the goals that are most important to them. No matter how big or small, it’s really rewarding to be a part of that journey. I also love that physio can take you in so many directions. From the clinic to the sports field, the possibilities are endless!


What is the best thing about being a physiotherapist?

The best thing about being a Physiotherapist is being able to help people in need and have a positive impact on someone’s life. It’s awesome to be able to help people understand what is causing their pain and particularly when someone has that light bulb moment when they understand exactly what is going on with their body. It’s also great to be able to meet a wide range of people and to help people achieve their goals.


What is the best thing about being a physiotherapist?

The best part about  being a Physio is having the opportunity to help people reach their goals. I love that as a Physio no day is ever the same. I get to meet so many different people and work with them to achieve their personal goals whether it be recovering from an injury or fitness & health goals.


What is the best thing about being a physiotherapist?

The best part about being a physio is definitely the way you get to surprise patients with what they’re capable of doing with their bodies. Most people believe that they’ll be stuck with their aches and pains forever or can only reach a certain stage with their sporting careers. It’s a great feeling knowing that I can help make a difference in patient’s every day lives.
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