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World Physical Therapy Day - September 8
Sun, Sep 8, 2024

World Physical Therapy Day

World Physical Therapy Day was established with one goal in mind—to demonstrate the benefits of physical therapy, highlight the importance of physiotherapists, and explain how exercise can help combat chronic pain. The work of these specialists is invaluable as they treat injuries, various deformities, teach patients to lead a healthy life, and restore lost functions. Physiotherapists typically address pain in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions, as well as headaches and muscular dystrophy.

History

World Physical Therapy Day was founded on the initiative of the World Confederation of Physiotherapists. The date of September 8 was specifically chosen because it marks the day in 1926 when this organization was established, and 20 years later, the holiday was added to the calendar to symbolize the unity of the physiotherapy community. Physiotherapy is an ancient medical practice. Hippocrates wrote about it, and he was the one who devised a special technique for manual manipulation to alleviate pain.

Interesting Facts

  • During World War II, special clinics were established where patients underwent physiotherapy courses. Soldiers received treatment here after being wounded.
  • A course of physiotherapy can significantly reduce rehabilitation time and accelerate full recovery.
  • This technique is currently used to treat complex and serious diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, asthma, and arthritis.
  • Beyond manual techniques, specialists also employ hardware techniques that utilize ultrasound and electricity.
  • With well-chosen therapy, patients can sometimes avoid the need for surgery.

How to take part

Participate in any events organized by physiotherapists in your area, such as walks, lectures, or exercise masterclasses. Some doctors offer free examinations and consultations on this day. Thank a doctor friend for their help and noble work. Share information on social networks to encourage people to express gratitude to doctors.

When is World Physical Therapy Day celebrated in 2024?

World Physical Therapy Day is observed on September 8 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday September 8 2024
Monday September 8 2025
Tuesday September 8 2026
Wednesday September 8 2027
Friday September 8 2028
Saturday September 8 2029