News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Be fit for your job, your leisure, your life.


Be fit for your job, your leisure, your life.

Some prominent New Zealanders are profiled to show how physiotherapy enables them to excel in their chosen activities. Accompanying this news release are three stories: one, entitled Physiotherapy for the Extremes, about extreme sportsman Mark Inglis; another, called Striving for the Perfect Game, about elite young sportswoman Anna Scarlett, who has chosen physiotherapy for her career; and A Workplace Success Story, analysing a highly successful collaboration between a physiotherapy clinic and major New Zealand firm Fulton Hogan - a collaboration which has contributed to a dramatic reduction in the injuries suffered by the firm's manual workers.

The common thread linking an elite athlete, an extreme sportsman and teams of manual workers is the emphasis on taking responsibility for being strong enough to do what you need or want to do in life. Training, lifestyle modifications, thinking through the tasks ahead, and good old common sense are all elements of the preparation provided by physiotherapists.

Physiotherapists have chosen the theme of Strength and Safety at Work and Play for World Physiotherapy Day (8 September) this year.

Physiotherapists around New Zealand will be demonstrating the diverse roles they play in helping people to build up strength and stay safe in every aspect of life.

Promoting and maintaining individuals' good health and vitality make up a major part of what physiotherapists do. Physiotherapists are "movement specialists" who help people stay active and keep moving. They teach good movement techniques to help individuals in whatever they are doing. An occasional sports player, an elite athlete, a road builder, an office worker, a housekeeper all can learn techniques for moving safely and building up strength.

Everyone has seen physiotherapists on the sports field dealing with injuries, or in hospital helping people to mobilise again after an accident - the rehabilitative side of physiotherapy. This September, physiotherapists want to show the preventative side of their jobs.

Around the country various events will celebrate World Physiotherapy Day. Some branches of the New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists (NZSP) will be profiling local identities who have benefited from physiotherapy.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Renée, Wystan Curnow, Michael Harlow:: PM's Awards For Literary Achievement

Feminist and working-class stories, poetry as song, and a deeper understanding of New Zealand art – these are just some of the frontiers explored by this year’s winners of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. More>>

ALSO:

It's A Coo: Kererū Crowned Bird Of The Year For 2018

With a whoosh-whoosh, the kererū has swooped to glory for the first time, in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition. More>>

ALSO:

Mustelids: Zealandia Traps Weasel Intruder

Zealandia has successfully trapped a weasel discovered within the protected wildlife sanctuary... The female weasel was found in a DOC200 trap by a Zealandia Ranger, at the southern end of the sanctuary where the animal was first detected. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Stray Echoes Leave No Trace

Writer and director Dustin Feneley's feature debut is a beautifully lyrical and cinematic tone poem that brings an unflinching eye to loneliness and isolation. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland