According to World Confederation of Physical Therapy, World Physiotherapy Day is celebrated for the physical therapists, to create awareness about the crucial contribution, the profession makes to keep people well, mobile and independent..
This day has been celebrated in India since the year, 2009..
Today in the year 2017, we still live in a world which is unaware of our profession..
The question is, why are people still not aware of physiotherapy inspite of us spending 8 years in making people aware of our profession..?
The reason is that, if we are trying to create awareness, it is a change in the people’s thinking and perception that we are trying to bring about.. And a change cannot be brought up in a single day.. A day out of the 365 days can be easily forgotten.. And what did we achieve by spending 8 days in 8 years talking and doing whatever we could do to make people aware of our profession..?
Did it serve our purpose?
No, of course not..
Because even today, people have the question of what is physiotherapy, and people who think they know, consider it to be just a synonym for massage..
No, i am not against creating awareness, on a particular day celebrated as World Physiotherapy Day but the what i am trying to say is that a change comes with time and it needs perseverance of actions..
So now if instead of spending 1 day in a year if we could spend 1 day per month doing something big or 1 day per week on a smaller scale, would that help?
Maybe yes, we could always try, it would be better than 1 day per year right?
The whole point is, if we make a difference in our patients life by spending days in treating them, then why are we devoting just 1 day to make the whole world aware of how hard we work to make our patient’s life worth living?
People need to be made aware of what goes into making, what we make possible for our patients..
It’s high time, 8 years have passed and now we need to make this year a memorable one for our profession.. We need to make the world aware that we put in our patience, knowledge and skill for days, months and years together, just to add life to years, of our patients and we never use massage for achieving that..