What does the word physical therapy really mean? Regardless of the fact that the word is self explainatory, people somehow correlate it to massage.. And the question, why so, still remains a mystery for me..
Nevertheless, the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, defines physical therapy as services to restore maximum movement and functional ability..
But guess what, the day you see patients being treated you will realize its much more that we as physical therapists do, than just restoring maximum movement and functional ability..
We are there in the icu, making patients move to help them improve, without even needing to prove.. Complications are kept at bay, when we, are here to stay..
We help strentghen women, to make the process of taking care of the newborn free of physical stress..
We help the elderly, age more gracefully, by making them realise that age is just a number, on life’s page to remember..
We are who, make our patients forget what they don’t have and make them realise what they have.. We try to bring into light their strength, in order to make them forget their weaknesses.. And this is how we make things possible..
We are who make our patients stronger, when they think so, no longer…
Physical therapy is the way of healing someone with not just your touch, but also with your words.. The reason I say so, is because often when we treat, we use words to motivate along with physical contact.. And trust me this works wonders.. We teach the patient, to never say i can’t and always say i can, which installs belief that helps them get better faster..
We are no less than a motivational speaker for our patients… We motivate our patients to the point, where they start believing in themselves.. And that’s how we get things done..
For days we spend time to teach our patients to stand, to walk the same way as parents do with their children.. No matter how many times it needs to be repeated, we are always there trying are best to get our patients moving.. Wonder how? Try and test our patience, with our patients..
We make patients stand high, when their hopes our low..
When we treat patients its not just about gaining range of motion or strength, its about gaining patients confidence in themselves and in us.. Its about making them satisfied with their level of functioning in their daily life..
Our patients would tell you forever about our contribution in their journey to get better..
We are who, whose uniforms soil making you realise how much we made our patients toil..
We are who spent our lives, adding life to lives of our patients..
We are physical therapists.. We heal the world with Physical therapy.. And thats our weapon.. That’s our strength..
Physical therapy, is a profession where therapists spend days, weeks, months and years just to get their patients moving.. We spend so much time with our patients, working for long hours just to get them back to daily living and still end up with poor recognition even today..
I guess we are too busy working to add worth to the lives of others.. But that’s all that our profession is all about..
And hence our profession demands not just respect but recognition all over the world..
Happy World Physiotherapy Day….