OTTAWA, April 11, 2013 /CNW/ - May is National Physiotherapy Month in Canada. The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) will celebrate by engaging members, patients and the public in events and activities that will help to raise awareness of the profession and its many benefits for patients.
"Physiotherapy is a growing profession — growing in terms of the number of practitioners and growing in the range of conditions we can treat," says Doug Treloar, BMR PT, incoming CPA president. "It's exciting to have a month to recognize the contributions of our members to the health and mobility of Canadians."
Physiotherapists make important contributions to the health and well-being of Canadians every day. As primary care professionals, Canadian physiotherapists promote mobility, wellness and independence for all ages and use their extensive education and clinical experience to assess, diagnose and treat a broad range of conditions. Physiotherapists know how the body works, how to keep it moving and how to get it moving again.
Physiotherapists do more than help rehabilitate people after an accident or injury. They help manage chronic lung disease, care for musculoskeletal conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, help stroke patients recover and even help prevent chronic disease. For example, 50,000 Canadians suffer a stroke each year, and 75 per cent of the survivors have some level of disability. Early admission to in-patient rehabilitation not only improves patient outcomes but also reduces long-term health-care costs — and that affects all Canadians.
This May CPA will introduce a social media program to encourage patients to SAY THANKS to a physiotherapist who has transformed their quality of life. Members, patients and the public are invited to visit the new National Physiotherapy Month website, www.npmcanada.ca, to SAY THANKS, complete online surveys, download promotional material and learn more about how physiotherapists are helping Canadians.
The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) represents over 12,000 physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants and physiotherapy students across Canada. CPA members are rehabilitation professionals dedicated to the health, mobility and fitness of Canadians. In partnership with provincial and territorial branches and practice divisions, CPA enables members to learn, share knowledge and enhance practice. CPA provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enable our professional community to better serve Canadians. www.physiotherapy.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Physiotherapy Association
For further information:
contact Tara Jackson, Communications Manager, Canadian Physiotherapy Association at 1-800-387-8679, x222, or [email protected]