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Physios combatting effects of inactivity

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World Physiotherapy Day is on 8 September, and MidCentral DHB’s physiotherapists are encouraging everyone to stay active.

The physiotherapists are getting in behind the national ‘Movement for Movement’ campaign that aims to get people thinking about how movement is important to them and healthy for their body.

A big part of this push for movement is being active in the ways that work with your body. Not everyone can do a five kilometre run each day, but they can do the best their skill level allows.

Physiotherapists focus on helping those with injuries, disabilities and health conditions keep moving, in order to help them feel physically and emotionally healthy.

MidCentral DHB’s Professional Advisor, Physiotherapy Gabrielle Scott is encouraging everyone to take up the ‘movement for movement’.

She said: “Keeping active is a really important part of living a healthy life. Everyone has a different level of mobility and it’s about tailoring their activity to what’s important for them and their lifestyle.

“If people are struggling to stay active because of an injury or other health condition, a visit to a local physiotherapist could really make all the difference. You can talk to your general practice team to see if they think it would be right for you, or book an appointment directly with a local physiotherapist.”

Physiotherapists work across a wide range of areas including hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, local private clinics and sports facilities. They can help treat joint and muscular conditions, work related injuries and trauma, diabetes, brain and nervous system injuries, and many others. A key focus of the work that they do is to maintain or improve your current abilities to help reduce the risk of immobility and weakness.

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