World Physical Therapy Day
annually on September 8th (since 1996)
Physical therapists help people of all ages stay active and mobile through advice and exercise programs. World Physical Therapy Day is a day "for physical therapists from all over the world to raise awareness about the crucial contribution the profession makes to keeping people well, mobile, and independent." It is organized by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), and the overall theme each year is "Movement for Health". Each year has a different message. For example, in 2014, the message was "Fit to Take Part", which focused on how physical therapists help people with long-term illnesses reach their full potential. 2017's message is "Physical Activity for Life", which focuses on how physical therapists can help people of all ages stay active.
How to Observe World Physical Therapy Day
If you are a physical therapist, the day should be spent raising awareness, and illuminating the public as to how physical therapists are important to the well-being of society. It is also a day to reflect on your own health and well being, and to assess if you are reaching your own goals you set for yourself. If you are not a physical therapist, you can still focus on your own health and well being, and reflect on physical goals you have set for yourself. If you have a physical therapist, this may be a good do to make an appointment, or it may simply be a good day to call them and thank them for their help. Everyone can celebrate by reading over the World Physical Health Day toolkit, which provides information on how to take part, as well as posters, postcards, flyers, and infographics.