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Use physical activity as a prescription - hospital physiotherapists

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 12:13 AM
Nurse at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Sewell Lewis, performs a blood sugar test on a customer at the health fair and expo.
Intern at the Mandeville Regional Hospital Physiotherapy Department, Shanique Stewart, performs the height and weight measurements of a customer at the health fair and expo recently.
The team of physiotherapists at the Mandeville Regional Hospital
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The team of physiotherapists at the Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester is encouraging the general public to use physical activity as a prescription for healthier lifestyles.

Manager and head of Department for Physiotherapy Services at the MRH, Denzil Williams, explained that part of the objective of the commemoration of World Physiotherapy Week is "for patients and prospective patients to understand that exercise is a prescription, and we want it to be prescribed by physical therapists who are the specialists in this area. We also want the public to understand that physical activity is for everyone."

Williams was speaking recently at a health fair and exposition which culminated a week of activities to mark World Physiotherapy Week, September 4-8, under the theme, 'Physical Activity for Life'. The health fair featured several activities, including free blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checks, free fitness testing, and consultations.

The week's activities also included several educational sessions regarding physiotherapy for orthapaedic and paediatric patients; pre-operative and post operative care in gynaecology and surgical patients; exercises during pregnancy; and exercise for renal, diabetic and hypertensive patients.

Williams explained that the physiotherapy team also used the week's celebration to sensitise patients to the importance of physical activity in various aspects of one's life including the impact on non-communicable diseases.

"Sedentary lifestyle has little or no physical activity, and this is what we want to minimise among the population. We want to keep our workforce and the populace healthy and moving and at less risk for non-communicable diseases" he added.

Williams explained that a physiotherapist is a trained professional who is a rehabilitation and movement specialist, adding that "we bring a person back to functionality, we bring them back to the workforce to add meaning and value to work".