‘Physiotherapy can improve mental health’

Kathmandu, September 8

World Physiotherapy Day was marked across the country by organising various programmes, including futsal competitions, blood donation camps and dance competitions.

Vice-president of Nepal Physiotherapy Association Laxman Adhikari said that due to lack of awareness among people about the relation between mental health and physiotherapy, very few people sought physiotherapy treatment.

“Physiotherapy is a degree-based healthcare profession. Physiotherapists use their knowledge and skills to improve a range of conditions associated with neurological, neuro-musculo-skeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.”

The day is an opportunity 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.

Not only this, physiotherapists help cure back pain or sudden injury and treat long-term medical condition such as asthma. Physiotherapy is also useful to treat children with down syndrome and autism.

According to Nepal Health Professional Council, 2,000 physiotherapists are registered with Nepal Health Professional Council and there are some 100 private physiotherapy centres in Kathmandu valley. “