Non-communicable diseases

There is increasing global recognition of the role of physical therapists in preventing and treating non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and risk factors such as obesity and inactivity.  WCPT has compiled resource sheets drawing on research to help physical therapists inform others about their contribution.

Cardiovascular disease

Research findings on the benefits of exercise and physical therapy on preventing and treating conditions such as blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.


Research demonstrating that exercise is one of the key interventions that can help people control or reduce weight, and reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes.


Research indicating that physical therapists as exercise experts have a major role to play in the prevention and management of obesity - one of the main risk factors for NCDs.

Article about physical therapy and NCDs

An editorial in the journal Physiotherapy discusses the role of physical therapists in combatting NCDs.