The Singapore Physiotherapy Association celebrated World Physical Therapy Day with a day-long public event including awards, musculoskeletal and ergonomic testing, fitness and back pain consultations, falls assessments, Tai-Chi demonstrations and give-away goodie bags.
Physiotherapists from all major hospitals and private clinics and over 50 physiotherapy students from the Nanyang Polytechnic Physiotherapy School volunteered their services to ensure the success of this event.
The event was held in East Coast Park and attended by Singapore Health Minister, Khaw Boon Wan, who opened the event by releasing the “Movement for Health” banner amid confetti and applause. The Minister toured the exhibits showcasing the expert services provided by physical therapists in Singapore.
This year’s celebrations pioneered the inaugural Physiotherapist of the Year award, rewarding commitment to clinical education, research, clinical work and managerial roles, which received nominations from all over the island. “This will hopefully serve to inspire and drive the younger generation to aspire for greater heights,” says Geetha Kayambu, Chairperson of Public Relations with the Singapore Physiotherapy Association.
The events held in both the morning and afternoon drew huge crowds. Entrants were given goodie bags full of wholesome health products. There were free musculoskeletal and ergonomics consultations for those suffering back and neck pain who were unsure of a suitable fitness routine, and fitness counselling based on body mass index calculations and derived target heart rates. Free falls assessments using the Berg Balance Scale were also popular with the older population.
Mass Tai-Chi demonstrations were the highlight of the day, with ongoing sessions for the public despite the hot weather. Tai Chi is growing in popularity among physiotherapists in the areas of diabetes, osteoarthritis and other clinical conditions.
“The concerted effort of my public relations team and the Student Committee of SPA has made this celebration enjoyable and memorable,” says Geetha Kayambu. “After sleepless nights to pull together this event over busy work schedules and exam periods, we are indeed very pleased with the outcome. It was indeed an enriching experience for us and we are very proud to have been able to help educate the public about the services offered by physiotherapy.”