The Physical Therapy Association of the Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrated World Physical Therapy Day for the first time, with a special half-day event based around the “Movement for health” theme. The celebration took place at the School of Physical Therapy, National Taiwan University, and attracted many members of the public and physical therapists.
Celebrations started with a speech given by the first Chinese female Olympic medal winner (hurdles, 1968) Cheng Chi, together with Wen-Jen Chien, President of PTAROC (Taiwan). Cheng Chi, who is also the founder of the Hope Organisation, has been promoting the idea of “walk for health” for years and encouraged participants to appreciate the benefits of exercise to our body and mind. As she spoke, Jie-Chen Cui, who turned one hundred years old earlier this year, demonstrated his own way of maintaining health with 20 types of self-created mat exercises.
President Chien stressed the importance of making exercise a daily routine, as there was evidence that well-planned exercises lower the incidence of many diseases and help rejuvenate body and mind.
At the same time, therapists from the Physical Therapy Center at National Taiwan University Hospital made fitness testing available to the public. The event aimed to make the government and public recognise the importance of fitness testing being included in regular health check-ups. There was also a competition of taping skills for physical therapists from all over Taiwan – the first time the association has held such a competition in clinical skills. The judges and the contestants were all enthusiasts in elastic and kinesio taping. After three rounds of competition, the winner was Ho-Chi Chien, a physical therapist with 10 years’ clinical experience, who walked away with a medal and a cash prize equivalent of £100 pounds.
With the success of this year’s celebration, the PTAROC (Taiwan) has decided to make World PT Day also a Taiwan PT Day – a time to remind the public of the importance of the profession in promoting holistic health and well-being and to facilitate professional growth in Taiwan.