The day was celebrated for one whole week from 6th to 13th September. Many physiotherapy colleges celebrated by organising awareness programmes, blood donation camps and geriatric camps.
Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP)
The World Physiotherapy Day celebrations in India were inaugurated by Dr.Ali Irani at I.T.S Group of Institutions, Ghaziabad on the 8th of September 2010. A congregation of leading physiotherapy practitioners from hospitals, clinics, & academics participated in the event to mark “A day for the profession”. Free physiotherapy for a fortnight was organized by I.T.S College to create awareness among the masses about the role of physiotherapy in maintaining health & to delay ageing.
The event was attended by around 200 physiotherapists & students who pledged to work for the profession.
Awards for excellence in academics were distributed to students of the college who had secured university grades in the recent examinations. Congratulating the students, Arpit Chadha, Vice-Chairman of the ITS Group of Institutions, commended the role played by physiotherapy in the treatment of various medical problems.
The IAP also celebrated World Physiotherapy Day by conducting a free geriatric physiotherapy camp at Mother Teresa Mercy home at Calicut, Kerala, and an awareness rally in collaboration with AWH Physiotherapy college, Calicut, which achieved good media coverage.
Amity Institute of Physiotherapy, Amity University
Continuing the tradition of celebrating this day Amity Institute of Physiotherapy, in collaboration with Indian Association of Physiotherapists, kicked off the celebrations by organising a Blood Donation Camp on 8 September. More than 200 students turned up to contribute and donate. A Debate & Poster competition was also organized on the various topics related to Physiotherapy.
Dwelling on the changing role of physiotherapists and increasing reach of physiotherapy, Dr. Irani said, “Today the greatest challenge of a physiotherapist is not to treat the disorder but to identify and prevent the cause of the disorder”. He demonstrated practical techniques for examination and treatment.
Dr M V Shetty College of Physiotherapy
On 8th September 2010 World Physiotherapy Day was celebrated by Dr M .V Shetty College of Physiotherapy in association with Indian Association of Physiotherapy Mangalore Branch. On this day symposium is conducted on “A Neuro development treatment approach for children’s with Cerebral palsy and Role of Physiotherapist in Intensive care unit and Cardiac rehabilitation”. The Key note address was by Mrs Hima Urmila Shetty, who spoke about the need and scope of physiotherapy and how much more could be done by the physiotherapists in urban and rural setups.
She inspired the students to think big, dream big and realise those dreams.
Awareness camp, Mangalore
On World Physical Therapy Day a community physiotherapy awareness camp was organised at the Corporation Bank Headquarters in Mangalore. The speaker for the programme was Prof.Umasankar Mohanty, Central Executive Committee Member of The Indian Association of Physiotherapists.
Maharashtra University of Health Sciences
Padmashree Dr.Vithalrao Vikhe Patil Foundation’s college of physiotherapy Ahmednagar Maharashtra under Maharashtra University of Health Sciences celebrated World Physical Therapy Day 2010 by organising a camp at the district leprosy centre & a physiotherapy quiz for the students. The camp was a great success and the patients were satisfied with the assessment & treatment they received. The students performed role play for the patients regarding awareness about physiotherapy. Patients also got involved in the camp & shared their experiences. These patients will be followed every month by a team of physiotherapists visiting the centre.