Síne Vasquez, Senior Physiotherapist and Chair of the ISCP's 2012 Move 4 Health Campaign, at the launch of "30 minutes to fight cancer", with a young assistant.
Síne Vasquez, Senior Physiotherapist and Chair of the ISCP's 2012 Move 4 Health Campaign, at the launch of "30 minutes to fight cancer", with a young assistant.

News in brief

Cancer campaign shows the way

Members of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists have demonstrated the high profile that can be achieved when campaigning about the role of the profession in fighting non-communicable disease (NCDs). Their “30 minutes to fight cancer” campaign attracted widespread national publicity.  Every year the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists runs a public awareness campaign to promote exercise under the banner “Move 4 Health”. WCPT is urging all its member organisations to organise similar activities for World Physical Therapy Day on 8th September this year. There’s a wealth of materials and ideas available at www.wcpt.org/wptday

Congress gives rise to journal article

Discussions by physical therapists at last year’s WCPT Congress have appeared as a paper in the journal International Musculoskeletal Medicine. The paper, entitled “Evidence-based exercise prescription, raising the standard of delivery” is based on a discussion panel of the same name presented at the congress in Amsterdam by WCPT’s President Marilyn Moffat, Stefan Hegenscheidt, Duncan Reid, Nirit Rotem, Shamay Ng and Mark Tremblay. The article was compiled by the speakers from a verbatim transcript. The abstract can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/7dprmel

IFOMPT joins debate on spine manipulation

The International Federation of Orthopaedic and Manipulative Physical Therapists has argued against an article in the British Medical Journal suggesting that cervical spine manipulation for neck pain should be abandoned. IFOMPT, a recognised subgroup of WCPT, responded to Professor Dominic Wand of the School of Physiotherapy at the University of Notre Dame in Australia, who argued that the risks of cervical spine manipulation are not justified. IFOMPT said in the BMJ that it welcomed debate on the issue. However, it added: “Delivery of manipulation in a clinically reasoned and informed way will always be the safe way forward, rather than abandoning a single modality at a time where the evidence is still variable.”