-By Esther Soladoye, ABH PRESS
Association of Physiotherapy Students University of Ibadan Chapter (APSUI) joined the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) to celebrate the World Physical Therapy Day. This year’s theme was tagged “Physical Therapy and Mental Health.”
World Physical Therapy Day which is celebrated on 8th September every year, and it is an opportunity for Physical Therapists all over the world to raise awareness about their role in keeping people well, mobile and independent. The day was established by WCPT in 1996, and marks the date on which WCPT was founded in 1951.
In the words of the WCPT President, Emma Stokes, he said: ‘We all know how important physical activity and exercise is for our physical health- our fitness, flexibility, balance and strength. But being physically active can also help manage and improve our mental health and wellbeing.’
APSUI celebrated the World Physical Therapy Day by taking an awareness walk to Bodija market and hosting a community outreach there. Some members of APSUI and a representative from Nigerian Red Cross Society, UCH detachment converged in front of Alexander Brown Hall in their beautiful outfits made specially for the day, from where they embarked on the awareness walk which was filled with music, dance therapy and laughter.
At Bodija market, the students were split into two groups. The first group educated the market people about ergonomics and the second group were hosted in the Bodija market Secretariat where random medical check-ups were conducted. The market people were generally advised on how to efficiently carry out their businesses and cope with mental stress that comes with it, relaxation therapy and how to minimize injuries in workplace.