World Physical Therapy Day 2017

World PT Day 2017 theme is "Physical activity for life".

Origin of the Day

The World Physical Therapy Day is celebrated on September 8 every year across the globe. On this special day physical therapists from different locations put effort to bring awareness about this particular profession. They organize various seminars and workshops to tell the society about the crucial contribution of physical therapy in making the people healthy, fit and independent. World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) has taken the initiative to support the participants by providing them free therapy tool kit material for the treatments. WCPT propounded this day in 1951 and since then it is getting popularity day by day. The various research reports from the member countries show that World Physical Therapy Day has created a very positive impact on the society and added beauty to the profession of physical therapy. Almost all the members of WCPT participate in the event. Although these members are free to select their ways of celebrating the special event. But to encourage the participating members WCPT provides supporting materials like pamphlets, brochures, ideas, advertisements etc.

How to Celebrate the Day

World Physical Therapy Day is celebrated everywhere in very innovative and creative manner. The professional from the domain come forward and arrange health awareness campaigns. They share their unique ways of treatments that they apply on their patients. Many open free health checkups, people visit to seek the maximum benefits. New comers are given encouragement by organizing various events where they are being felicitated for their work and contributions to the field. Many government and private agencies are also giving their hand holding in all the celebrations to make the event grand and successful. They promote it on the internet and get a lot of inquiries.


There are numerous activities organized on the special day of World Physical Therapy Day everywhere. Many hospitals and physical therapy centers come up with health checkup camps. Doctors and practitioners from the field participate in the event to help the patients. Government is also organizing big events where they call different delegates and give them certificates, accolade, prizes, memento etc. Many exercise classes and walkathon have also become part of the events. People get free fitness advice and consultations. Therapists also show their fitness and educate the society about the benefits of being fit and tell them different ways through which good fitness can be achieved.

Importance of the Day

World Physical Therapy Day has a very important place in promoting the domain to a larger platform. It offers all the professionals the opportunity to meet at one stage to share their ideas and methods with each other. By this they can come up with new ways of handling the diseases related to body and physical therapy can help in a more productive ways. It also creates a healthy environment in the society and people get aware of various tools and methods through which they can make them healthy. Hence the World Physical Therapy Day is playing a crucial role in strengthening the society.

World Physical Therapy Day Quotes

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."
- Steve Prefontaine

"For many people, managing pain involves using prescription medicine in combination with complementary techniques like physical therapy, acupuncture, yoga and massage. I appreciate this because I truly believe medical care should address the person as a whole - their mind, body, and spirit."
- Naomi Judd

"Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
- Muhammad Ali

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