Physiotherapists To Play Crucial Role In Reversing ‘Epidemic’ of Inactivity
The Commission on Physical Activity, which is an all-party group, has come up with some alarming statistics regarding the lack of physical activity concerning the UK population. Saying that British people have “stopped moving” and that the problem had reached “epidemic” proportions, the commission did offer possible solutions to the problem.
Each year in the UK around 37,000 premature deaths are mainly caused by too little physical activity. Just in England the annual cost of this health issue, to the British economy, is estimated to be £20 billion. It is also on course to get worse, with inactivity levels expected to rise by some 15% by the year 2030.
Though labelled a “toxic tide” by the commission, it does offer some optimism – if there is a change in our attitude towards physical activity. The commission wants to see society strive to get people into the habit of being more physically active. This will involve the combined efforts of health professionals, town planners, parents and grandparents, together with a willingness of children to get more exercise.
A national action plan was recommended in the commission’s report. This, the commission suggested, should be a cross-sector plan that is reviewed annually. It also added that there should be collaboration regarding funding and commissioning.
Key areas where physical activity can take place should be a consideration of town planners, while schools and workplaces should be environments suitable for regular physical activity. Additionally, health professionals will be important in getting the message across to the appropriate audience.
Chief executive Karen Middleton stated that CSP members are seen as role models. Consequently, they are in the perfect position to be able to use their respected and influential positions to advise people to lead more healthy lifestyles.
Ms Middleton underlined the fact that every physiotherapist’s meeting with patients and loved ones is an “opportunity” to get the message across. She also added that the public will accept that physiotherapists are a natural choice to be at the forefront of this campaign.
Serving the Coventry, Warwickshire and West Midlands areas for many years, Central Chiropractic Clinic completely support the commission’s recommendations. We offer professional pain relief, effective treatment and help in the management of injuries and conditions. All our physiotherapists and chiropractors are experienced, fully qualified and registered, while patients are treated and assessed in our state of the art clinic. Please call us today on 02476 222 002, or browse our website to request a call back in order to find out more about what we can do for you.