The Malta Association of Physiotherapists (MAP) together with its network of early career professionals and students, MAP Future celebrated World Physiotherapy Day, last Saturday the 8th of September at Valletta’s New Parliament Square.
This year’s theme wasPhysiotherapy and Mental Health and planned activities for this event focused on the benefits of exercise on mental wellbeing.‘Get active and stay active’ and ‘#workitout’were the slogans being promoted for World Physiotherapy Day 2018.
The MAP organised a morning of activities to promote the benefits of a healthier and more active lifestyle.On the day, members of the general public were encouraged to join in. The event started off with some fun physical exercises followed up by a relaxing yoga and an intense fitness class in plyometricsand stretching. The day ended with dancing, martial arts, handball and rugby session in the middle of the square. As part of the event, Physiotherapists were also available to answer any questions related to physical activity, exercise and mental wellbeing.
MAP President, Ms Victoria Massalha joined in promoting the message from the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT)that remaining physically active can also help manage and improve your mental health and wellbeing.
The President of the Republic Her Excellency Marie-Louise ColeiroPrecavisited the event andencouraged physiotherapists and physiotherapy students alike to continue to actively promote the importance of physical activity in the context of mental health.
This year’s eventwas held in collaboration withthe Office of the Commissioner for Mental Health,the Malta Health Students Association and ‘Sport Malta’.
The Malta Association of Physiotherapists is the sole voluntary organisation representing the physiotherapy profession in Malta and is a member of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy.
For more information on World Physiotherapy day visit www.wcpt.org/wptday or the Malta Association of Physiotherapists’ Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/physiomalta.