Monday, 8 September 2014

World Physical Therapy Day

Why World Physical Therapy Day matters

In 1996, WCPT designated 8th September as World Physical Therapy Day. This is the date WCPT was founded in 1951.

The day marks the unity and solidarity of the global physical therapy community. It is an opportunity to recognise the work that physical therapists do for their patients and community. Using World Physical Therapy Day as a focus, WCPT aims to support member organisations in their efforts to promote the profession and advance their expertise.

Reports from around the world indicate that World Physical Therapy Day activities have a positive impact on the profession’s profile and standing with both the public and policy makers.

Many WCPT member organisations already have their own national physical therapy days, weeks and months. However, organisations that have no designated day of their own often choose 8th September.

It is up to individual physical therapists and WCPT member organisations to decide what activities and materials they wish to develop.  That way, they can reflect key national priorities and messages. But each year WCPT provides ideas, publicity and support materials.


  1. I never knew this holiday existed! My sister lost an arm in an accident. She recovered really quickly and she is a real inspiration to us! I will have to tell her about this because she is still in contact with her therapist.

  2. I have always wanted to be a physical therapist. I actually volunteer every week at a physical therapist office and help elderly people with MS stretch out their muscles. It is such an awesome experience and I can't wait to become a physical therapist.