Wild flowers are charming, beautiful, they grow in the unlikeliest of places- corners, ditches, cracks, verges of roads. Many times we tend to think of them as weeds but they are so disarmingly beautiful, many of them are also ancestors of the familiar garden flowers that we tend so enthusiastically. They add to the beauty of our flower bed.
When we grow a flower bed the aim is to have a colorful, exotic-looking, flower bed. And the wild flowers which grow add so much color and variety to it.
When I think of myself as a Physiotherapist, We are the wild flowers of our medical fraternity. The flower bed here is the Roses, Lilacs, Lily and other exotics who are the Surgeons, Physicians and Specialists. We as Physiotherapists have to fight for our space- read free practice rights, Direct access, medicare therapy cap etc. Fight for the nutrients in soil- read better pay structure. Fight for survival- read Independent Council and Associations. Fight other wild flowers- read chiropractitioner, accupressure, massauers, and now even yoga instructors.
However, at the end of the day, the unique insight and approach we bring to rehabilitation as physiotherapists is worth the struggle. We are not an invasive species (that out-compete other plants), but rather naturalized (introduced to an area, but now considered by the public as native).
No Rehabilitation is complete without physiotherapy- be it conditions of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and/or integumentary systems.
We are there to help the fraternity in achieving the goal of a healthy society.
Let us all strive to have a beautiful flower bed.