Mangaluru: The Department of Physiotherapy, Father Muller Medical College organized a two-day Hands-On workshop on ‘Therapeutic Taping’ in the Muller Mini Hall (Father Muller Convention Centre) on 10th and 11th June from 9 am to 5 pm. The resource person for this workshop was Dr Syed Rais Rizvi, Director at the Institute of manual therapy and taping, Dharwad, Karnataka. 70 Undergraduate and Postgraduate student delegates enrolled in this workshop from various physiotherapy colleges in Mangalore.
Therapeutic taping is a tool utilised by rehabilitation specialists in all programs (paediatric, geriatric, orthopaedic, neurological, oncology and others) and levels of care (acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, home care and Day Rehab) in pain management, soft tissue injury, tissues and joints misalignments, oedema.
Taping is commonly used as an adjunct or temporary technique. Athletes often make use of taping as a protective mechanism in the presence of an existing injury. Some of the goals of taping are to restrict the movement of injured joints, soft tissue compression to reduce swelling, support anatomical structures, and protection from re-injury. Taping is used as one of the means of rehabilitation or prophylaxis in instances where support and stability are needed, as a first-aid tool, for the prevention of injury and protection of an injured anatomical structure while healing is taking place.
The inaugural programme began with a welcome by Prof. Cherishma D’Sliva, Course coordinator for Physiotherapy, who also briefed on the bio sketch of the chief guest.
Dr Syed Rais Rizvi who has been a regular resource person to Father Muller was elated with the huge number of delegates for the workshop. The impetus to enhance skills and learning is always the beauty of the Father Muller Institutions management. More rewarding is the fact that the faculty encourage skill enhancement activities for their students and thus many of the workshops he had earlier conducted here, have seen the physiotherapist practising taping around the globe.
Rev. Fr. Richard Aloysius Coelho, Director, FMCI in his presidential address was amazed at the achievements and certification from various universities around the globe that the chief guest has gained. This should be your zeal to learn from the best and excel even higher he acclaimed to the students. Sports medicine has been gaining prominence and the role of the physiotherapist is seen as crucial for players. Social media addictions have led to decreased physical activities leading to muscle, bone and ligament problems in many. The core essence of any human is to keep themselves physically, mentally and spiritually fit. He narrated his own experience with kinesiology, where he was treated for a badminton-related knee injury 6 months ago. Kinesiology helped by strengthening the ligaments and muscles around the knee, facilitating better mobility. He urged the students to learn and in turn benefit society with such non-invasive therapy.
Rev. Fr Ajith Menezes, Administrator, FMMC; Dr Antony Sylvan D’souza, Dean, FMMC Members of the management committee and faculty of the physiotherapy department adorned the inaugural. The inaugural was compeered by Reshell Fernandes and Jaya P, Organising Secretary delivered the vote of thanks.