We all want to be healthy. We all want functional movement. But accidents happen. Where can we go for healing? MCH’s physical therapy services are provided alongside the other medical services.
Just days ago, the female physical therapists of Memorial Christian Hospital welcomed me into their department. They graciously showed me a joyous, normal day in their lives. They started their morning with prayer for the patients that they would care for; and they told me that as they offer remedies for women and children, the Lord cares for them.
Arpona, the head female therapist explained her job, “When I come to work each morning, I feel like I’m coming home. I’m coming to my family. And as I’ve cared for my family through the years, I care for these women and children. They are dear to me; they know that they are safe here. Some patients come to us; but we must go to the bedside of others. Each day I interact with patients and their family members, with doctors and with care-givers. I teach family members how to care for the patient. Together we discuss treatments and goals. Together we work toward a cure. And when I say “cure” I mean more than just physical; I want emotional healing too.”
These therapists work with people of all ages - from newborn to very old - any who have medical problems that limit their abilities. The MCH therapists’ responsibilities are wide-ranging, because their patients come to our hospital with many different types of needs. For cardiac patients, they offer specific exercises that increase endurance and independence. For wound patients, they give manual therapy or specific exercises. For pain management, they massage or use acupuncture. For burn patients, they promote tissue healing through hot-baths, dressings, and exercise. Amputees learn exercises and return for check-ups; they develop confidence and learn to function well. Parents of youngsters with developmental delays or cerebral palsy learn exercises to do at home. For those in rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery, the physical therapists teach activities for restoring or maintaining muscle strength. Many women also receive help and total healing, post-partum.
As Arpona says, “Together we provide help and rehabilitation for the injured; and we give understanding and hope for their families.”