Healing hands help patients lead active life

2021-01-26 12:05:46

Guo Jingwei instructs a patient to do exercises as a part pf physical thrapy, Jan 14, 2020. [Photo by Li Hongrui/chinadaily.com.cn] "Rehabilitation can be needed at some point in anyone's lives after injury or surgery. Those infected by COVID-19 also need such medical treatment," Guo Jingwei, chief physical therapist of the Rehabilitation Medicine Department of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing, told China Daily Website on Jan 14. At 8:00 am, Guo walks in the outpatient department, a large gym-like hall at the hospital, gently greeting a senior citizen lying on a bed. After thoroughly checking with the patient about her situation, the therapist starts guiding the woman to do some exercises. This is Guo's daily routine in the past two decades since he graduated from the Shanghai Sports University in 1996. "Even now, many doctors and nurses misinterpret the rehabilitation treatment," said Guo, "considering it as, say, massage, acupuncture or physical treatment." "In fact, rehabilitation is a larger field. It focuses on optimizing people's functioning and reducing disabilities through designed interventions. We aim to give patients a comparatively normal life, a life that they can enjoy the basic pleasures as a human. "