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October is National Physical Therapy Month

Let the world know that physical therapy matters!

October is National Physical Therapy MonthNational Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) is hosted by APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) each October to recognize how Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants transform lives.

This October, the APTA’s “Move Forward” campaign is focusing on healthy aging. Specifically, the APTA has published Physical Therapy Tips to Help People Age Well to demonstrate the many ways that PTs and PTS can help individuals overcome pain, gain and maintain movement, and preserve their independence:

  1. You don’t have to live with chronic pain. Physical therapy with exercise, mobility and pain management techniques can ease pain both while moving and at rest, improving quality of life.
  1. You can get stronger as you age. Research shows that improvement in strength and physical function are possible after the age of 60. A physical therapist can combine an exercise program and progressive resistance straining to help you improve strength.
  1. You may not need surgery or drugs for low back pain. Scientific evidence reveals that physical therapy can be more effective and less risky than prescription medication use or surgery.
  1. You can use exercise as a “wonder drug”! Exercise can help lower the risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, memory problems and can help you prevent falls. A physical therapist can develop an appropriate exercise program, tailored to fit your specific needs.

In addition to their tips on aging well, the APTA published Healthy Tips for Each Decade in celebration of National Physical Therapy Month:

20’s:

  • Be active at least 30 minutes per day.

30’s

  • Eat well and get an adequate amount of sleep.
  • Begin saving for retirement.
  • Test your physical limits (participate in group bike rides, running races, obstacle courses, etc.)

40’s

  • Stand up at least once per hour.
  • Diversify your exercise routine – rotate aerobic exercise activities, strength training and flexibility.
  • If you have aches and pains, seek the help of a physical therapist before succumbing to long-term pain medication use or surgery.

50’s

  • Take calcium and vitamin D.
  • Perform weight-bearing activities or resistance exercise for 30-60 minutes at least 3 times per week.
  • Be active every day.
  • Get a second opinion for health issues.

60’s and beyond

  • Seek a physical therapist for a balance assessment and balance/flexibility program.
  • Preserve mental health with physical activity.
  • Maintain intensity in muscle strength (seek the help of a PT if needed).
  • Strive for 60 minutes of physical activity per day.
  • Be social! Take walks, play games and enjoy other activities with friends.

To learn more about National Physical Therapy Month and the APTA’s initiatives, click here.


The Latest Physical Therapy Tools: Angry Birds Game and Chocolate!

Latest Health News Updates

Top Updates:

#1New Physical Therapy Tools: Smart Tablet and Angry Birds to Help Kids with Rehabilitation

A smart tablet and the Angry Birds game serve as the latest physical therapy tools to help kids with disabilities. Children use the program to help with repetitive rehabilitation sessions. Watch the video here.

#2Should You Give Your Patients Chocolate Before Therapy?

Results of a new study reveal that the one of the best physical therapy tools just might be chocolate! PAD (peripheral artery disease) patients who ate dark chocolate were able to walk for an average of 17 seconds longer and almost 12 meters (39 feet) farther than they did before eating the dark chocolate. Based on these findings, senior study author Dr. Francesco Violi, also of the Sapienza University of Rome, says “polyphenol-rich nutrients could represent a new therapeutic strategy to counteract cardiovascular complications.” Should you give your patients chocolate?

#3How 29 Minutes of Massage Therapy Changed a Life

On January 5, 2012, a mother and five of her children were in their minivan stopped about 10 cars away from a red light. She was one and a half car lengths away from the car in front of her. Her two-year-old had just woken up and they all had turned around to give the child attention, when they were hit from behind and then shoved forward to hit the car in front of them. The driver was texting while driving and the approximate speed was 55 miles per hour on impact… Read the rest of the story and discover how 29 minutes of a massage therapy protocol helped this woman after her terrible accident.

#4Aquatic Therapy Pools Closing Down In Spite of Benefits to Patients

Though the benefits of aquatic therapy are well established, it’s becoming less available to patients in Central New York. These specially equipped, heated pools have been gradually closing down for the past several years. But why?

More News:

Protecting Athletes From Concussion an ‘Ethical Obligation’

Doctors have an “ethical obligation” to educate and protect athletes from sports concussion, says a new position paper from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The position paper calls on doctors to make protecting the future mental and physical health of young athletes a top priority. How does this affect therapists and other health care providers?

You’ll Never Guess Which State Just Became a Haven for Painkiller Abusers

This is the only state that doesn’t have a prescription drug registry, and according to many, it has become a hotspot for doctor shopping—getting prescriptions from multiple physicians—and prescription drug abuse.

Get a Grip! New Wrist-Mounted Device Augments the Human Hand with Two Robotic Fingers

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand – or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have created a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. The device is quite amazing! It works with biomechanical synergy, which “teaches” the robot to assume a certain posture that the human expect the robot to take.

Walking Keeps OA Limitations Away, But How Many Steps Per Day Are Needed?

Walking a certain number of steps each day might protect adults at risk of knee osteoarthritis from developing mobility issues, such as difficulty getting up from a chair and climbing stairs, according to a new study. But how many steps per day are needed to prevent mobility issues? Is it 10,000 steps, 6,000 steps or 3,000 steps?

OT Researcher Designs Program to Help Keep Seniors in their Homes

Chiung-ju Liu, OTR, PhD, an assistant professor of occupational therapy in the IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, designed a 10-week “3-Step Workout for Life” exercise program to help older patients regain muscle strength and maintain independence.

Drug-Resistant Superbug Increasing in Southeast U.S. Hospitals

Community hospitals in the southeastern United States have seen a fivefold increase in the number of cases of a dangerous drug-resistant superbug during the past five years, according to a new study.

Best Beverages for Kids to Drink in Hot Weather

The best way to prevent dehydration is to make sure kids get plenty of fluids when they’re physically active, especially in the hot weather. Many parents stock up on sports drinks as they promise the “ultimate hydration.” But, the average child does not need the nearly eight teaspoons of sugar that each 20-ounce bottle contains. So, what should kids be drinking while playing in the heat?

Give Us Your Input!

What do you think about the latest health news? Are there any recent discoveries that surprise you? Pique your interest? Are a cause for concern? Share your comments below.