National Physical Therapy Month

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National Physical Therapy Month


The month of October is National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM). This is a great time to honor our hardworking and dedicated physical therapists and their teams for all the hard work they put in for all of their patients. With fall approaching very quickly our days are getting shorter and our evenings are getting longer. It is very tempting for many of us to fall off our regular routine and skip the daily workout. October is the perfect month to bring awareness to live a healthy lifestyle. With NPTM we want to bring awareness that physical therapy is not just for injury recovery but also benefits injury and illness prevention. Here are Bryant Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy we are passionate to assist all those seeking to live a healthy lifestyle and promote self-care. To start a program to be a better version of yourself call and make an appointment today! Located in Atwater and Merced, CA. 


History of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy has recently been a growing field to assist in many health benefits but it is important to understand that our treatments have been around for thousands of years. 

  • 460 B.C- Hippocrates introduced the idea of manual manipulation for pain relief.
  • 1887- Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare officially registered physical therapists.
  • 1921- Mary MacMillan, the first physical therapy aide, established the American Women’s Physical Therapeutic Association, which would later become today’s American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
  • The 1970s- After orthopedic manipulative therapy gained recognition, more and more highly specialized fields appeared, including cardiopulmonary physical therapy, skin therapy, and sports therapy.
  • 1981- Physical therapy was first observed for a week in June of 1981
  • 1992- a week became a month. 


Use #PhysicalTherapyMonth or #ChoosePT to spread the word on social media. The more we can raise awareness about the lasting benefits physical therapy offers, perhaps the more patients will turn to that rather than opioids. Here are some ways you can get started.

  1. Social media, of course! If you feel inspired by someone you know who has gone through physical therapy and it has improved their life, write about it or post a picture with the hashtags above.
  2. Talk about data and statistics. With the opioid epidemic in America and around the world, it’s a great time to speak about ways to treat pain without drugs and use facts to show just how well it works.
  3. Participate in Physical Therapy Day of Service. Find out what your community is doing to celebrate this month, and volunteer to be a part of it.


How to observe NPTM

  1. Try out a new physical activity
  2. Participate in the community
  3. I appreciate your PT!

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Why is NPTM Important?

  1. Practice Self-awareness
  2. Help understand the impact physical therapy has on health care.
  3. Reminds patients to focus on self-care

Physical therapy provides a wonderful non-invasive alternative for pain management. Working with a physical therapist can help you and your loved one recover from injuries, enjoy relief from chronic pain and maintain independence with improved gait and balance. Your physical therapist is a healthcare professional that helps people move better and feel better. He or she helps to promote healthy lifestyles, and the profession should be celebrated. Be sure to visit your local PT during October to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month! Remember we will have our Free Service Day this October 19th in our Merced clinic from 10 a.m-12 p.m. 


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Created by: Margarita Perez, Director of Public Health Program Developer

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