The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) hosts National Physical Therapy Month annually in October in order to recognize how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants transform society by restoring and improving motion in people’s lives. This year, the APTA is campaigning using the #AgeWell hashtag on social media, as well as using media outreach and online advertising to spread the word.
To go with the theme of healthy aging, the right type and amount of physical activity can help combat and even reverse many age-related health problems. Proper exercise, mobility, and pain management techniques have been proven to ease pain and improve quality of life. Physical therapists and physical therapists assistants are movement experts and believe surgery and prescription medications are only needed after all physical therapy options have been exhausted.
Contrary to popular belief, you have the ability to get stronger as you age. Research has shown that improvements in strength and physical function are possible well into your 60’s and 70’s with the right exercise program. Proper exercise and nutrition can lower your risk of diabetes, help you avoid falls, and promote positive brain, heart, and bone health. A physical therapist can help recommend the proper exercise program if you are an older person with a desire to stay feeling young.
Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are evidence-based health care professionals who improve mobility and relieve pain without the need for surgery or prescription drugs. Along with physical care, a physical therapist and his or her assistants provide mental and emotional comfort for their patients. A physical therapist will work collaboratively with their patients to ensure their individual goals for recovery are reached, and will always provide a personalized exercise or mobility program.
National Physical Therapy Month is a great opportunity for the public to be educated about how physical therapists and physical therapists assistants help people everyday in pain management.