A Little History on National Physical Therapy Month
Did you know National Physical Therapy Month used to be National Therapy Week? Back in the 90’s (now we’re feeling old) it was originally celebrated during a week in June and not October. But the APTA had an annual expo and conference that conflicted with this timeframe, so they moved it to October, and expanded it to an entire month –– woohoo!
National Physical Therapy Month Has a Theme!
Every year, a theme is selected and serves as the main focus of the celebration. So, who gets to choose the theme? You guessed it, the APTA decides the theme of National Physical Therapy Month each year. In the past, they have chosen to focus on topics like sports injury prevention, low back pain, obesity, balance and even correct posture.
This year, the APTA has selected their #ChoosePT campaign as the theme. This is a campaign they’ve put together to bring awareness to the growing opioid epidemic our country is facing. The goal of #ChoosePT is to increase public awareness about the role physical therapy can play in helping with pill-free pain management and injury recovery. You can also follow another popular hashtag for physical therapy on Twitter…#GetPT1st. The twitter account @GetPT1st leads that campaign
Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month
National Physical Therapy Month is a great time for physical therapists and clinics across the country to:
- Connect and engage with their communities
- Promote healthy and active lifestyles
- Educate others about the role that physical therapy plays in pain management and injury rehabilitation.
There is also a Global PT Day of Service on October 15th that you can participate in to help spread the word and make a difference.
Feel free to stop in, say hello, and meet one of our physical therapists.
Thanks for reading!
We’re Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month!