It's that time of year again; time to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM). The month of October is annually honored and used as an opportunity to reach out to the general public and educate them about the unique benefits of treatment by physical therapists.
From learning how to be fit after the age of 50 to providing resources to become fit, NPTM is an annual commemoration which allows us to recognize the positive impact that physical therapists and their assistants have on our lives.
Not only do these individuals restore our mobility, they improve our daily lives as functioning adults. Without their care and commitment, we would not have the ability and tools to aid us through recovery from physically impairing surgeries, accidents and the natural aging process.
As we celebrate and raise awareness of physical therapists' important role, the entire month of October is designated to focus on a theme selected by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). This year the APTA is highlighting the top ten fittest baby boomer cities. During this time of year, physical therapists are also encouraged to promote healthy lifestyles and activities throughout their communities in an effort to bring attention to the value of physical therapy. Various local clinics may even host special events to get the community excited about health and fitness.
Contemporary Forums strongly believes in the advantages of physical therapy and its providers, especially in the case of infants. Evidence continues to show that the cascade of ongoing stimuli and therapy in the NICU dramatically affects the neuromotor and neurosensory development of sick or premature newborns. The science behind developmental care has increasingly improved as we introduce the advantages of physical therapy to children starting from an early age. The multidisciplinary faculty from the fields of medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, and speech pathology help us translate research in these fields into practical and advanced strategies for supporting infant developmental needs.
As we celebrate Physical Therapy month, we invite you to join us this year at the 29th annual "Neonatal Development & Behavioral Care" (formerly "Developmental Interventions in Neonatal Care") conference held in New Orleans from November 6 – 9, 2013. We'll be exploring and discussing cutting edge approaches for how to make an impact in the lives of infants and their families via various therapies and treatments as well as offer Physical Therapy CE credit.
Until then, Contemporary Forums would like thank all Physical Therapists. We appreciate all you do to improve the health and mobility of others.