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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: September 25, 2015 11:14 AM
From: Senator Christine M. Tartaglione
To: All Senate members
Subject: National Physical Therapy Month
In the near future, I intend to introduce a resolution recognizing the month of October as National Physical Therapy Month in Pennsylvania.

Physical therapists have an established history of helping individuals improve their quality of life. Techniques used by these medical health professionals can help reduce pain and discomfort in an effort to improve range of motion, often without surgery or drugs. In addition to relieving present ailments, such as arthritis, repetitive stress injuries, posture problems, sports injuries, or back and neck pain, physical therapists can prevent bodily injuries by providing individuals with customized exercise plans. Their training, skill and specialized knowledge extend to every level of the physical condition, making them an invaluable tool to the public’s health and wellness.

National Physical Therapy Month dates back to 1981, when it was merely observed as a week-long event. The length of the observance for the field of physical therapy increased to an entire month by 1992, which may be attributable to the expansive applications of this field in our daily lives. Today, this month-long designation continues to serve as an opportunity for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants to educate their communities about their profession and its uses.

The theme of this year's celebration is #AgeWell to focus on healthy aging. The American Physical Therapy Association's goal is to inform consumers that they can receive an evaluation directly from a PT without the referral from a Physician and the many ways they can improve their lives. In addition they are promoting October 16 as the Global PT Day of Service to engage and support the communities in which they serve.

Please join me in celebrating this occupation and its dedicated employees by recognizing the month of October 2015 as National Physical Therapy Month.

Introduced as SR230