Last month we talked about pain awareness and the different ways to find relief. This National Physical Therapy month and ACG Medical Supply has joined in the campaign. Physical therapy is a great way to help your speed up the recovery process and ensure that your body heals properly. It can be a natural, opioid free pain reliever as well.
Physical therapy can take many forms including: operative care, cardiovascular, neurologic rehabilitation, or pulmonary rehab. The abundance of physical therapists select one area to specialize in. Most common forms include massage, heat treatment, and exercise. You can do physical therapy at a rehabilitation center or at home.
While researching the benefits of physical therapy, I found these little known facts over at Classic Rehabilitation, Inc.
- Physical therapy as a profession originated during World War I. Many people do not realize this, but physical therapy was actually created to treat American soldiers who were injured in war.
- Physical therapists were originally known as “reconstruction aides”. When physical therapy as a profession first came about during World War I, those working in the field did so under a different title than they have today.
- Physical therapists can work in many different settings. One of the benefits of working as a physical therapist is that you can choose to work in a variety of settings, such as outpatient clinics, private clinics, hospitals, schools, and the emergency room.
- There are many different types of therapy that a physical therapist can do. Physical therapy is a very broad field and includes a wide range of therapies, such as orthopedic, postoperative care, cardiovascular, neurologic rehabilitation, and pulmonary rehab.
- Physical therapists can treat vertigo. Many people suffer from positional vertigo, which can wreak havoc on overall quality of life. Because this ailment is a dysfunction of the vestibular system in the inner ear, it can actually be successfully treated in as little as one setting with a physical therapist.
- The field of physical therapy was a female dominant profession initially. Unlike many other professions, the majority of physical therapists were women in the beginning. In fact, the first president of the American Women’s Physical Therapy Association was Mary McMillan.
- The demand for physical therapy increased in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Schools actually had trouble graduating physical therapists fast enough during this time period, which is when the physical therapy assistant position was created.
- Initially, you only needed a bachelor’s degree to work as a physical therapist. In the 1990s this changed, requiring anyone interested in working as a physical therapist to enroll in a Master of Science program. In the 21st century, the profession once again advanced and is now at a doctoral level.
ACG Medical Supply has joined in the observance of Nation Physical Therapy Month. For the month of October, we are giving all physical therapists 10% off their purchases. We are also having a sale on a few items that can help with physical therapy. All of our Theraputty products and Can-Do Exercise therapy balls will by 10%off for everyone else as well.
The Can-Do exercise balls can be heated in the microwave or stored in the freezer as a form of heat or cold therapy. The Theraputty can be used in several different forms, especially in conjunction wit several forms of hand therapy.
For more information on physical therapy, you can visit the American Physical Therapy Association or at Move Forward PT . You can join in the campaign for National Physical Therapy month by using the hashtag #ChoosePT.