How to Celebrate National Physical Therapy Month

October 10, 2019

As the temperatures drop and fall approaches, it’s tempting to be less physically active. That’s why October is the perfect time to set end-of-the-year goals and focus on healthy self-improvement. A good place to start is by celebrating National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM).

Physical therapy is not just for injury recovery, its benefits also include injury prevention and improved wellness. The treatment provided through physical therapy can help you manage stress, reduce pain and stiffness, improve mobility and more. When you are dealing with an injury, physical therapy can even make it possible to recover more quickly and completely.

The goal of NPTM is to raise awareness about the importance of physical therapy and encourage people to live healthier lives. Here are a few ways you can tune into your body throughout the month of October:

Try a new form of exercise

Find new ways to get out and get active during National Physical Therapy Month. Whether you’ve always wanted to give yoga a try, or you’re finally ready to sign up for that kickboxing class, this month may be the perfect time to push yourself just a little out of your comfort zone. Just remember to properly hydrate and stretch before and after each workout.

Practice improving your posture

Don’t wait to see a physical therapist until your back hurts or until you have a stiff neck. Practicing routine stretches and exercises at home can help you maintain or achieve proper posture. Simple exercises like forward folds and child’s pose can help you become more aware of your muscles, making it easier to correct your own posture.

Invest in resistance bands

Resistance bands are widely utilized in the world of physical therapy. They are easy to transport, effective, versatile and a great addition to any workout routine or rehabilitation program. Resistance bands usually come in multiple resistance levels, including light, medium or heavy. They are a great way to focus on building strength in your muscles safely and effectively.

Seek an expert’s opinion

Campbell Clinic offers physical therapy, hand therapy and sports medicine services at all our locations. Our therapists are highly-trained and possess exceptional skill in the evaluation and treatment of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal problems. A close working relationship with our physicians allows our therapists to provide the comprehensive care necessary to help patients reach their wellness goals. Read more about the physical therapy services Campbell Clinic provides and schedule your nex visit during National Physical Therapy Month.


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