By Interactive Metronome, Bricole Reincke - October 6, 2014
National Physical Therapy Month
Wow! Already a year has gone by and we are back around to Physical Therapy Month. It is time to recognize and thank the thousands of therapists who must act as a healthcare provider, trainer and motivator…constantly battling to keep clients safe from injury and themselves. Anyone who has suffered a serious injury or illness understands the importance of physical therapy. But it isn’t all injuries, doom and gloom. In fact, one of the main goals of therapists is injury prevention, not simply rehab. That is because physical therapy is also great at restoring mobility, flexibility, balance and coordination.
Whether the aim is simply to regain flexibility, alleviate discomfort or to relearn major motor functions, a qualified therapist is required to develop a plan and keep patients safe through this sometimes painful process. Patients who attempt to treat these conditions without professional help often injure themselves more severely, or have difficulty staying motivated through such taxing workout schedules. Additionally, therapists must take on the physical and emotional burdens of patients who often blame the therapists for the pain and frustration associated with recovery.
However, it is this dedication to helping others that drives physical therapists, and all therapists, to develop and fine tune training plans that can literally change lives. Even severe trauma such as ACL tears and spinal injuries can be treated successfully within weeks or months; these conditions may have crippled individuals a mere decade ago. PT has also proven effective in the treatment of cardiopulmonary conditions, crippling diseases (Arthritis, Cerebral palsy, Multiple sclerosis, etc.) and neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and ALS). Therapists are not only extending the lives of their patients, but they are helping them live more enjoyable lives as well. That is something we can all get behind! In the end, isn’t a happy and healthy life what we all want anyway?
We at Interactive Metronome (IM) work closely with a variety of therapists throughout the year, but we want to take a moment to say thank you to our Physical Therapy Providers. IM is proud to work with so many professionals who are dedicated to helping patients regain their quality of life. Thank you for all of your hard work, and we want to help you help more clients in the future. Let’s change some lives!