By Interactive Metronome - October 16, 2013
National Physical Therapy Month
October is National Physical Therapy Month, a time to appreciate all of the therapists who have devoted their lives to helping those with severe injuries and neuromuscular disorders. Therapists must act as a healthcare provider, trainer and motivator in an effort to keep patients on course and safe, either from themselves or a degenerative condition. In addition to restoring mobility, flexibility, balance and coordination, physical therapy (PT) significantly improves overall health and fitness; in fact, one of the main goals of therapists is injury prevention, not simply rehabing current injuries.
Anyone who has suffered a serious injury or illness understands the importance of physical therapy. Whether the aim is simply to regain flexibility, alleviate pain or to relearn major motor functions, a qualified therapist is required to develop a plan and keep patients safe through this painful process. Patients who attempt to treat these conditions without professional help often injure themselves more severely, or lack the dilligence and dedication required to overcome debilitating, life threatening physical conditions. Providing a high level of care to so many clients can be physically, mentally and emotionally taxing, as therapists must lift and move patients who often blame the therapists for the pain and frustration associated with recovery.
Advances in medical technology have opened up new avenues for physical therapist to work with patients who were previously considered incurable. Even severe trauma such as ACL tears and spinal injuries can be treated successfully within weeks; 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 a fuller, more enjoyable life.
Although October is PT Month, we at Interactive Metronome (IM) work closely with therapists throughout the year. IM is proud to work with so many professionals who are dedicated to helping patients regain their quality of life. Our innovative technology helps therapists focus their efforts, and allows them to work with clients’ underlying cognitive deficits. By focusing on repetition and millisecond timing, IM can greatly increase the mental processing speed and improve the functional brain network. As processing speed increases, so does balance and coordination. Within just a few sessions, many patients report that they experience more fluid movement, have regained higher level executive functioning and are more motivated to continue PT. IM can increase results while decreasing frustration, making it the perfect addition to a therapist’s toolkit.
We would like to thank you guys for all of your hard work.