ECHN Celebrates October as Physical Therapy Month

Sep 29, 2011 - 

MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT – National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) is a celebration held every October by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to raise awareness of and recognize the important roles that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants play in helping people maintain, improve, and restore the mobility necessary to stay fit, active, independent while enjoying the things they like to do as they age.

In recognition of the importance and value of physical therapy in improving people’s lives, Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) is joining in the national observance of October as National Physical Therapy Month. This year's celebration is focused on sports injury prevention across the lifespan. Whether someone is playing Little League or in the Masters, participating in sports helps promote physically active lifestyles. Yet, despite the documented health benefits of physical activity (weight management, cardiovascular endurance, improved muscular function, increased self-esteem, etc.), the potential for sports-related injuries exists.

No matter the area of physical therapist practice, whether it's geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, women's health, or another specialty, the role of the physical therapist is to improve and restore motion to people's lives. Physical therapists:

• Significantly improve mobility to perform daily activities;
• Provide an alternative to painful and expensive surgery, in many cases; and
• Manage or eliminate pain without medication and its side effects, in many cases.

For more information on how to regain or improve your movement through physical therapy or to make an appointment, please contact any one of the locations listed below. Please note that ECHN’s physical therapy services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, CIGNA, Blue Cross, ConnectiCare, Aetna, and other carriers.

Rehabilitation Services:

Manchester Memorial Hospital

Rockville General Hospital

The Rehab Center at Court House Plus

CorpCare Occupational Health Center

Glastonbury Wellness Center

Rehabilitation Services at Evergreen Walk

Woodlake at Tolland Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

Rehabilitation Services at the Ellington Y

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a national professional organization representing more than 72,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education. For more information on the APTA, please visit


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