National Physical Therapy Month (October) is a great time be reminded of the benefits of physical therapy and to celebrate physical therapists, PT assistants, PT students, and everyone else that is involved in the profession of physical therapy.

It’s also a great time to learn about the history of PT, which goes all the way back to 460 BC when Hippocrates introduced the idea of manual manipulation for pain relief. In 1887, physical therapy was officially recognized by Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare. In 1921, Mary MacMillan established the American Women’s Physical Therapeutic Association, which later became today’s American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In the 1970’s, specialized fields of therapies gained emerged such as Sports Therapy. In 1981, National Physical Therapy Week was established, and 11 years later it became National Physical Therapy Month.

Enjoy being active this October and celebrate by taking extra time to stretch and use proper form to avoid injuries.