World PT Day is September 8

World PT Day is almost here, which means it’s time for all of you to celebrate your profession, while educating consumers on why they should #GetPT. This year’s theme is “Fit to take part.” To get flyers, pamphlets, and more information related to World PT Day, visit the World Confederation for Physical Therapy’s website here. How are you planning to celebrate?

Researchers find potential for “in body” muscle regeneration

A study conducted at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine has found a way to use the body’s stem cells to aid in muscle regeneration. At present, researchers have confirmed that this new treatment is effective on mice, but they are conducting more tests to determine whether the regenerated muscle maintains its functionality. Read more about this groundbreaking study here.

Special physical therapy program developed for Parkinson’s patients

People suffering from Parkinson’s disease are seeing big results thanks to a rehabilitation program called LSVT Big. According to physical therapist Dale Reckless, this program gets a person’s movement “back to normal” by retraining the brain through the performance of “big, bold exercises.” To learn more about the LSVT Big program and how it helps Parkinson’s patients, go here.


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