It’s October, and that means it’s time to paaartay—not just in preparation for November’s shindig down in New Orleans, but all month long in celebration of all our fabulous physical therapists and PT assistants. In addition to dancing, cheering, stringing up banners, and everything else party-related, it’s our opportunity to reach out to the community and educate them on the value of physical therapy. (Want some tips? Check out our webinar on Marketing the PT Profession.)

The APTA wants to help you reach out, too. They’ve got the NPTM logo and graphics you can place on your website, social pages, or blog. Additionally, in honor of National Physical Therapy Month, the APTA and MoveForwardPT.com have teamed up to rank the Top 10 Fittest Baby Boomer Cities in America, which wraps up their Fit After 50 campaign. Click here to learn more about the history of National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM), and watch the video below from the APTA president to learn more about the importance of NPTM and how to support the cause:

How is your clinic celebrating NPTM? Are you doing anything in particular to raise awareness and educate online or within your community? Share in the comments below.

Know someone interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy? Check out the video below, which shows the many ways PTs and PTAs help their patients restore and improve motion and function, thus positively impacting their quality of life.

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