APTA Endorses Vinyl Gait Transfer Belt

ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 9, 2008 — The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has endorsed the Vinyl Gait Transfer Belt® developed by Peoria Production Shop in Peoria, Ill.

The vinyl gait transfer belt was produced as part of the company's strategy to help healthcare facilities control the spread of infectious diseases and to respond to customers' interest in changing over to wipeable belts.

"The vinyl gait belt provides an important function in helping to prevent the spread of infectious disease," explained APTA President R Scott Ward, PT, PhD. "The belt also addresses physical therapists' need for durability, stability, and patient comfort."

The company's belt is made of two-inch wide coated vinyl and features high quality nickel plated, rust-resistant hardware and rivets. Peoria Production Shop offers customized printing on individual belts with a company logo or other graphic on a minimum purchase quantity. For more information on the Vinyl Gait Transfer Belt®, please visit http://www.gaitbelt.com/index.php.

APTA endorsement applies solely to the Vinyl Gait Transfer Belt®. APTA does not endorse any protocols associated with this gait belt as responses to protocols can vary among patients/clients. This product should be used under the evaluation and direction of a physical therapist.

Peoria Production Shop is a not-for-profit organization that employs individuals with disabilities and encourages them to achieve financial and social independence. The company is Central Illinois' largest self-supporting employer of people with disabilities, relying on revenue generated through the sale of their products and services. For more information, please visit http://www.peoriapros.com/index.php.

Physical therapists are health care professionals who diagnose and manage individuals of all ages, from newborns to elders, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan of care using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Physical therapists also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

APTA (www.apta.org) is a national organization, representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students nationwide. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapist education, practice, and research. Consumers can visit www.findapt.us to find a physical therapist in their area, as well as www.moveforwardpt.com for physical therapy news and information.

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