Physical Therapists Provide Tips for Staying Healthy While on the Job

APTA Helps Workers "Move Forward" in Workplace Wellness.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, September 7, 2010 — On the heels of Labor Day, a holiday dedicated to the achievements of American workers, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) kicked off its September "Workplace Wellness" initiative. Throughout the month of September, APTA's "Move Forward" campaign will focus on the prevention and treatment of workplace injuries.

The initiative will use social media to help the desk-bound combat a sedentary workday by providing exercises that can be done while sitting at your desk or in your office space. We will also provide tips to the travel-weary on how correct body mechanics can promote safe and healthy travel. A YouTube video series will be released throughout the month, and educational resources will be provided through APTA's consumer Web site, Twitter page, and Facebook fan page. The launch video features exercises that can be done at a desk.

Workers have the opportunity to participate by "re-tweeting" tips and videos on Twitter or "liking" posts on Facebook. Participants can enter to win Thera-Bands, resistance bands endorsed by APTA that are widely used for rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, as well as for strengthening and general conditioning. A physical therapist demonstrates proper use of Thera-Bands in this video.

"According to the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 4.6 million workers were injured on the job in 2008," said Emilio J. Rouco, director of public relations for APTA. "A physical therapist not only plays a vital role in helping individuals recover from these injuries, but also equips consumers with tips on how to prevent them."

A physical therapist can help individuals restore mobility, reduce pain, decrease risk factors, and prevent injury. A physical therapist can also develop a fitness and wellness-oriented program tailored to an individual's specific needs, thereby helping them to move forward.

To access APTA's "Workplace Wellness" initiative as part of its Move Forward campaign: 

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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 74,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com.

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