Georgia PTs Host Capitol Fitness Clinic

ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 17, 2008 — Physical therapists from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) promoted the benefits of physical activity and the physical therapist's role in fitness and injury prevention at their Monday, March 17, Capitol Fitness Clinic in the state capitol rotunda. PTAG members provided assessments on blood pressure, balance, posture, and strength, as well as posture during their golf swing.

"The Georgia Capitol Fitness Clinic offered an excellent opportunity for area residents to get advice from licensed physical therapists on maintaining healthy lifestyles and avoiding injury," said PTAG President Anne Thompson, PT, EdD. "Participants enthusiastically attended the event to have their balance and posture checked for healthier living - and a safer, more effective golf swing."

Particularly popular at the state advocacy event was the golf-swing analysis, in which state officials and staff showed off their swing while physical therapists provided advice on balance, flexibility and posture to avoid injury. PTs were also on hand to take blood pressure and test participants' overall balance, posture, and strength. Fitness clinics allow chapters to raise public awareness of the benefits of physical therapy and the importance of physical therapy initiatives at the state level.

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.

The Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) is a component of the American Physical Therapy Association (www.apta.org), 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 access "Find a PT" to find a physical therapist in their area, as well as physical therapy news and information at www.apta.org/consumer.

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