10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Physical Therapy

PT 1918 PhotoOctober is National Physical Therapy Month! To celebrate we thought we’d provide some interesting facts on the history, practice, and impact of physical therapy. Keep up with the latest news and trends on our blog at www.releasept.com, and follow us on social media.
1.) Many of today’s physical therapy techniques are actually almost 2500 years ago. Hippocrates and later Galenus are believed to be its first practitioners, advocating the use of massage, or manual therapy, and hydrotherapy started in 460 BC.

2.) World War I and the 1916 Polio outbreak, led to a national and international need for rehabilitation to treat disabled soldiers and children. The field provided career opportunities for women at the time, and in 1918 the term “Reconstruction Aide,” was given to those practicing physical therapy.

3.) According to the 2010 US Census, there are about 200,000 physical therapists practicing in the United States.

4.) Physical therapy continues to be a female-dominated career, with about 70% of practitioners in the United States being women.

5.) The American Physical Therapy Association accredits curricula for physical therapists in the United States. Each state regulates the licensing of practitioners for its respective jurisdiction. The most common degree held by physical therapists is a Doctor in Physical Therapy (DPT).

6.) There are almost 450 active-duty physical therapists who treat American troops across the three branches of military.

7.) Studies have shown that physical therapy can be as or more effective than surgery to address a range of knee and back conditions.

8.) Most providers in most jurisdictions do not require the patient to receive a MD’s referral for physical therapy.

9.) Advances in physical therapy leverage ancient Oriental medicine and knowledge. Active Release Techniques™ (ART) and dry needling has its origins in acupuncture, developed in China 2,000 years ago. Modern use of needles utilize long-established techniques to treat patients in new ways.

10.) Innovations in technology have provided for new tools to aid in the treatment process. The K-Laser™s a medical class IV therapy laser, first cleared by the FDA in 2005 and can be used in physical therapy settings to promote healing on a cellular level.

American Physical Therapy Association – www.apta.org
Active Release Techniques™ – www.activerelease.com
K-Laser™ – www.K-Laserusa.com

Photo Caption/Credits: Reconstruction Aides, who typically learned military drills prior to being transported to overseas US Army hospitals, on July 4, 1918, in New York. Source: American Physical Therapy Association.

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Release Physical Therapy Welcomes Dr. Dula

Release Physical Therapy Welcomes Dr. Dula

About Dr. Virginia Dula, DPT, OCS


Release Physical Therapy is growing its clinical team! Dr. Virginia Dula is Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist by the American Board of Physical

Therapy Specialties. She received her Master of Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 2002 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2011. She spent the beginning of her career working in a variety of practice settings before focusing on Orthopedic and Sports Medicine.

For the past six years, Dr. Dula has worked with the United States Military treating a wide variety of problems including trauma, repetitive stress injuries, TBI, and chronic pain. Additionally, Dr. Dula frequently treated amputees, elite athletes, and special operations personnel. Dr. Dula’s formal education, continuing education efforts, and work experience enable a broad treatment approach. Dr. Dula’s specialties include hands-on soft tissue work, manipulation, individualized exercise programs, and Trigger Point Dry Needling. She is also a full body certified ASTYM Provider.

Release Physical Therapy, Washington, DC proudly welcomes Dr. Dula to our clinical team. Dr. Dula is now accepting new patients – schedule an appointment with her today!

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