October is Physical Therapy Month!

Mane Stream PT Team, Alissa & Katrina share…

Presented by Mane Stream PT Team, Alissa Lanahan, PT, DPT, Cert MDT and Katrina Low-Beer, PT, DPT

Presented by Mane Stream PT Team, Alissa Lanahan, PT, DPT, Cert MDT and Katrina Low-Beer, PT, DPT

Physical therapists are "movement experts who optimize the quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education" (APTA). During World War I, wounded soldiers were rehabilitated by early therapists named reconstruction aides. The profession continued to grow following World War II and the treatment of polio. In 1954, the American Physical Therapy Association complied a professional credentialing exam that provided physical therapists with licensure. To become a physical therapist, you must receive a Doctorate of Physical Therapy which requires six to seven years of study and pass a licensure exam. The State of New Jersey also certifies Physical Therapy Assistants; those in this role must receive a two-year associate's degree and pass their licensure exam - they are then allowed to treat clients under the supervision of/within the plan of care set by a licensed PT.

Physical Therapists work in various settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, schools, in-home care, and here at Mane Stream! Physical Therapists prescribe exercises and provide manual treatments including mobilizations and stretching to improve overall function and mobility of their patients. One intervention that physical therapists use at Mane Stream is the horse, to bring out the best movement in their patients!

Everyone is welcome to join us at Mane Stream to learn first-hand from our PT Team on 10/24 @ 6:30pm.

If you are interested in learning more about the profession of physical therapy and how horses are used as a treatment tool please attend our continuing education course on Thursday, October 24th 6:30 to 8:00 pm. RSVP to volunteer@manestreamnj.org

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