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Physical therapist professors and doctoral students will staff an information booth at Lowell City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 3:30 to 5 p.m., to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month.
Educational materials will be given out, including pedometers and the American Physical Therapy Association “Benefits of Walking” brochure. Therapists will evaluate shoe fit and make recommendations. And, a new walking map of Lowell will be available, which has been developed in partnership with the Greater Lowell Health Alliance.
“Walking is an easy way to get in the recommended 30 minutes a day of exercise, while providing many benefits,” says Deirdra Murphy, assistant professor of the Physical Therapy Department.
At UMass Lowell, physical therapy is offered in a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree program. Physical therapists (PTs) diagnose and treat people who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. They also help prevent conditions associated with loss of mobility through fitness and wellness programs.
Therapists provide care in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, outpatient clinics and sports facilities. The American Physical Therapy Association is a national professional organization representing more than 67,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research and education.