SOURCE: American Physical Therapy Association

March 02, 2006 10:38 ET

Is Your Legislator Fit for Office?

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 2, 2006 --Physical therapists will determine if Arizona legislators are fit for office -- physically fit, that is -- at a free fitness screening on Tuesday, March 7th, from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm, on the Senate Lawn at the State Capitol.

During the clinic, Arizona physical therapists will evaluate participants' blood pressure, strength, balance, posture, and posture during golf swing.

"This clinic is an opportunity for Arizona lawmakers to interact with physical therapists and better understand the role they play within the health care community," said Robert Bruce Direnfeld, PT, president of the Arizona Physical Therapy Association (AZAPTA). "Legislators recognize the importance of high-quality, affordable care for their constituents. We would like them to be reminded that physical therapy is a highly professional, cost-effective path to good health."

Physical therapists are health care professionals who diagnose and treat people of all ages with health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. They also prevent conditions associated with loss of mobility through fitness and wellness programs. The minimum educational requirement is a master's degree, yet most educational programs now offer the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree. Licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices. To find a physical therapist, please visit www.apta.org and click on "Find A PT."

The Arizona Physical Therapy Association represents and promotes the profession's role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of movement dysfunctions to enhance the health and functional abilities of the public.

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