October is National Physical Therapy Month! It is a time to celebrate the broad vision of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to “transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.”1 We truly believe that physical therapy can impact many of today’s societal challenges such as addiction to pain medications, age related cognitive impairments, safer aging in the home, and reducing the high costs of healthcare.
The physical therapy profession has evolved from its early days as “Reconstruction Aides” during WW1 where new amputees were rehabilitated to walk again and physical therapists tackling the debilitating polio epidemic in the 40’s, to present day doctor level training.2 It now has a broad scope of practice that covers the entire lifespan. Physical therapists work with young infants and children to address developmental delays and neurological challenges. They help restore young and old athletes to their high level activities. They help restore the livelihood of injured workers. They help new mothers keep their bodies strong after childbirth. Physical therapists are key team members after a person suffers an incident such as heart attack and stroke, or face chronic disease such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis. They work with the elderly for falls prevention and maximizing independence. The list goes on!
The APTA offers many resources for the public for education and access to services. Please explore www.MoveForwardPT.com to get started! There you can read inspirational stories of recovery, get tips on how to manage your pain and get assistance on how to navigate the healthcare system. Like them on Facebook to get regular updates!
At Live Your Life Physical Therapy, our mission is bringing innovative wellness, fitness, rehabilitative and preventative services to everyone’s journey towards maximized well-being while exceeding expectations. Let us serve you and your family as your needs change!
Alana Howey, PT, MS, OCS
Live Your LifeTM
Bringing Physical Therapy & Wellness to You!
Alana Howey, PT, MS, OCS graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 1985 with a B.A. biology degree. She went on to study at Texas Woman’s University and graduated with a MS in physical therapy in 1987. She has over 25 years of practice in Minnesota. The bulk of her career she has been practicing in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, treating a wide range of client ages and challenges. She developed a specialty in treating temporomandibular dysfunction, headaches and cervical dysfunction. She also applies a more holistic approach to rebalancing the entire body system with postural restoration for complex, multi-joint challenges. She received a board certification as a clinical specialist in orthopedics in 1999 and was recertified in 2009.
Alana loves guiding clients to reach their goals and aspire to higher potential! She is excited to meet people in their homes to make a specialized program work for them.
When not working, Alana is kept busy with her husband and two daughters. She loves to garden, bike, travel, and take long hikes with her dog.
1 Bellamy, Jason. “Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy Profession and Guiding Principles to Achieve the Vision.” APTA, 9 Sept. 2015. http://www.apta.org/Vision/. Accessed 03 Oct. 2017.
2 Neil, Amber. “APTA History.” APTA, 10 Jan. 2017, http://www.apta.org/History/. Accessed 03 Oct. 2017.