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For Therapists: The Five Ws of ICD-10

Author Travel Force Staffing | 11.06 | Category Allied Healthcare, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Therapist Jobs, Travel Nurse Blog, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

October was the official rollout of ICD-10. The 36-year-old system used for coding diseases, diagnoses and clinical procedures was due for a revision; actually, a federal mandate called for the switch from ICD-9 in the Fall of 2014, but approved an extension because of the sizeable learning curve medical coders have in navigating this update. There are over 120,000 new codes in the revision. Unless healthcare employers have medical coders fluent in ICD-10, they can expect a significant drop in productivity.

Therapists can treat this short list of ICD-10 facts like a palm card, if and when a colleague asks what this switch is all about, and whether it’s going to affect their healthcare employer.

  • WHO IS switching to ICD-10? Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurers have to; so does HIPPA. Who ISN’T: Eventually all entities that pay out healthcare benefits will make the transition; but, for now workers compensation and auto insurers don’t have to switch to ICD-10.
  • WHAT happens to patients who received services before 10/1/15, but were not discharged and billed for these until after this date? It can get a little tricky, but so long as a patient was discharged from the rehab center or skilled nursing facility before October 1st, his or her bill was not subject to the new ICD-10 codes.
  • WHERE can therapists find published guidelines? *The ICD-10 was developed and is maintained by The World Health Organization and National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC.  Interested therapists can read full guidelines online at the CDC website.
  • WHEN can therapy services be billed with ICD-9 codes? If the therapy was provided before October 1, 2015, it will be billed using the old codes.
  • WHY are we making this transition? This question is addressed at length on APTA’s ICD-10 page, but here is the short version: Because it wasn’t optional. ICD-9 was developed in 1970, and based on medicine and technology no longer in use. The old version simply lacked the detail needed to bill for today’s physical therapy and other allied health treatments.Yes, all of this ICD-10 explanation seems like a lot of fuss for just 2 different code sets (Clinical Modification and the Procedure Coding System), but because so many allied healthcare professionals work in outpatient settings, it behooves them to know more about the switch. While it’s a non-issue for Travelers, it still behooves occupational and physical therapists to learn all they can about ICD-10, by exploring the live webinars and other resources the *APTA makes available.

Physical Therapy Jobs Are Changing for the Better

Sweeping changes or no, travel physical therapy jobs, are a great profession to be in. According to APTA’s most recent median income report, physical therapists earn a salary of $85,000; this figure is highly variable because it takes into account where you live, how many years of experience you have, your education and practice setting. Recruiters can work all of these variables into your perfect equation and idea of career success. Connect with Travel Force today to find high paying allied healthcare jobs in all 50 U.S. States!

*Facts about ICD-10 presented in this blog were taken from APTA’s page: Top Resources for Your Transition to ICD-10. The Five Ws were gleaned from the *APTA’s FAQ page on understanding ICD-10.

Physical Therapy Tops Survey List for One of U.S.’s Top Healthcare Jobs!

Author Travel Force Staffing | 01.22 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Therapy Jobs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) consistently reports great employment figures for the healthcare sector. The career outlook for physical therapists is especially bright, and a recent study done by CareerCast, in conjunction with the BLS and Occupational Safety and Health Administration concurs. The best healthcare jobs in the U.S. boil down to 10 career fields expected to generate 5 million new jobs by 2022; one of these is physical therapy jobs!

Allied healthcare professionals working as PTs can expect to earn a median annual salary of $79,860 per year; the high income meets just one of several criteria used by CareerCast in their study. The hiring outlook, low stress work environment and travel opportunities for therapists also helped the profession achieve high ranking. Being in high demand also helps, and for physical therapists, it’s the U.S. states with high populations of seniors that help drive demand.

Here’s an interesting fact for traveling therapists practicing in states with a high population of seniors: according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than a quarter of a million Americans turn 65 each day! When you couple that with expanding insurance coverage under Obamacare, and new legislation in many U.S. states that let PTs see patients without a physician referral, you can’t help but appreciate that physical therapy jobs equate to high compensation and a secure future.

How secure? Physical therapists can expect a growth rate of 36% by 2022, the highest on CareerCast’s list. PTs are encouraged by the American Physical Therapy Association to seek the post-graduate Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree after earning their bachelor’s; this degree of clinical training ensures that therapists are better equipped to work one-on-one with their patients and see dramatic health improvements along the way.

Interested therapists can see a complete list of the USNews Best Health Care Jobs, where the top slot went to pharmacists; however, the good news for all healthcare professionals is that these individuals will, according to the BLS, account for one in every 3 jobs created in the U.S. between now and 2022!

Travel Force Staffing Places Allied Healthcare Professionals in Exciting Locations, Where Their Expertise Remains In High Demand!

We contract with healthcare employers that top the list for America’s best rehabilitation hospitals; these employers are motivated to provide a low stress work environment, and other incentives to maintain retention levels and keep staff morale high! Call 800-617-0608 or apply online today to learn more about allied healthcare jobs in all 50 U.S. States. Our full-time employees enjoy a generous befits package that includes free private housing. You might also be eligible for a referral bonus! Take advantage of your amazing career outlook and contact a recruiter today!

2015 Exercise Trends for Physical Therapists and their Patients

Author Travel Force Staffing | 01.13 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Travel Therapist

For the past nine years, The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has published the top 20 exercises trending in the upcoming year in its health and fitness journal. As in previous years, the 2015 survey, sent to over 28,000 fitness professionals, was comprised of 39 possible trends. This year’s survey shows that Pilates, Zumba and indoor cycling have declined in popularity. Body weight training claims the number one spot this year.

Many of the respondents to ACSM’s survey work as allied healthcare professionals in a clinical setting, or in hospital outreach programs provided by their healthcare employers. It behooves these therapists to take a look at what’s in and what’s out, in America’s gyms and exercise classes; they can use the survey results to better serve patients and their families, and justify investments in the customized physical therapy programs they are likely using with patients.

Body weight training’s ascent to the #1 spot has been an interesting climb. Last year, the top honor went to high-intensity interval training. Body weight training did not appear in the ACSM survey until 2013, when it was listed at #3. Physical therapists with a niche in sports medicine will want to take a comparative look at this year vs. last year’s fitness trends, to see which ones climbed, fell, or dropped off the list altogether.

Top 10 Trending Exercises for 2015

These are the top 10 (out of 20) most popular fitness trends for 2015; the rest included exercises such as outdoor activities, boot camp, wellness coaching and circuit training.

  1. Body weight training
  2. High intensity interval training
  3. Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals
  4. Strength training
  5. Personal training
  6. Exercise and weight loss
  7. Yoga
  8. Fitness Programs for older adults
  9. Functional fitness
  10. Group personal training

Today’s Physical Therapists Are Trending Right Along with This Year’s Exercise Trends!

When physical therapists review the top fitness trends and exercise in 2015, they will be encouraged by a recurring theme here, one that can’t help but resonate in most physical therapy careers, an emphasis on fitness programs for seniors, health and wellness coaching and working one on one with patients. The top trends for 2015 are ideal for helping physical therapists develop “personalized prevention plans” in accordance with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that Medicare patients’ annual wellness visits are 100% covered! Allied healthcare professionals who are interested in introducing some of this year’s trending exercises to patients can access the full text of the ACSM’s study by clicking on this link from their Health & Science Journal.

An Experienced Therapist Recruitment Agency Has a Grip on 2015’s Hottest Job Trends!

Travel Force Staffing Professionals have decades of experience placing allied healthcare workers in well-paying therapy jobs in all 50 U.S. States. Our candidates are the same brand of educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals that helped shape ACSM’s popular survey last year, this year and in years to come. Get in touch with one of our recruiters today for instant access to therapy jobs in America’s best rehabilitation hospitals and outpatient centers. Our benefits include free private housing in featured locations, and the chance to advance your therapist career into the six figures. Happy New Year, everyone!

Potential Shortage of PTs and OTs over the Next Decade

Author Travel Force Staffing | 11.05 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel Therapist

healthcare professionals shortage

A new study forecasts a potential labor shortage of physical and occupational therapists over the next decade. The September 2014 study by “The Conference Board” estimates that the U.S. will experience labor shortages in three categories: skilled labor, healthcare professionals, and technology.

The report is titled, “From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers.” The Conference Board, founded in 1916, is an independent research organization with a mission to “provide the world’s leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society.”

Not enough Replacement Workers

As the boomer generation retires from the workforce, there are not enough replacement workers to fill their positions. The further we move out, the larger the problem becomes. In regards to healthcare, the Conference Board forecasts shortages of physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurse practitioners, physical therapist assistants, and occupational therapist assistants, among others.

The problem is two-fold. As boomers age, they’re going to increasingly need the services of physical therapists and there aren’t enough replacement therapists to fill the void. At the same time, U.S. medical schools are turning away qualified applicants because there is not enough infrastructure and faculty to educate them all.

The American Physical Therapists Association forecasts “unmet demand” to range from 13,638 to 27,820 full-time physical therapists until 2020.

Permanent and Temporary Therapist Recruiting

The good news is that Travel Force Staffing can help organizations meet their optimal staffing requirements with permanent, temporary, travel, and part-time therapists. Travel Force Staffing specializes in career opportunities for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, PTAs, Speech Language Pathologists and other allied health professionals.

Clients of Travel Force post physical therapist jobs, occupational therapy jobs and speech therapy jobs online. Our therapist recruiting agency offers recruitment, candidate screening and credentialing, document expiration date notification, payroll, insurance, full benefits and more.

It’s important for healthcare executives to stay ahead of the curve and be able to manage the risk of the upcoming therapist workforce shortage. Contact Travel Force  post jobs and see that therapist recruitment doesn’t have to be difficult.


5 Ways Physical Therapists Can Help Overweight Patients

Author Travel Force Staffing | 10.07 | Category Allied Healthcare, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs

According to the CDC, there is no state in the U.S. right now with an **obesity rate under 20%; this is an epidemic that many physical therapists are specifically trained to help combat, as they can teach obese or overweight patients how to exercise properly and without pain. A fundamental part in preventing, managing and overcoming issues like Type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, tendonitis or overuse injuries, requires a targeted physical therapy program.

Physical Therapist helping overweight patient

Here are 5 ways to get these patients moving safely and effectively:

  • #1: Teach correct posture and movement patterns; this varies depending on the patient. For example, a case of diabetic neuropathy in the feet makes certain kinds of exercise impossible. The therapist may want to refer to The Health Professional’s Guide to Diabetes and Exercise and use aquatic therapy. Other low impact exercises, like stationary bicycles require a proper bike fit, explained in detail here. For gastric bypass patients, the therapist may want to design preoperative therapy programs that teach deep breathing and lower-extremity exercises.
  • #2: Make it Fun: Physical therapy with the intent of helping patients set goals and learn to monitor their own behavior doesn’t have to be all work and no play. PTs like to use constant feedback and continuous motivation as a way to engage and challenge their patients. The fun starts just as soon as the therapist gets a firm commitment from the patient that says they want to be physically active, or better yet, fit for life!
  • #3: Encourage them to check out prevention classes and exercise groups: A great example can be found in the On the Move™ exercise program offered by the Washington University School of Medicine; at these physical therapy clinics in St. Louis, overweight and obese patients engage in exercise regimes created specifically for them, via the use of a 10-punch card that gives them access to fun classes with their peers. Hospitals throughout the United States feature community education programs with similar fitness classes.
  • #4: Be able to provide clinical advice about diet and proper nutrition: Use these healthy menu ideas from a bariatric surgeon that are available on The Obesity Action Coalition. Referring patients to resources that encourage a healthy lifestyle is only the beginning! Therapists will also want to incorporate behavior modification into PT sessions, i.e. learning how the patient’s readiness to begin or continue positive behaviors impacts progress, and recognizing any barriers that may compromise healthy habits.
  • #5: Get the word out about daily and weekly exercise quotas: According to the Department of Health and Human Services, adults should do at least 2.5 hours per week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Children and adolescents should do 1+ hour of physical activity daily.

Find a Rewarding Physical Therapy Career with Travel Force Staffing

Studies show that losing 10 to 12 pounds on average, is responsible for a 30% improvement in knee pain and 24% improvement in the patient’s ability to perform daily activities, like climbing stairs quickly and easily. As a dedicated allied healthcare professional, you’ll want to get your patients of all shapes and sizes moving toward a physically active and healthy lifestyle. Find a rewarding physical therapy career at Travel Force Staffing where allied healthcare professionals have a chance to work in America’s best rehabilitation hospitals!

**Statistics and information about obesity and exercise cited in this blog came from, and the CDC.

Boomers and Healthcare Reform Boost Physical Therapy Jobs

Author Travel Force Staffing | 08.25 | Category Allied Healthcare, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Travel physical therapy jobs

Aging Boomers and healthcare reform are helping physical therapy to become a job growth leader in the United States. With life expectancy reaching 79.8 years in 2013, there is a growing need for physical therapists to help boomers to stay fit and healthy throughout their senior years. Additionally, healthcare reform is adding millions of newly-insured patients, some of whom are going to require physical therapy services.

baby boomer and PT jobs increase


Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is another contributor to the growth of physical therapy jobs. A study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed that chronic pain affects nearly a third of U.S. adults. Additionally, it was found that chronic pain increases with age; so again, boomers will require additional physical therapy care.

According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), “Chronic pain, which is defined as pain that lasts for several months, or in some cases, years, affects at least 116 million Americans each year. Physical therapists play an important role in managing chronic pain by administering treatments that include strengthening and flexibility exercises, manual therapy, posture awareness, and body mechanics instruction. Physical therapists can also help the patient to understand the underlying cause of their pain.”

Physical Therapy Jobs by the Numbers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts that 73,500 physical therapy jobs will be created in the 10-year period from 2012 to 2022. That translates into a 36% growth rate for the 10-year period or an average of 3.6% per year.

Pay scale surveys reveal that:

  • Physical therapy salaries increase dramatically after just five years of experience.
  • A typical physical therapist salary is between $71,520 and $80,000 per year.
  • Hourly wages for physical therapists average $35 per hour.

Industry researcher and business intelligence provider, IBISWorld has an even more optimistic forecast, calling for an annual growth rate of 4.3% for physical therapist jobs until 2016.

IBISWorld also predicts:

  • Physical therapy centers will increase from 105,587 in 2011 to 123,351 in 2016, a 14.4% growth rate.
  • Revenue growth for physical therapy will grow at 4.8% annually.
  • Total physical therapy jobs will reach 327,851 by 2016 an increase of 123,651 from 2012 – more than 50,000 jobs higher than the BLS predicts in 2022.

Therapist Careers Nationwide

Travel Force Staffing specializes in nationwide career opportunities for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, PTAs, Speech Language Pathologists and other allied professionals. We staff Outpatient Centers, Rehab Centers, skilled nursing facilities, and top rehabilitation hospitals nationwide.

Experienced physical therapists are currently in high demand on the West Coast with both permanent and travel positions available; including therapist jobs in Arizona and surrounding areas. Healthcare facilities in California are also trying to fill physical therapy positions and offer some of the highest pay rates in the nation coupled with a comprehensive benefits package.

The application process is quick and easy, so apply online now or call 1-800-617-0608 to speak to one of our highly trained consultants.



Physical Therapy for Amputees Improves with Bionic Arm

Author Travel Force Staffing | 08.15 | Category Allied Healthcare, Medical Robotics, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Travel Therapist, Video

Earlier this year, the FDA approved the world’s first bionic arm! This is a technology breakthrough not just for amputees, but for the physical therapists and occupational therapists working to help patients regain a full range of motion. The prosthetic arm, a product of DEKA Research and Development Corporation, can perform multiple, simultaneous powered movements controlled by electrical signals from EMG electrodes. If that sounds like the stuff of science fiction, that’s because it is! In fact, the inventor of the bionic arm, Dean Kamen and his research team nicknamed it, “Luke”, after Luke Skywalker.

Therapists interested in the nuts and bolts behind prostheses, will be fascinated by how this arm works: it translates signals from the patient’s muscles to perform complex tasks. EMG electrodes detect electrical activity caused by the contraction of muscles close to where the prosthesis is attached. The electrodes send the electrical signals to a computer processor in the prosthesis that translates them to a specific movement—some as hard to grasp, if therapists want to take the term literally, as a grape or egg; see for yourself in Dean Kamen’s “Luke Arm video” below.

Therapists Take Note: Different kinds of amputations benefit from this bionic arm

The DEKA Arm System is unique because its prosthesis so closely resembles the natural motion of the arm. Here are a few things that occupational therapists helping amputee patients find easier with the bionic arm:

  • Using keys and locks
  • Preparing food and feeding oneself
  • Using zippers
  • Brushing hair and teeth

Physical therapists will benefit from reading the FDA’s review of clinical information relating to the bionic arm, including a study in which all DEKA participants performed household and self-care tasks. **The study found that approximately 90 percent of study participants were able to perform activities with the DEKA Arm System that they were not able to perform with their current prosthesis. Though it cannot be configured for limb loss at the elbow or wrist joint, physical therapists will be amazed to consider that the arm can be configured at the shoulder joint, mid-upper arm, or mid-lower arm.

The FDA’s marketing of the first prosthetic arm is a cool concept to wrap your arms around…

And making waves for more than just physical therapists working in New Hampshire, where this amazing new technology was created. DEKA Integrated Solutions is located in Manchester, nestled among dozens of exciting New England towns that travel healthcare professionals love visiting. Travel Force Staffing offers therapy jobs from coast to coast, in all 50 U.S. States! Call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online to find out how you can work with cutting edge technologies that allow allied healthcare professionals to grow their clinical skills and expertise!

**Information from this article was taken from the FDA’s press release on the bionic arm, as well as CNN’s reporting on the Deka Arm System

Physical Therapists can Safely Cycle into the Summer with Tips for Proper Bike Fit

Author Travel Force Staffing | 06.06 | Category Allied Healthcare, How to Tips, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy

It never hurts to review the basics, especially when they can help patients who bike learn to prevent pain and injury, increase efficiency and eliminate discomfort. For PTs who work in physical therapy jobs that emphasize sports medicine, it’s part of the daily routine to help patients identify functional goals, i.e. endurance OR speed and performance.

Posture tips for making the most out of every bicycling work-out include these three basics: 1) Changing hand position on handlebars frequently 2) Maintaining a controlled but relaxed grip on the handlebars and 3) Understanding the importance of back strength.

These fundamentals from the APTA can help with proper bike fit:

  • Trunk positioning is a crucial part of proper bike fit. The recreational rider’s trunk should be positioned **40 to 80 degrees from horizontal; the shoulder angle between 80 and 90 degrees.
  • Knee to Pedal positioning is ideal when it is **as close to 35 degrees as possible. This will ensure better function, with less stress to the knee. For the recreational biker, knee to pedal angle should be 35 to 40 degrees; for the road cyclist, therapists recommend an angle of **30 to 35 degrees.road cyclist
  • Foot to Pedal positioning should ensure that **the ball of the foot is placed over the pedal spindle for the best leverage, comfort, and efficiency; a stiff-soled shoe is best for comfort and performance. The optimal goal of revolutions per minute when peddling is between **80 and 90.
  • Handlebar positioning **affects hand, shoulder, neck, and back comfort. The higher the handlebars, the more weight will be placed on the saddle. Taller cyclists should have lower handlebars in relation to the height of the seat. Road cyclists should position their hands approximately 2 centimeters wider than the shoulders for optimal peddling, efficiency and aerodynamics.
  • Seat positioning can make or break proper bike fit. **If you are sliding too far forward, that means too much weight is being placed on your hands, arms, and lower back. If the seat is tilted backwards then you may place undue strain on your lower back. The seat should also be a comfortable distance from the handlebars. If it is too close then extra weight will be placed on the mid-back and arms; too far away and extra strain will be placed on the lower back and neck.

Therapists Can Help Outfit the Bike and Cyclist: Helmets should feature tight traps to prevent slipping and bear the marking of “Snell Certified” or “Meets ANS12904 standard”. A white light on the front of the bike, red reflector or light on rear, and orange flag fastened to the back of your bike increases visibility. Softer handlebar tape and shock absorbers for the seat post and front fork are also worth inquiring about at the local bike shop!

The Right Healthcare Staffing Agency Will Ensure that You Work in An Ideal Healthcare Setting!

Travel Force Staffing places our allied healthcare team in top paying therapy jobs in all 50 U.S. states. Our therapists work in diverse settings—from prestigious teaching hospitals and award winning rehab centers to outpatient clinics with sterling reputations; many of our clients are noted on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals List. Don’t stop with ensuring proper bike fit—make sure your allied healthcare career is a perfect fit as well by calling 1-800-617-0608 or applying online today!

**Information for this article was taken from APTA’s online brochure, Bike Right, Bike Fit and APTA- PTs Offer Tips for Proper Bike Fit

New Physical Therapy Techniques That Greatly Help Our Veterans

Author Travel Force Staffing | 05.22 | Category Healthcare Industry Trends, Physical Therapy, Therapy Jobs, Travel Therapist

This Memorial Day, as healthcare professionals join the nation in recognizing veterans and those on active duty, it’s important to consider that for all patients—particularly Vets—mental anguish and physical pain are often connected. Some physical therapists are bridging this gap via use of targeted therapies that specifically address Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Travel therapists in Florida will recognize the James A. Hailey Veterans Administration Hospital as a forerunner in treating PTSD. The facility, located in Tampa, recently celebrated its grand opening in April 2014. The rehab hospital is forging new concepts in allied healthcare for Vets, such as units categorized as “neighborhoods”, each with a military-inspired name. A few examples of different floors’ names in this facility include Duty, Patriot, Valor, Motivation, Bravery, Honor and not least of all, Courage! A personal memorabilia display and outward facing windows that emit restorative natural light, round out this new rehab hospital, identifying it as a first stop for Florida veterans in need of top notch care.

The therapies trending in VA hospitals are impacting physical therapy careers in many healthcare settings. For PTSD, some therapists are using a multi-disciplinary team approach, wherein the rehab team is made up of physical therapists, as well as mental health professionals. The team treats the condition as a “whole body disease” that affects patients on multiple levels.

This is part of a “**Habitual Therapy Technique”, gaining traction among patients with PTSD. The idea is to get the patient to do things over and over, so that he or she achieves “somatization of pain”. This technique supposedly helps the patient mentally deal with trauma by somatizing pain in different parts of the body; during treatment, and with targeted exercise prescribed by the physical therapist, the patient eventually gets past the physical pain: Endorphins kick in, the joints are lubricated and the patient enjoys a speedier recovery, thanks to the steady regimen of exercise enforced by the PT.

Goal List for Physical Therapists Treating Vets

This Memorial Day, strengthen your goals for patients who served or are serving in the military. These are just a few of the ways PTs can help Vets transition, more smoothly, from life in the hospital to life as a happy and healthy civilian.

  • Get them back on a regular physical workout schedule
  • Become more effective at diagnosing and picking up on the nuances of PTSD
  • Take the patient from a targeted exercise plan into painless full-body workouts
  • Familiarize yourself with tele-rehabilitation services that allow therapists to perform remote TBI evaluation and in-home monitoring
  • Work from the assumption that the body functions as a whole and symptoms in one area of the body may be related to a dysfunction occurring elsewhere

Travel Force Staffing Wishes Our Therapists and Everyone They Treat, a Safe and Happy Memorial Day!

At a premiere staffing agency, therapists work in America’s best rehabilitation hospitals; these include teaching hospitals similar to the James A. Haley VA, and other poly trauma centers. Call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online for therapy jobs that let you use state of the art technologies, like virtual reality and underwater treadmills. Be elemental in offering patients a return to the mobility and independence they once knew; it’s a great time to salute our allied healthcare professionals and the men and women in uniform they are helping to heal. Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone!

** Information on the Habitual Therapy Technique was taken from an article entitled: Physical therapists work to address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among veterans.

What Physical Therapists and Their Patients Should Know About Treadmill Desking

Author Travel Force Staffing | 04.10 | Category Gadgets, Healthcare Industry Trends, Physical Therapy, Product Reviews, Therapy Jobs, Video

New medical documentation software allows allied healthcare professionals to sit in front of a computer and get a lot done; the downside to that is physical therapists experiencing, first-hand, what patients with sitting-induced neck and back pain go through. The treadmill desk is a trending solution for sedentary workers who wish to become more active ones, reaping the health benefits along the way.

The concept of the treadmill desk was born when **Dr. James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic, developed it as part of his work with non-exercise activity thermogenesis, constructing a “treadmill desk” by placing a bedside hospital tray over a simple treadmill. In 1996, Dr. Seth Roberts, a professor of psychology from UC Berkeley designed the first prototype of the 3 kinds of treadmill desks available today, which are:

  • A desk that is designed to cover a traditional treadmill (example: TrekDesk)
  • Treadmills designed to fit under a standing desk (example: The Rebel Crank-up Desk)
  • Desks fabricated by original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and are a treadmill with desk included (example: LifeSpan)

If You’re Thinking of Recommending Treadmill Desking to a Fellow Physical Therapist or Patient…

Patients expect their physical therapist to be up to date on the latest innovations in ergonomic workspaces, so it never hurts to study the different varieties of treadmill desks out there and recommend one that works for you.  A review of several treadmill desk brands was penned by a Michigan physical therapist who wrote this article that interested PTs can click on to get direct links to treadmill desks manufacturers; costs range widely from $400 to $4,000.

These are a few highlights, assurances and other important things to remember for those just starting out “treadmill desking”:

  • Users can burn an estimated 100-130 calories per hour at speeds slower than 2 miles per hour**
  • Treadmill desks require compliance with the same ergonomic safety standards recommended for any computer desk**
  • The recommended speed for walking on a treadmill while working at a computer is less than 2 miles per hour**
  • Beginners on the TrekDesk are advised to add no more than 15 minutes more walking each day initially.**

See what your work day on the move would be like via SparkPeople’s product review of the The LifeSpan TR1200-DT7 treadmill desk!

Stay Busy and Productive in Travel Therapy Jobs in All 50 U.S. States!

Travel Force Staffing has high paying therapy jobs in some of the most coveted tourist destinations in the nation. Our therapists stay active, thanks to flexible PT jobs that let them see and do a lot in travel therapy assignments lasting an average of 13 to 26 weeks, with more permanent jobs available. Being productive in your job without sitting all day sets a great example for patients—so keep moving whether you have a treadmill or not. Your mood, BMI and positive outlook on life are just waiting for your feet to catch up!

**Facts for this article were taken from and U.S. News and World Report’s article: Are Treadmill desks the cure for America’s sitting epidemic