National Physical Therapy Month: Move Forward PT Challenge

Read below to find out how to use this map to help improve your physical health!


The entire month of October is National Physical Therapy Month. To celebrate, The University of Pacific Doctor of Physical Therapy program, including the ’18 and ’19 graduating classes would like to off a campus wide Wellness Challenge!

As students and faculty complete their respective work, whether that be in the classroom or in an office, many hours are spent sitting, working in front of them with on a computer or completing paperwork. As physical therapy students and practicing clinicians, we know the negative effects that prolonged sitting has on our bodies and we believe that it is our duty to inform our colleagues and classmates so that they can live a more healthy, pain-free life. A few common locations of pain that those who spend hours daily sitting and completing work in front of them include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Lower Back Pain

Although this is a short list, these are just a few of the common locations of pain. Working on a computer/laptop or on paper located in front of us, our shoulders assume an inwardly rotated and forward position. This alone causes abnormal posture that can lead to upper back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain and headaches secondary to abnormal alignment. Low back pain is often experienced by those who sit for prolonged periods throughout the day. Shortening of the muscles around the hips cause our hips and low back to assume abnormal alignment. When our bodies assume these positions, these abnormal positions become our new ‘normal’ posture. Over time, this causes pain and a conscious effort must be made avoid these positions.

Due to the commonality of postural abnormalities, we as practicing and aspiring physical therapists challenge you to get up and move. Below is a map of University of the Pacific. Highlighted on the campus map are three routes which may guide you in where to move, and measured distances of these routes. The following routes are measured in mileage as to their respective highlighted color:

  • Red Route = 0.90 miles
  • Green Route = 0.80 miles
  • Blue Route = 0.85 miles

To complete this challenge, we recommend two free applications that are compatible with both iPhone and Android devices. The apps are:

By running your application while you perform your walk, the application will document your walk for distance and time. Take a screenshot of your walks and sending them to your campus reps Cody Suder ([email protected]) or Dickson Chang ([email protected]).