House unanimously adopts Readshaw resolutions honoring respiratory, massage therapists

HARRISBURG, Oct. 10 – The House today unanimously adopted two resolutions introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny.

House Resolution 1062 designates the week of Oct. 21-27, 2018, as “National Respiratory Care Week” in Pennsylvania, while H.R. 1063 designates the same week as “National Massage Therapy Awareness Week” in the state.

Readshaw said H.R. 1062 recognizes the state’s respiratory therapists for the essential services they provide.

“Respiratory therapists often stand between patients and life-threatening conditions,” Readshaw said. “They provide acute care for patients on ventilators and administer oxygen and breathing treatments. They also assist physicians with diagnoses, conduct pulmonary therapy and teach home care to patients and family members. In every aspect of care, these professionals strive to meet the highest standards. Their dedication benefits patients throughout the commonwealth.”

Readshaw said he introduced H.R. 1063 to recognize the contributions of a second group of health care workers – the commonwealth’s more than 7,900 licensed massaged therapists.

“A growing body of research shows massage therapy can help alleviate a wide range of health problems, from headaches, stress and high blood pressure to fibromyalgia, arthritis and muscle injuries,” Readshaw said. “By displaying strength, stamina and empathy, these talented therapists play a key role in restoring clients’ health and well-being.”

Readshaw added that the profession is growing nationally, with consumers spending an estimated $16 billion annually on massage therapy.