Are you about to see a physical therapist or physiotherapist? If so being the most prepared for the initial meeting and what is to come can assist with your healing and getting back to better physical health. Perhaps you have a sports injury or were in a vehicle accident. Or maybe you have had chronic muscle or joint pain due to an illness or failing health.
No matter the case, a physiotherapist is a medical professional that can create a treatment plan to deal with your specific issues. The plan will include therapies like physiotherapy exercises, remedial massage and pilates all designed to strengthen your body, improve the range of motion of your injured areas and help you heal.
When you are injured, it can be emotional debilitating as well and you might feel that having to attend therapy confirms that you might not get back to good health. The opposite is actually true meaning seeing a physical therapist means that you are taking the right steps down the best path to get you healthy again. But in order to get the most out of your therapy, you need to prepare. Here is a checklist of what you can expect and what you need to bring with you.
Wear the Right Clothing
You should wear loose fitting clothing to your physical therapist meeting because the therapist will likely examine your arms or legs to understand your current range of motion and what types of movement cause you pain.
Be Prepared for the Meeting
You should get yourself prepared for the meeting with your physical therapist. This means bringing any medical records relating to your physical injury or condition. This will allow the physical therapist to get a full and accurate picture of what has occurred with you in the past regarding your injury and any treatment you have received. You can expect a thorough physical examination focusing on your injury, the strength of your body in the injured area, and the range of motion you have with your muscles and joints.
You will also be asked about your physical condition to understand what you have gone through and to determine your mindset and mental condition. Being prepared for this type of examination and meeting can help both you and the physical therapist to get the most out of the session and help to have the best plan formulated for your therapy and treatment.
Prepare Yourself Mentally for Your Therapy Sessions
Depending on the severity of your injuries or condition, you might have to attend therapy sessions that go on for months or even years. During that time there will be progress and setbacks causing a roller coaster of emotions for you. You must mentally prepare yourself for this journey and find ways to remain consistently positive throughout. It is your therapist’s job to push you through the tough time and to test your limits. You might not always agree with the approach but in the end, the results will prove that the therapy is effective. So prepare yourself mentally for a long ride.