Three simple tips to get the most out of your physical therapy

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is an outstanding tool to help people recover from surgery or injury. The benefits of physical therapy are numerous including:

  • Decreased recovery time from injury
  • Improved range of motion and mobility
  • Increased strength and stability
  • Reduced chance of future injury

Continuum Wellness shares a few simple tips on how to get the maximum benefit from your physical therapy treatment.

Show up

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky once said that you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Much like this inspirational quote, your body loses out on 100 percent of the benefits of physical therapy if you aren’t there. Find the motivation to get to your appointment. Keep that goal in mind when you think you are too tired or want to reschedule for the next week.

Ask questions

During a physical therapy session, it can be tempting to silently grit through your appointment in the hopes that it will end as quickly as possible. However, you would not be using the full expertise of the physical therapist by staying quiet. Specifically, asking questions during your appointment:

  • Can help you and the therapist set and adjust rehab goals
  • Can explain the benefit or reasoning behind a treatment or exercise
  • Provide clarification or assistance with proper form
  • Show the physical therapist you are an active participant in your rehab

Try your best

Physical therapy can sometimes be uncomfortable. It can be hard to push yourself when you are uncomfortable. Putting forth your best effort is crucial to achieving your rehab goals. If your job leaves you tired after a long day, try scheduling your appointment first thing in the morning while you are fresh. Other patients are night owls and are much more alert in the afternoon and evening.

Some people need to eat or have a nap before being at their best. Whatever the case may be, do what you need to put yourself in a position to put forth your best effort at physical therapy.

Physical therapy with Continuum Wellness

The physical therapists of Continuum Wellness have decades of combined experience. We help our patients achieve their goals with an individualized treatment plan. Contact us today to set up your initial appointment.