How to maximize your Physical Therapy Sessions is no different than maximizing other tasks you have in life. It’s all about being organized, prepared to ask questions when needed and, expecting the best from yourself. You get out of it what you put into it right?
In our health care system, whether you are with medicare or a private insurance company, you have only so many Physical therapy sessions afforded to you before you as a patient are discharged from physical therapy to continue to carry on your rehabilitation process yourself. It’s important you educate yourself with the help of the physical therapy professional on how to continue the process yourself if required and, understand how to implement it.
Being prepared before your PT session is paramount to your success and to make sure you get your moneys worth. It is not only the responsibility of your physical therapist but more importantly, yourself. Your rehabilitation success rests with you.
You want to have an open mind and be willing to listen and follow the advice that is presented to you along with making sure you understand why you are doing an exercise for instance in the first place.
To maximize an exercise, for instance, it’s important to understand what part of the body along with muscle groups that are being affected and understand how it will improve your overall condition. I understand that most people will not require a medical dissertation during the treatment to be effective but, by understanding what and why you are doing something in the first place will help with your compliance and overall functional carry over.
I understand that most people will not require a medical dissertation during the treatment to be effective but, by understanding what and why you are doing something in the first place will help with your exercise compliance and overall functional carry over.
Make sure you have participated by giving your input to your physical therapist regarding your goals and what you are trying to ultimately achieve. They have to be your goals, not your doctors, or your spouse but yours. If you have laid out clear and concise goals and, understand what your goals are, your chances of reaching your final outcome and being successful raises exponentially.
Each session be sure you have carefully gone over your goals and see that you are making progress to reach them rather than mindlessly going through the sessions. Your body will only go where your mind takes it. You have to be mentally aware of what you are doing during the session to get the optimal results.
Another aspect that will help you prepare for your next PT session is to make sure your recovery process is organized, and that you are taking care of the whole body on your off days with proper sleep habits, hydration levels, and quality nutrition.
Your physical rehabilitation gains will be in proportion to how well you take care of yourself both mentally and physically during your recovery. Consider yourself in training. It may not be as aggressive and demanding as what a pro athlete would go through but, taking your physical rehabilitation seriously is just as important.
Consider yourself in training. It may not be as aggressive and demanding as what a pro athlete would go through but, taking your physical rehabilitation seriously is just as important. It’s your body and your quality of life that we are talking about here.
If you expect a full and complete recovery you have to be all in both physically but more importantly mentally as well.
Be proactive in understanding what you are doing and why, ask questions, take notes to understand the path you and your physical therapist are taking to get you back to a full and complete recovery.
Make sure you use each session you have to soak in as much information as possible and to understand the medical situation you are experiencing or, the surgical procedure that you have gone through
Understanding the scope of your physical rehabilitation helps you own it and become more involved in the outcome.
Of course, there are many others ways to increase your PT productivity however, these are just a few ideas you should consider to get the most bang for your time and dollar.
Richard Haynes PTA, CPT
Total Joint Fitness LLC