How To Get The Most Out Of Your In-Home Physical Therapy Sessions

If you are recovering from major orthopedic surgery or are having trouble getting around for any other reason, then your physical therapist might come to your home rather than having you come to their office. In-home physical therapy can be very effective, but you do have to dedicate yourself to taking it seriously in spite of the location. Follow these tips, and you'll get more out of your in-home physical therapy sessions.

Be ready when the physical therapist arrives.

Make sure you are ready and waiting for your appointment so you and your physical therapist can get right to work as soon as they arrive. For instance, if your appointment is at 10:00, start getting ready at 9:30. Make sure you're wearing comfortable clothing that you can move and stretch in properly. Put on sneakers, if you're able, and use the bathroom so you do not have to do so during the appointment. You may want to fill and keep a bottle of water nearby so you can take a sip if you get tired and thirsty during your therapy session.

Keep one area ready and waiting for physical therapy.

You will need an open area where you can sit down, move around, and perform exercises without bumping into things. You might need to have a friend or family member move some things around to create such a space. Once the space is set up and you have an idea of the things you will need there — like exercise bands, small weights, and balance balls — leave everything in place and set up. This way, you won't have to scramble and get things ready each time your physical therapist comes for a session. If you are asked to do various exercises between sessions, your space will also be ready for this.

Have a friend or family member there to help and watch, if possible.

If you have a friend or a family member who is able to be present for your physical therapy appointments, ask them to be. During your early appointments, they may be able to help support or stabilize you as you perform certain exercises. They can also serve as a second set of ears, listening to your physical therapist's instructions and advice. If you're on pain relievers and a bit stressed out, it will be easy for you to miss some things that your physical therapist says, so having someone else listen will be really beneficial.

In-home physical therapy can be a very smart choice when your mobility is limited. Follow the tips above, and good luck in your recovery.