If you have had physical therapy in the past, expect a different experience starting with your first visit. At Functional Physical Therapy, there are no heat or ice packs and no ultrasound, which are commonly used with less effective treatment protocols. You will be greeted by friendly staff, and your entire appointment will be spent with your physical therapist.
Be prepared to be moving from the start. Your therapist will spend time the first day reviewing your medical history and listening to your concerns. From there, you will participate in appropriate movement assessments to gain an understanding of your functional movement patterns. Because of this, we suggest that you arrive at the clinic in comfortable clothes that will allow your body to move naturally.
While pain can be a part of physical therapy, at Functional Physical Therapy, we believe in maintaining as much of a pain-free treatment approach as possible. When you move in pain, your body compensates and causes further restriction. We will attempt to work as pain-free as possible as you improve your functional movements.
At the completion of your first appointment, you will receive your therapist's cell phone number and e-mail address. Being able to communicate with your therapist is an essential part of our patient-centered approach. You will also be given the start of your home exercise program. We can provide video links, e-mail descriptions, and even take a video of you performing the prescribed exercises to ensure that the movements are performed correctly between treatment sessions.
Now, all that is left is for you to start moving pain-free and return to the active functional lifestyle that you are used to!