Will I still gain progress from virtual physical therapy?

virtual physical therapy

Physical therapy has always been a hands-on treatment, so it’s natural to wonder if virtual physical therapy will offer the same benefits of pain relief as a standard appointment. After all, if you’ve been working with a physical therapist for several weeks or months, you want to make sure that this new option doesn’t undo all the hard work and progress you’ve made during your previous sessions. 

Rest assured — even though some things are different about virtual physical therapy (most notably, the hands-off experience), the treatment received is still an effective method of pain relief for most musculoskeletal conditions. It’s important to understand what to expect during your first virtual session in order to see the value in virtual physical therapy. 

Preparing for your first virtual physical therapy session

Before you schedule a virtual physical therapy appointment, you need to have access to a couple of items, such as:

  • A device with internet and video capabilities
  • A good internet connection
  • Space in your home to move or exercise

Don’t worry if you don’t have an in-home gym or dedicated workout space; most patients choose to complete their sessions in the living room. Just move some furniture and make a bit of space to move and exercise. You’ll also want somewhere to set your video device so your physical therapist can watch you during movements to ensure your form is correct. 

Once you are ready for your virtual physical therapy appointment, simply log on to the video platform (information given after you schedule your appointment) and connect with your physical therapist. Your physical therapist will then instruct you through different moves and stretches to continue your physical therapy plan. Some moves may be modified to accommodate your in-home setting, but your progress will not be halted because of it. 

Schedule a virtual physical therapy appointment today

It’s time to continue making progress toward your quality-of-life goals, like golfing, gardening or enjoying this beautiful weather with long nature walks. Talk to our team at Franklin Rehab about scheduling a virtual physical therapy appointment today, no physician referral required for most insurances.