Do you have to prepare for that?
If you are going to see a physiotherapist for the first time, you may wonder what you will need and what to expect. In today’s post, I will help you prepare for a smoother visit. Thanks to this, you will be able to make even better use of the time spent on therapy. I also know that often the first visits can cause stress and uncertainty — it is completely normal. Therefore, in combination with proper preparation, we will be able to more efficiently and comfortably go through individual parts of the visit.
How to prepare for the visit?
Let us start by mentioning punctuality. It is always worth coming at least 5 minutes before the start of the visit, so that you can breathe peacefully, change your clothes and do not waste time during therapy. By being late and on the run, you get distracted and it’s hard to catch your thoughts during conversation. Therefore, it is worth to focus on punctuality and come a bit earlier. If possible, take a shower. Especially in the summer, when it’s natural for us to sweat more. This is a small thing, but it will eliminate discomfort and enable better, more pleasant work. The next key (technical) point is clothing. The best option is to bring shorts, t-shirt and shoes/flip-flops. Then the therapist has a better opportunity to work with tissues, and the patient does not feel uncomfortable. Comfort during therapy is a very important aspect, so it is worth taking care of it beforehand. If you do not have the opportunity to take clothes with you, bet on clothes or underwear in which you will feel comfortable in the presence of your therapist. It is often necessary to undress, so be prepared for it beforehand.
How about test results? Should I take them with me or not?
You often ask whether you should take imaging tests or their results with you. Of course, if you have them, you can take them with you. The therapist will be able to take a look at the results and take them into account during diagnosis and therapy. If you have several versions of tests of the same area, then the latest ones will suffice: they will provide more information than their older versions. Our facility does not need a referral from a doctor. We do not provide NFZ services, so you can make an appointment without any referrals.
How does the visit look like?
The therapeutic visit begins with filling up medical records that we are obliged to keep. At the first visit, consent for examination and therapy is signed and contact details are given. Then we move on to the next stage – the interview. It is an element of every visit, but during the first one it is definitely more extensive. You can expect questions about the following:
- current ailments – since when, what caused them, was there an injury in the area, when they intensify, what alleviates them, etc…
- all injuries, contusions, surgeries, scars, fractures, sprains, accidents throughout life – all this leaves a mark in our body, which can also translate into the current problem. We take this into account in later therapy, which is why these questions are asked.
- medicines/other treatments you are currently taking.
- diet and visceral disorders – heartburn, flatulence, reflux, constipation, diarrhoea etc.
- sleep – the amount and quality of sleep, falling asleep, waking up during the night, feeling rested/tired in the morning – it is an important aspect in terms of regeneration of the body.
- stress and coping with it – the impact of stress on our body and health is also a very important topic. As well as injuries – they can translate into pain.
What happens after the interview?
After the interview, we proceed to the examination. Different forms are used depending on the therapist. It can be an examination using movement, manual examination by the therapist or a combination of the two based on a cooperation between the patient and the therapist. During diagnosis, we try to find the source of problems, which do not always coincide with the area of the symptoms occurring. Therefore, don’t be surprised if we work in a remote area and you feel a relief in a completely different one. After the therapy, we most often talk about exercises/autotherapy at home. Remember that our work in the office lasts one hour, the remaining 167h per week belong to you. That is why it is extremely important to cooperate and work diligently on your own. Homework is either explained during therapy, or we send videos with recommendations in an e-mail. Thanks to this, you remember what to do and how to do it, and when you forget, you can always go back to the content of the email.
End of visit
At the very end, after discussing home recommendations, another visit is usually arranged, the date of which is agreed together. After the first treatment, it is often difficult to determine how many such visits will be needed to solve the problem. This is a very individual issue and depends on many factors – including your work at home and improving your daily habits. However, if the problem has been going on for a long time, do not expect that we will solve it during one visit (although we would very much like to). After the therapy, we recommend observing the changes, the intensity of the symptoms, the time of their appearance and your own feelings. This will also be a useful tip for us and will support the further process of therapy. If you are still bothered by any questions or doubts, go ahead – write in the comment. We will gladly answer.