How to get rock star Physical Therapy when all you’ve been getting is factory made.
How do you know if you are getting great Physical Therapy? Wouldn’t you like your physical therapy to help you heal, feel better AND help you understand your body better at work, home and play?
You might not be getting the best Physical Therapy in NYC if the following describes your physical therapy experience.
• How much time does your Physical Therapist spend with you? Does she spend only 5 or 15 minutes with you one-on-one?
• Is most of your physical therapy time spent with a hot or cold pack, maybe some electrical stimulation for 15-20 minutes, maybe some ultrasound, maybe a little massage (if you’re lucky)?
• Or maybe you get heat or ice and e-stim, ultrasound and then are sent into the gym on your own to ride a stationary bike or do a few exercises.
• Does your Physical Therapist just hand you a pre-printed sheet of exercises to do on your own in the clinic?
• Does your physical therapist watch you do your exercises? Give you adequate instruction? Does your Physical Therapist progress your exercise program, gradually increasing its intensity, as you heal?
• Are your exercises healing? Do they feel good? Do they feel right? Do they feel too hard? Do they hurt? [Hint: good Physical Therapy is usually NOT painful or super hard.]
• Do you feel confident you are doing your exercises correctly? Does your physical therapist spend time working with you to help you find the inner feel, the inner logic of each exercise?
• Does she work intensively with you, guiding and giving you personalized feedback on how you move and perform each exercise? Are her instructions clear and easy to follow? Does she take the time to give you verbal and tactile cues?
• Does your PT help you learn the best way to do each and every exercise, both in the clinic and at home? Does she give you help with your alignment? Make sure you are finding ease of movement and not creating more strain?
• Are you getting effective manual treatment to aid the healing process, which helps resolve your pain, swelling or inflammation?
• Are you receiving a personalized home program to help you relieve pain between sessions?
• Does your home program help you manage and ease pain and tightness? Does it help you balance and strengthen your connections with your body?
• Does your Physical Therapist hand you a pre-printed sheet of exercises to do at home, maybe ones you’ve never done before, unrelated to your work in the clinic?
Healing takes time – your valuable time. To optimize your time and healing, wouldn’t you prefer to work with an experienced Physical Therapist who really hears you, who uses discrete exercise instruction, who is skilled at using mind-body integration tools and who has an arsenal of manual skills? Wouldn’t this be the best way to go?
Please feel free to contact Sharon Gary for more information or to set up an appointment.