How to Maximize Your Physiotherapy Appointment
Published on August 17, 2023

So, you’ve scheduled a physiotherapy appointment, but you’re unsure about what to expect or how to prepare. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll walk you through a typical physiotherapy appointment at North Shore Sports Medicine, including what to expect, what to wear, when to arrive, and more!


Before your physiotherapy appointment

Before coming to your appointment, start by asking yourself a few questions before arriving:

  • How have you been feeling?
  • Are there specific activities that have been challenging for you?
  • Have you noticed any changes, such as reduced or increased pain, stiffness, swelling, or bruising?
  • Are there any activities or exercises you find difficult or have questions about?

These answers will help your physiotherapist assess your injury, and gauge your progress and plan the session accordingly.

What to wear for your physiotherapy appointment

Proper attire is essential to make the most of your physiotherapy session. Since hands-on treatment is often necessary, it’s crucial to wear clothing that allows your physiotherapist to see and feel the affected areas. For instance:

  • Wear a tank top (or sports bra) for shoulder or neck injuries.
  • Opt for shorts that end or can be rolled up above your knees for any lower body injuries.

Being appropriately dressed ensures your therapist can provide effective treatment and assess related areas that may contribute to your condition.


At the clinic


Each session begins with a re-assessment, where your physiotherapist will ask about your progress since your last visit. You should share any concerns, questions, or changes in symptoms you’ve experienced. This information guides your therapist in designing the session to address your current needs effectively.

Manual therapy

Next comes the manual therapy phase, where your physiotherapist may apply gentle pressure to your joints or use specific techniques to address pain, stiffness, or improve joint range of motion. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about these techniques, as your therapist will be happy to explain the purpose and benefits.

Exercise review

Exercise plays a significant role in your physiotherapy session. Your therapist will review your prescribed exercises and assess your form, difficulty level, and progress. Whether you need progression or modification, your therapist will tailor the exercises to improve your strength, flexibility, endurance, and pain management.

Putting it into practice

Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your exercises at the clinic. This is the time to ask any additional questions or express any concerns you might have. Remember, consistency is key to success, whether you choose to do your exercises at the clinic or at home.


Actively participate in your physiotherapy appointment

Now that you know what to expect in your physiotherapy session, you can approach it with confidence and enthusiasm. By actively participating in your treatment, communicating openly with your physiotherapist, and following their advice and exercise plan, you’ll make the most of each session and set the stage for a successful journey toward improved physical health and well-being. Stick to your program, stay committed, and reap the rewards of your efforts! Book a physiotherapy appointment any time using our online booking site!

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