Physical Therapy FAQs
What should I expect from my first visit?
Your practitioner will listen to the reasons for your visit, and take down a written case history. This will provide vital information for treatment. Your practitioner will then conduct a full assessment of your condition, and review any relevant medical data. You and your practitioner can then set realistic and achievable goals.
How long is a session?
Sessions normally last 1 hour. Under special circumstances, your practitioner may recommend a longer session to treat your condition. Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early for your first session, to complete some paperwork. Timely arrival for subsequent sessions will ensure that you get the most out of them.
How many sessions do I need?
This depends on the diagnosis. No two problems are the same, and so the course of treatment differs, too. Recovery depends on the severity of the problem. But it is also affected by age, compliance, motivation, occupation, lifestyle choices and psychosocial factors. At the end of your first session, your practitioner can give you a better estimate for the duration of your treatment.
What do I need to bring to my first session?
Please bring any referral letter, if you have one, as well as any relevant X-rays or scans. If you are comfortable sharing any recent medical checkup information, this will also help.You may want to prepare a list of questions and issues that you would like to discuss.
What should I wear?
Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing works best. Please consider suitable clothing to allow treatment of any affected part of the body. For instance, if you have a shoulder injury, a loose T-shirt or tank top makes sense. For issues with the hip or knee, it’s best to wear shorts. If you are seeking neck or back treatment, you can consider wearing or bringing a singlet, and women can bring along a bikini top or sports bra.
How soon after a sports injury should I start physiotherapy?
Your recovery will likely be faster if you seek treatment within 24 to 48 hours of an injury. Immediately after an injury, follow a RICE protocol: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.You can consider avoiding anti-inflammatory medication, since inflammation is the start of the healing process.If you have had a medical procedure, consult your surgeon on the appropriate time to begin physiotherapy.
Do I need to wait until I have the results of my diagnostic tests (X-ray, MRI etc.) before seeing a physiotherapist?
In most cases, you do not need to have the results of diagnostic tests before consulting a physiotherapist. However, if you have those results, it will help if you bring them along. MRI results for a knee, shoulder or back injury are not essential before starting physical therapy. The physical therapy can immediately begin improving your primary complaints, such as pain or loss of function.If you have a bone fracture, a ruptured muscle or a ruptured tendon, please consult your advising physician as to the appropriate time to start physiotherapy.
Can I bill my sessions direct to my insurer?
You will need to pay for your session, and claim back from your insurance company later. Central Minds is happy to fill out any paperwork necessary for your insurance company to process the claim. We can also provide a copy of our diagnosis for use in your claim. Some insurers require you to have a written referral from a general practitioner/primary-care doctor before they will reimburse a claim. Please check with your insurer ahead of time if you plan to claim for physiotherapy.
Is a physiotherapist similar to a personal trainer?
In short, no. Many personal trainers work with physiotherapists to supplement the physiotherapy treatment. Physiotherapists are licensed medical professionals, typically with four years of training, and requirements for continuing education. Personal trainers are not licensed by the government, but are normally self-certified by the industry. They focus on overall strength and conditioning rather than treating medical conditions.
How can I prepare for Craniosacral Therapy or Integrative Manual Therapy?
You will remain fully clothed, so comfortable clothing is ideal. It may help to eat a light snack before your appointment. Try to arrive a few minutes early so that you can decompress and relax before your treatment.
Do I need to rest after treatment?
This will depend on your condition. Your practitioner can advise on the appropriate level of physical activity following treatment.
What sets Central Minds apart as a physiotherapy clinic?
Central Minds deploys an integrated approach to treatment, treating the body as a unified whole. It conducts only 1-on-1 sessions where you have the full attention of your therapist for 1 hour. Therapists in many other clinics juggle 3 or 4 patients at a time. Your therapist will examine the specifics of your issue but will also consider whether this is caused by or influencing other parts of the body. Getting to the root cause of the problem will minimize the chance of relapse, and enable you to enjoy the activities of your daily life to the full. Central Minds also deploys skilled manual therapy, supplemented by exercise and lifestyle advice. This means you get hands-on treatment with techniques such as deep-tissue release, joint mobilization, trigger-point release, myofascial release, strain and counterstrain technique, acupressure, stretching, soft-tissue mobilization, and muscle-energy techniques to align bones, release spasms, loosen muscles, decrease pain and improve function.
Central Minds Ltd.
Unit 2001, 20th Floor Ruttonjee House, Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
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