Four steps to prepare for virtual physical therapy from home

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You may have heard how you can receive virtual physical therapy from home to help you with your aches and pains when you don’t want to leave your home. However, you may be hesitant to schedule a virtual physical therapy appointment because you don’t consider yourself to be a technologically savvy person. No need to worry. Preparing for virtual physical therapy is easier than you might think.

Here are four simple steps you need to follow to be prepared for a virtual physical therapy appointment:

1. Check your internet connection

You need to make sure you have a reliable internet connection before you can begin your virtual physical therapy appointment. Check that your modems and routers are plugged in and turned on. If you’re reading this online at home right now, then everything should be in place as it needs to be.

2. Make sure you have the correct communication device

You and your physical therapist will need to be able to see and hear each other during your virtual physical therapy appointment. This is possible if you have a communication device that has audio and video capabilities, such as:

  • A laptop with a built-in camera
  • A desktop with an attached web camera
  • A smartphone
  • A tablet

Note: When using a smartphone or tablet, make sure you have a solid object to proper your device up against. 

3. Clear up some space

You’ll need plenty of space to perform certain stretches and exercises during your appointment. You should clear up at least 6 feet of space of any clutter and loose objects that could be tripping hazards. 

4. Dress comfortably

You’ll want to be able to move freely for your stretches and exercises. Wearing loose, comfortable athletic clothing can help you move more freely. You should also wear tennis shoes with the proper foot support. 

Talk to Whatcom Physical Therapy today about virtual physical therapy

Anyone with the internet and a video communication device can take advantage of virtual physical therapy from home. If you’re dealing with aches and pains but don’t want to visit a clinic for treatment, you can try virtual physical therapy with our team at Whatcom Physical Therapy. Contact our team today for more information about virtual physical therapy or to schedule an initial appointment.