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Creating the Ideal Environment for Telehealth Physical Therapy

Participating in a telehealth physical therapy session does not require as much to set up as it may seem. True, it’s not in a clinic that’s fitted out with all the equipment and machines that are commonly used, but there are many alternate ways to still receive effective treatment and perform exercises. As long as you have your device to participate in the video chat and some floor space to lie down and stand up, you will be able to partake in a session. Ideally, you want there to be as minimal distractions as possible, so you can focus and glean the most benefits possible from your session. Once you have a space that you are comfortable in, you can then give your body your utmost attention to help it heal.

You may or may not need equipment depending on what you are working on. If needed, and you have yoga mats, weights, bands, or other equipment, then you want these within reach and easy access. However, for those who do not have such equipment, there are many substitutes that are common household items. If you don’t have dumbbells, you can use a can or bottles of water to hold. You can also use a towel or a belt instead of a stretching strap while stretching. A towel is very useful as you can use it for other various exercises. A steady counter or wall is helpful to hold onto if doing any standing balance exercises and for stretches. A sturdy chair can also be used to hold onto, and for various sitting and sitting to standing exercises. If getting on the floor is not easy, lying down on a bed or couch can be done instead. Plenty of alternative exist. Even if you do not have anything, body weight exercises are still effective and challenging.

Setting up a space you can thrive in is very important to your well-being. Just as you want an ideal set up to be productive when working, you want to set up such a space when it comes to being productive for your body. We need to take care of our bodies, so our bodies can take care of us and get us to where we want to go.

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