Tips for Maximizing Your Physical Therapy Sessions

Sport & Spine patient doing her home exercise program (HEP) and following the guidance from her physical therapist.

Ready to get the most out of your physical therapy sessions?

Whether you’re just beginning your physical therapy journey or have been diligently attending sessions for a while, there are ways to amplify the benefits of each session with your physical therapist for longevity.

At Sport & Spine, we recognize the importance of optimizing your physical therapy experience to achieve lasting results. That’s why we’ve compiled a set of essential tips to empower you on your PT journey. By blending dedication, mindfulness, and strategic approaches, you can unlock your full potential and derive maximum benefit from every session.

Here are some easy-to-follow tips to help you make the most out of your physical therapy journey:


You must be an active participant in your care to succeed! Physical therapy is not just massage and stretching. Long-term progress requires patients to engage in their treatment and put in the effort to get better.  You must challenge yourself to work through pain and fatigue, as well as focus on your exercises so that you improve your motor control (mind-muscle connection).


You will only spend a few hours. max, each week at PT.  This means what you do when you are NOT at physical therapy will have a large impact on how well you progress.  You may be encouraged to modify your workstation, perform a regular mobility routine, or adjust your postural habits. Commit to doing your home exercise program as instructed and ask questions if you need clarity. Use your treatment as an opportunity to learn about your condition so that you understand why you are asked to make lifestyle changes.


Pain and injuries often develop over months or years. Poor habits that contribute to pain cannot be reversed in a matter of weeks.  Attend your sessions consistently to avoid long lapses in care.  This makes it difficult to achieve carry-over in progress or identify variables that contribute to changes in symptoms.  Remind yourself that change takes consistent effort and time.  Each diagnosis is different, but if you do not feel progress after about 3-weeks of consistent treatment, communicate this with your PT.


Tips for maximizing your results in physical therapy

Your therapist is an expert in their field and has designed a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. It is important to follow their instructions carefully and do the exercises they prescribe as often as they recommend.  Do not make changes to your exercises without your PT’s approval!  Small changes can have drastically different results and there is a reason your PT issues exercises a certain way.


Before starting physical therapy, take some time to think about what you want to achieve. Discuss your goals with your therapist and make sure they are specific, measurable, and realistic. This will help you stay motivated and focused throughout the process.  Your goals should start small in order to help you stay motivated.


By incorporating these straightforward tips into your physical therapy routine, you can maximize the benefits of each session and propel yourself towards a healthier, more active lifestyle. Stay tuned for more insights and guidance on your journey to wellness and click here to request an appointment.