To our valued patients and clients:
As cases of Covid-19 rise in the U.S., coming to your physical therapy appointment and/or exercising in the gym can become sources of anxiety. That makes sense with the amount of information and misinformation out there. We are aware that you are concerned about shared gym equipment, shared locker rooms, and shared space. This is especially important for our high risk personal training clients and physical therapy patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the people at elevated risk of serious illness are “older adults”’ as well as anyone with an underlying chronic illness such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes. We have a few thoughts for you to consider when making a decision about coming into the clinic.
Your safety is always our first priority. As stated before, we have trained our staff and are applying additional hygiene and repetitive cleaning practices to ensure our clinic remains community safe.
- Non latex medical gloves are available at the front desk, if you’d like to wear them while you’re in the clinic.
- If you have concerns with signing in, please contact the Receptionist and they can sign you in.
For our wellness members, it is extremely important to continue good self-care, including regular exercise. Keeping up with your normal workouts is extremely helpful in mitigating stress. Also, exercise keeps the body and immune system primed and ready to fight infection.
For our physical therapy patients, it is important to continue your progress toward your rehabilitation goals. Discontinuing your treatment at this time could result in increased pain, loss of progress, increased symptoms, and loss of function. Being your healthiest and safest self is a key component in disease prevention.
We understand that social distancing can effectively slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. With this knowledge and to better serve you during this time, we suggest the following options:
- Avoid peak gym hours
- Plan your gym visit at a time when you know it is less crowded.
- Limit physical touch, like handshakes or high-fives.
- Use best prevention practices
- Wash your hands properly when you arrive and when you leave.
- Bring your own personal sanitizing wipes (or use the ones we provide that meet the EPA standards for the coronavirus) to clean equipment before and after use.
- Call upon arrival
- We can open the back door and bring you straight to a private newly sanitized room for your physical therapy appointment.
- For personal training clients, we can accommodate your workout within one of the treatment rooms.
- Consider “tele-rehabilitation”
- In a lot of cases, balance exercises, strength, muscle control, and flexibility improvements can be addressed with screen sharing technology.
- Safely work with your clinician one-on-one in your home through tele-health.
- Some insurances may cover the cost; for others, it will be a cash based option.
As things develop, we will continue tracking updates from the CDC and will adjust our policies and procedures as needed. As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have and can be reached at 301-948-4395 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.