Frequently Asked Questions About Our Physical Therapy
Is physical therapy right for my problem?
This is the most common question we hear! Luckily, it’s the easiest one to answer: if you’re in pain due to any of the following problems, then YES, physical therapy is right for you and we know exactly how to help:
Does physical therapy hurt?
Great question! It’s true that PT is a very physical experience, and as such treatments can often be a little uncomfortable sometimes, but we will always aim to be as gentle as possible and cause minimal discomfort. Before we use any techniques, we will tell you exactly what is about to happen, whether or not it is likely to hurt, and for how long.
Pain is an unavoidable part of physical therapy—BUT, most patients agree that it’s a good kind of pain, like the stretch or muscle burn that one would feel during an intense workout. The discomfort usually reduces as treatment progresses, and we can always recommend things like ice and heat to help reduce the soreness that might be caused by the treatment!
What injuries do you treat?
Here is a list of the common injuries that we see:
Neck / Shoulder
Ankle and Knee
Sports Injury / Muscles
Any Injury Requiring Massage
If your injury isn’t on the list, that doesn’t mean we don’t treat it—it just means you’re a rare case! We’d love to meet with you and talk about your situation.
How will physical therapy help my injury?
Physical therapy is as much about the physical as it is about giving you peace of mind. Your physical therapist will aim to reduce your pain and get you active again, but we will ALSO speak to you in a simple way that will give you a clear understanding of your injury—what it is, how it happened, how to fix it, and how to prevent it from happening again!
If you can find your injury or problem on the list above, we’re extremely confident that physical therapy will help—so confident that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee! If you are not 100% satisfied with your treatment, we will personally refund everything you spent with us.
Do I need a referral?
Florida currently allows direct access to outpatient physical therapy services for up to 30 days without a physician referral. That means you can schedule an appointment and begin seeing and feeling physical improvements immediately, without a formal referral! Should your treatment take longer than 30 consecutive calendar days, you can get a referral for "Physical Therapy" from a medical professional (MD, DO, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Dentist, Podiatrist, or Chiropractor).
What should I wear?
To make your experience as comfortable as possible, please bear in mind the location of your injured body part. For example if you have a knee injury, shorts would be ideal. Or if you're suffering a shoulder injury, consider a looser shirt.
Your physical therapist will always aim to remove as little clothing as possible, and we will always respect your privacy if removing an article of clothing makes you uncomfortable. Occasionally patients will ask us if it would be easier or more convenient for us to provide treatment if an item be removed completely. You are free to make this decision.
Can I bring someone with me?
No problem! You do not need to inform us of this decision in advance. If you are accompanied by a friend or family member, we will ask if you would like them to join you in the treatment room during your session. Alternatively, they can wait in reception if you prefer—there’s coffee, chocolate, and a television to keep them occupied.
How often will I need treatment?
That answer is always dependent upon the nature of your injury. Our aim is to return you to full fitness as quickly and as safely as possible. Your physical therapist will be in a better position to answer this after your initial evaluation. An acute/early phase injury may require one or two visits in a short period of time. On the other hand, a more chronic injury such as an arthritic knee problem may require more visits in order to progress an exercise programme to help you self-manage your injury. Either way, we’ll have a clearer answer for you after a Discovery visit and initial evaluation!
Frequently Asked Questions About Wellness
What will in-person training provide me?
The in-person training will allow you to have an initial consultation with a certified personal trainer. Then your trainer will meet you at your regular training facility, teach you how to use the machines, proper technique for exercises, and provide a daily workout routine. The in-person training will allow for DAILY check ins for accountability.
What if I am a Virtual Personal Training Client?
If you are a virtual personal training client, you will have an initial consultation with a certified personal trainer to discuss your requests and concerns. Your personal trainer will get an idea of your fitness facility or at home exercise equipment (or none of the above) in order to develop a personalized exercise routine. You will receive personalized daily workouts. Personal Training clients will receive DAILY accountability check-ins.
What will PA-Fit Provide me?
How often are the workouts?
Am I held Accountable?
Yes! All Members (PA-Fit or Personal Training) will have daily check-ins from the exercise experts!
What happens after the first 6 weeks?
After you complete PA-Fit you will have the knowledge base to continue your own workout program or to join the Personal Training team.
Is there a meal plan?
Berman Health and Wellness does not offer a specific meal plan, though PA-Fit does offer nutritional tips for your workout needs. You can discuss basic nutritional questions with your personal trainer.
Do I need equipment for PA-Fit?
PA-Fit does not require equipment. Just a small empty space to complete exercises.
Do I need a fitness center?
You do not need a fitness center but can absolutely use one! PA-Fit is designed to be done at your inconvenience and where YOU are comfortable! The personal training workouts will be personalized to your fitness facility (at a gym or at your home).
Can I do this with orthopedic limitations?
Absolutely!! PA-Fit teaches all individuals how to perform exercises with specific limitations and also gives alternative options to exercises. Members of Personal Training will be able to discuss their specific limitations with their trainer at the initial consultation. If you ever have any questions, you can contact the trainer for more help!
How do I get started?
Click the Register Now button above!
Will I “Bulk Up”?
“Bulking up” or gaining muscle mass depends on several factors including genes, your specific type of muscle fibers, your meal plan, and the amount of weight you are lifting. This exercise program is not designed to cause “bulking” as we are recommending body weight or low weight exercises with proper technique, various speeds, and various repetitions. This is designed for toning and fat loss.
How much fat will I lose?
Individuals following a proper meal plan and participating in PA-Fit or Personal Training have reported a 1-2 pound fat mass loss per week. This is considered healthy, maintainable weight loss.
Can I talk with the trainer?
Absolutely! The trainer is available before, during, and after you commit to the PA-Fit or Personal Training Family!
Can I watch PA-Fit on an iPad, TV, or iPhone?
You can watch PA-Fit on any device at the comfort of your own home and at your convenience.
Is there a contract?
There is a one time purchase for PA-Fit without any other contracts or commitments. Personal Training will require an Initial Fee and then a weekly fee for daily exercise programs, but there is no long term contract or commitment.
What is my target heart rate?
The target heart rate is personalized to each individual. For further information about this, please contact your trainer or medical health provider. There is a specific Fat Burning zone for heart rate.
Do I have to take supplements?
You are not advised to take supplements, though supplements will be discussed throughout PA-Fit. Each individual should contact their Medical Provider prior to starting any supplements discussed.
Will I be taught how to exercise?
Yes! PA-Fit teaches you how to do each and every exercise completed during the workouts! If you are a part of the Personal Training Family, your personal trainer will discuss proper techniques for exercises.
What skill level is this for?
This is for ALL people. All exercises can be altered to fit your needs.
How long are the exercises?
Each workout is approximately 30-45 minutes depending on the day.