When someone visits a physical therapist for a pinched nerve, sports-related injury, or intense physical rehabilitation, the last thing on their minds is the color of the walls or the placement of chairs.
But, the design of a physical therapy office is more important than they realize.
As a physical therapist moving to a new space, how much thought have you given to the design of your office?
Here are 5 things to consider when designing and planning the layout of your physical therapy office.
You need to maximize your office’s space without compromising on your vision for the final design.
Measure your physical therapy furniture, desk, wall-mounted equipment, as well as the space you need surrounding each object. Ideally, you want at least three feet of space around your therapy table.
If your treatment style involves floor exercises, don’t forget to include that in your measuring!
Next, keep in mind your storage solutions for smaller pieces of equipment such as weights, anti-slip positioning bolsters, or footstools.
If you’re in the market for new equipment to fill the leftover space in your office, take a look at Hausmann for storage solutions, equipment, and high-quality healthcare tables to fit into your space.
Are You Catering To A Niche Market?
Your office is a physical reflection of your practice as a physical therapist.
But, when choosing your office color scheme and design aesthetic, you need to keep in mind the patients you’ve marketed to. Find a balance between what they want to see and what you feel is effective and genuine.
Although regular office floors are seldom touched by more than shoes and the occasional coffee spill, your floor is a different story entirely!
Most physical therapy clinics use any of the three following floor types.
Rubber flooring is used in most gyms because of its slip-resistant, easy-to-clean nature. It has enough cushioning for your patients to perform exercises and stretches on the floor without hurting their joints.
The quality and durability depend on its thickness, density, and color.
Lower priced options include square pieces that lock together like a puzzle and can be self-installed. These can’t be glued down though, so they may move around and deteriorate quickly.
If you’re going for longevity, have a roll of dense rubber professionally installed and glued down.
Carpeting with a level low pile can cushion falls and provide a good amount of soundproofing. This is essential if your office is right next to a violin instructor or a busy road.
The downsides to this option include difficulty cleaning and the potential for carpet burn…
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
A luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is easy to clean and extremely affordable when you take into account its durability.
This durability makes it a hard surface to work on. If you often make use of floor exercises and stretches, make sure you have floor mats for your patients to use.
Equipment And Layout
When planning the layout, start with the big things: your physical therapy tables, your desk, and storage for your smaller pieces of equipment.
Make sure none of the big things block doorways or windows. Having to shimmy through a tiny space before getting treated for a painful neck might not be your patient’s idea of fun, and natural light is good for you.
Flow Of Treatment
Sometimes, too much space can paralyze your design process! If you’re feeling stumped about the layout, think about how your patients will move through the room during an appointment.
If you first sit face-to-face at a doctor’s table for a consultation, make sure your desk is closest to the door.
If you start with table therapy and then walk them through exercises on the floor, the table should come next!
When the flow of the room matches the flow of treatment, the design as a whole feels organic.
Design The Physical Therapy Office Of Your Dreams
As a physical therapist, your patients’ well-being is your highest priority. Working with them to heal, recover, and restore their bodies is only made easier in a functional and aesthetically pleasing space.
Now that you’ve worked through these initial considerations, you can get started on creating the physical therapy office you’ve dreamed of!
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