How to buy the right exercise therapy equipment for your practice
Exercise therapy can be beneficial in both the prevention and treatment of various health conditions and its incorporation into healthcare practices is recommended for patient health outcomes.
However, with the wide range of exercise therapy equipment available, it can be difficult to know which gear is the most valuable for you and your patients. This guide is designed to help you select the right equipment to advance your healthcare service.
Consider Your Patients
Each practice is unique and has a varied patient base with specific needs. As a result, the demand for exercise therapy equipment by the patients in your healthcare practice is likely to differ.
The key is to consider your patients and the unique needs that your staff and patients have. The ideal equipment to buy are the pieces that will service multiple uses for several different patients. For this reason, it is prudent to make a list of the items needed for patients you have worked with recently, perhaps in a six-month timeframe, to gain a sound understanding of your most prominent needs.
When you are clear about what type of equipment would best serve your patients, the next step is to research the options that are available. There is a wide range of equipment for you to choose from, including:
- Ultrasound devices: to be utilised in the therapeutic management of tightness, sprains, strains or other injuries to the tendons, ligaments and joints.
- Isokinetic devices: to build and recover strength and flexibility in rehabilitation therapy after an accident or other trauma.
- Electrical muscle stimulation: to promote the regeneration of muscle following a severe muscular injury and improve tone and strength.
- Exercise bike: a versatile piece that can aid in the therapy of the feet, legs and ankles to build strength and stamina.
- Exercise ball: an invaluable piece that can help to improve flexibility, balance and coordination
Evaluate the Benefits
Finally, it is important to be clear about the benefits of buying specific exercise therapy equipment and aware of how they balance against the cost of the equipment.
In some cases, the purchase of equipment only used on rare occasions can still be worthwhile if it provides an irreplaceable benefit to the rehabilitation of a patient.
The final decision about which equipment is right for you to buy depends on the specific situation in your practice. It is up to you to evaluate your needs and balance the benefits against the cost of purchasing the right exercise therapy equipment.