What Should I Wear to Physical Therapy?

We want you to get the most out of your physical therapy!! Did you know that your clothing can affect the doctors ability to do a thorough evaluation and treatment? It can also affect your ability to perform needed exercises with comfort and proper positioning. So….We gathered the following tips from our doctors and patients to help you dress for success in physical therapy:

Proper Clothing



  • Wear something you can easily move around in. Here's a test: could you squat, do a plank or throw a ball without any problems?

  • Wear layers - you may heat up during your exercises and literally cool down when icing your injury.

If you have an upper body injury:Please make sure we can easily gain access to the area needing treatment. For example, if you are coming in for your shoulder, please wear a tank top or baggy t-shirt. It's not so easy for the therapist to work on you if you're wearing a fitted sweater. We do have medical gowns on hand if you need one.



If you have a lower body injury: Please make sure we can easily gain access to the area needing treatment. For example, if you are coming in for your knee, please wear shorts or a pair of pants that can be rolled up. Have you ever tried pushing skinny jeans up over someone's knee? We do have medical gowns and shorts on hand if you need them.



Proper Footwear

Please wear socks and sneakers. 

And here are some things NOT TO WEAR:

  • Restrictive Clothing! Have you ever tried working out in jeans or a dress?

  • Flip-Flops, Slip-Ons or Unsupportive Shoes

  • Lotion - If you apply lotion directly before your appointment, it can reduce the traction that the therapist needs for your treatment

As you can see, what you wear to therapy affects a lot more than you think! To make it as easy as possible, we do have a changing area so you can easily come to therapy before or after work. 

2013: The Year in Review


It's been an exciting year at IronPT and we feel incredibly blessed to have connected with so many people in our clinic, community and online.

As entrepreneurs, we usually go full speed ahead but the end of the year is the perfect time to pause and reflect on how far we've  come.

Here are some of the highlights of 2013:

We saw our practice double in size for the 2nd year in a row!

We were quoted twice in Runner's World Magazine and recognized locally as one of the "Best PT Clinics"  in Essex County.

runner's world magazine quotes dr. Mayes on injury prevention

runner's world magazine quotes dr. Mayes on injury prevention

We added yoga classes to keep our community in tip top shape. Only one spot left in our 6-week series starting Jan. 7!

We teamed up with Fleet Feet Montclairand Essex Running Clubto directly support our local runners

Running Tips for Fleet Feet Montclair

Running Tips for Fleet Feet Montclair

We continued to support CWC Soccer and all things Chiefs!





Hosted 1st "Iron Half Marathon" after Jersey Shore Half cancelled

Iron Physical Therapy Half Marathon

Iron Physical Therapy Half Marathon

Dr. Mayes earned certifications in Active Release Technique and Selective Functional Movement Assessment

For the first time an "Iron Team" participated in the Fitzgerald's 5K



We continued our efforts to stay connected with the many people who touch us through Facebook, Twitter, and the Blog. In case you missed them, here were the most popular blog posts in 2013

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Most importantly, we had the privilege to partner with our patients on their journey to get better and be better. They are what make this place and this work so special. Together we battled injury and setbacks and PAIN. We honor each person who walked through our doors and showed us what real courage and perseverance looks like.  

Stay tuned for another exciting year in 2014! Lots of great things on the horizon... you'll be the first to know.

Get Better. Be Better.

As all entrepreneurs know, it's hard to sum up your business angle in just a few words, but we think our slogan says it all about our hopes for you at Iron Physical Therapy.

Get Better. Be Better.℠

We hope you love it as much as we do.




"Get Better"

- You have found a place to heal as a whole person

- You will tackle physical pain and uncover mental and emotional roadblocks so you can be the very best version of yourself.

- You will "get" better. Notice this is an action verb.

- You will  grow and surpass your goals.

- You will discover new things you can accomplish like running a 5K, opening a business, or living with a positive attitude.

-  You're done chasing it, you will GET BETTER!

"Be Better"

- You will be ready to leave this "rest stop" because you're not meant to stay.

- You will be equipped (and hopefully) inspired  to go out and do amazing things...to challenge your body, to chase your dreams, to address future pain in a healthy way.

- You will be ready to enjoy physical wellness and pursue a life of excellence.


These sure sound like big promises, but we are TIRED of a cookie cutter healthcare environment that just puts a band-aid on things. We want to partner with you to dig deep so you can GET BETTER and BE BETTER.

Feel Good (and look cool) with Kinesio Tape!

You may have noticed world class athletes sporting various colors of tape on ankles, legs, shoulders and more! This is Kinesio Tape working its magic for the best of the best!

Fortunately, Kinesio Tape is also available to help those of us who are just trying to buckle a seatbelt or take a walk without wincing in pain.

What's Kinesio Tape?

  • The tape has a texture similar to that of living human tissue and the elasticity is comparable to that of a muscle.

  • The taping facilitates natural healing while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the range of motion.

The Many Uses of Kinesio Tape

Kinesio tape has an abundance of positive effects:

  • Re-educate the neuromuscular system

  • Reduce pain and inflammation

  • Relax fatigued overworked muscles

  • Optimize performance

  • Prevent injury

  • Promote improved circulation and healing

Kinesio can be used from head-to- toe to improve the following conditions:

  • carpal tunnel syndrome

  • lower back strain/pain

  • shoulder/knee conditions

  • muscular facilitation or inhibition

  • groin injury

  • whiplash

  • tennis elbow

  • plantar fasciitis

  • pre and post surgical edema

  • ankle sprains

  • nipple burn - not exactly protocol, but works great for men during a run



Who Can Use It?

Utilizing Kinesio Tape takes more than meets the eye. Certification is necessary so practitioners, including Dr. Mayes, have had hands-on training, education, and assessment.

You can buy precut tape to apply yourself, but I would use extreme caution. For instance, you might have knee pain so you apply tape there, but the problem is actually originating in your hip. It's important to have a proper evaluation and diagnosis from a medical professional before beginning any type of treatment. It also takes quite a bit of skill to effectively apply the tape.

To learn more about Kinesio Tape, I encourage you to visit their website.

Personal Testimony

This worldwide phenomenon has definitely made it's mark in our office. Here's what two staff members have to say:

"Dr. Mayes used Kinesio during treatment for my shoulder.  In my vanity, I removed the black tape before heading to a party in a strapless dress and suffered the next day!  I will forever be a fan!" - Melissa Jenkins, Manager

"I've had tape on everything from my foot to my knee and shoulder. It gave me bit of relief for each condition, but I really became an evangelist after being taped during an episode of severe neck pain. It was simple the ONLY thing that gave me relief, functionality, and sleep." - Meri Mayes, Owner IronPT

Have you had Kinesio Tape?

Do you love it as much as we do?

What Should I Bring to my First Physical Therapy Appointment?

If you've never been to physical therapy before, the process can seem a little mysterious, but the first appointment actually requires very little prepartion. What to bring to your first physical therapy appointment:

  • Prescription - Unless you have Medicare, you don't need a prescription for the first 30 days of treatment. However, if you already have a script, then certainly bring it along.

  • Clothing - If you are coming straight from work/school, then you should bring gym clothes to change into at the clinic. If your pain is in the lower body, then you should wear shorts.

  • Paperwork - To save time, we will email you paperwork before your appointment, but if you forget or don't use email, then we have plenty of copies in the clinic to fill out before your initial evaluation.

  • Insurance Card - We will need a copy of the front and back of your card to ensure proper billing.

  • MRI/X-Ray - If you have had imaging done, bring any results to your appointment.

  • Co-Pay - We will go over your insurance benefits with you before the first visit. We accept cash, check or credit card to cover your portion at the time of each visit.

  • Determination - Most of all, bring a positive attitude and determination! We know that pain can wear you down physically and emotionally, but physical therapy is YOUR time so get the most out of every minute.

Did I forget anything?

If you have ever been to PT, please leave comments to help others!