What to Wear to Physiotherapy: A Complete Guide

Physiotherapy sessions are crucial for recovery and improving overall physical health. However, what you wear to these sessions can significantly impact the effectiveness and comfort of your treatment. The health and wellness experts from Elysian are here to answer a common question that we get: “What should i wear to my physio appointment?”.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you choose the right attire for your next physiotherapy appointment.


Why Your Physiotherapy Attire Matters

The clothing you wear to physiotherapy can affect the outcome of your treatment in several ways:

  • Comfort: Comfortable clothing helps you relax and facilitates better movement during exercises and treatments.
  • Flexibility: Clothes that allow a full range of motion are essential for effective physiotherapy.
  • Safety: Appropriate attire reduces the risk of injury during physical activities and treatments.
  • Accessibility: Your clothing should allow easy access to the areas being treated without needing frequent adjustments.


Man in athletic wear getting a physio treatment


General Tips for Choosing Physiotherapy Attire

Comfortable Clothing

Wear loose, breathable clothing that does not restrict your movement. Options like athletic wear, sweatpants, and loose t-shirts are ideal.

Breathable Fabrics

Choose materials such as cotton or moisture-wicking fabrics to stay cool and dry.

Supportive Footwear

Wear athletic shoes that provide good arch support and cushioning to help maintain balance and prevent injuries.


Specific Recommendations Based on Treatment Areas

Upper Body (Shoulders, Neck, Arms):

  • Wear tank tops or sleeveless shirts to allow easy access to your upper body.
  • A supportive sports bra is recommended for women to provide stability during exercises.

Lower Body (Hips, Knees, Legs):

  • Opt for shorts or loose-fitting pants that can be easily rolled up to expose your knees and legs.
  • Athletic shoes with good support are essential, especially if you will be performing exercises that require standing or moving.

Back and Spine:

  • Wear loose pants or leggings and a comfortable shirt or tank top.
  • Ensure your clothing allows the physiotherapist easy access to your back without restricting movement.

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy:

  • Loose-fitting pants are ideal to allow for comfortable movement and easy access during exercises.


What Not to Wear

Tight or Restrictive Clothing

Such clothing can limit your range of motion and hinder effective treatment.


Generally not recommended as they can be tight and uncomfortable during physical activities.

Excessive Jewelry

Remove any jewelry that might get in the way during your session.



Need to Book a Physiotherapy Appointment in Kanata?

At Elysian Wellness Centre, our experienced physiotherapists are dedicated to providing you with the best care. Proper attire can significantly enhance your therapy experience. If you’re ready to start your journey to better health, book a physiotherapy appointment with us today!

If you have any questions about what to wear to your sessions, don’t hesitate to ask your physiotherapist for advice.


Michael McCreight, Registered Physiotherapist

Mike is an experienced and talented physiotherapist who holds a BSc in human kinetics and an MSc in physiotherapy. He doesn't believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach and is committed to providing client-centred care, tailoring each treatment plan to each patient’s unique needs and personal goals.

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