Truth be told if you asked me to perform physiotherapy through a computer monitor a few months ago, I’d say no way. I am a manual therapist and need my hands, or so I thought. However, as social distancing didn’t allow for traditional in person visits, I had to adapt.
Physiotherapy is a health care profession directed at assisting people to restore, maintain and maximize their movement, strength, function, and overall well-being. It includes rehabilitation, as well as prevention of injury, and promotion of health and fitness. Everything in this definition can be done online! We can still offer the same expertise in musculoskeletal injuries as we did in person.
With my first telerehabilitation appointment, I knew there was value in it and with each session after that I became more creative. I discovered I could visually assess people’s joints by having them stand a little further away from the camera, measure range of motion with a goniometer (a measuring tool we use) right on the screen, and sometimes use a spouse to perform a technique that I verbally instructed. Specific words and clear instruction become even more important with online visits.
What are the benefits? Several, but I usually like to keep my tips and exercises to 3 things to help people remember so here’s my top 3.
Don't get me wrong, I am looking forward to seeing you in person and using manual techniques, IMS and splinting once again. But as businesses slowly begin to re-open, you may have some concerns about venturing out so we are creating a hybrid model at Empower Physiotherapy to meet your needs. We have already thought of a social distancing system, personal protection equipment needs, and cleaning/disinfecting regimen to ensure your safety, and we will be continuing our Telerehabilitation services. As always, we are here to help you keep moving.
Written by Linda Maedel
Registered Physiotherapist, Certified Hand Therapist