What’s the Difference Between TELEHEALTH Physio and Traditional Physio?
So, how can your physiotherapist help you if they’re sitting on the other side of a computer screen rather than being in the same room with you?
It turns out, your physio can do tonnes for you via a telehealth visit, see below for more:
Most of the assessments that we physiotherapists need to do, involve watching how you move… lifting your arms, squatting down, bending forwards. These are actually the most important parts of our assessment – often called functional testing, and they are all still possible during a telehealth session. We can also instruct you how to perform some of the other resisted strength testing and special orthopedic tests yourself and then analyze the results. So, the majority of our assessment is still possible!
2. Explaining your Diagnosis / Devising a Treatment Plan
After performing our virtual assessment, we can then explain what structures are likely causing your pain and limited movement – just like we always do in a traditional appointment. We can also then work with you to help devise an appropriate treatment plan.
3. Reviewing & Progressing your Exercise Plan:
We can re-assess all of your previous exercises and help you progress them. To aid in this regard, we have started using an amazing new exercise prescription software, called Physitrack. This program has excellent videos, instructions, tracking tools, and even an app that you can download on your phone. To learn more about this great FREE program check out our latest blog on it (CLICK Here)
4. Teaching you Self Mobilization and Massage Techniques:
Ever used a lacrosse ball before? These can be used to help release trigger points in tight muscles. Your physiotherapist can show you (or even your partner) exactly where and how hard to press to relieve these tight, tender areas. Don’t have a lacrosse ball? No worries, you can use your hands or sometimes even other items. We can also help you use towels, bands, and belts to achieve similar ways to help mobilize stiff joints in your neck, ankle, hips, and many other joints. These are often referred to as “Mulligan” mobilizations, named after the originator of them, Brian Mulligan. You can learn more about them here: https://www.bmulligan.com/about-us/founders-profile-history/
5. Paying, Booking, and Attending Your Visit:
- In an effort to help reduce financial barriers with attending physiotherapy sessions, we will be offering direct billing with some extended health plans, WorkSafe BC, and ICBC. However, we will require a credit card on file in case there is any balance outstanding.
- You can book in a variety of ways!
– You can also easily book online just like our other appointments.
– If you would prefer to book by calling someone then don’t hesitate to call our Duncan clinic at 250-856-0531 or our Cobble Hill clinic at 250-743-3833. Please leave a voicemail with your name and number if your call is not answered and our customer care team will get back to you shortly.
– You can also inquire about bookings by e-mailing email@example.comAfter your appointment is booked, you will get an e-mail with a link to a secure video conference using our awesome software, Jane App. All you’ll need is…1) a laptop with a webcam, AND2) a stable internet connectionThen, you can enjoy the appointment from the comfort of your own HOME!
CLICK HERE to book your TELEHEALTH Physiotherapy session TODAY!
Registered Physiotherapist, Co-Owner of Thrive Now Physiotherapy