Are you looking to continue your rehabilitative treatment while practicing physical distancing and self-isolating?
Good news! pt Health now offers virtual physiotherapy, giving you the opportunity to receive treatment from the comfort of your own home through video conference technology.
Wondering how virtual physiotherapy works? In this Spotlight, we’ll share some first hand information from one of our physiotherapists with you.
Catherine Milne-Gibson, Physiotherapist at ProActive Physiotherapy – pt Health has been offering virtual physiotherapy here for the past few weeks.
Today, we’re talking to Catherine about her experience with this service so far.
Q: Tell us about the type of treatments you can provide through virtual physiotherapy.
A: Treatment is focused on exercise and advice, which is typically the same focus as most in-person treatments based on my treatment style. Exercise and patient education have the most scientific evidence for long-term success and goal achievement, and empower the client to be an active participant in their rehabilitation experience. Those who would continue to benefit from modalities, massage, or mobilizations (hands-on manual therapy) are being taught, where appropriate, self-application of home TENS, self-massage, and self-mobilization techniques.
Q: What has the patient experience been like with virtual care?
A: Patients have been saying that they are happy to continue to progress in their treatment plan and achieve their goals through one-on-one virtual physiotherapy. Often it’s the exercises, coaching, encouragement, and recommendations that ultimately result in the best outcomes for clients.
Initially, some clients were intimidated by the use of technology. However, the vast majority have been successful with more ease than anticipated, especially when I send them a personalized instruction email and talk them through the first connection to virtual care with a phone call.