It’s common for any new approach to access healthcare to be met with apprehension, be it diagnosis, getting a prescription, or doing a follow-up. The same is true when we are asked to access Physical Therapy virtually. Though many of us have adopted this medium of coping with chronic pain, some of us are still ambiguous about its reliability and efficacy over the conventional method.
What’s holding us back from adopting it?
Virtual Physical therapy usually entails an intensive exercise program that includes at-home exercise sessions that can extend up to weeks. One has to maintain self-discipline and be consistent to achieve the desired outcomes — that is the same as from in-person physical therapy.
It demands a strong will, utter confidence, and a positive attitude from the user to remain committed and sustain adherence to the entire process. Some of the questions that come in our way of being self-disciplined about it are:
- Can virtual Physical Therapy possibly work as well as in-person Physical therapy?
- Is the program authorized and supervised under a licensed Physiotherapist?
- Does the user get regular feedback on performance and progress?
- Is this program a combination of education and coaching?
How can we benefit from virtual physical therapy?
There are some unique benefits of accessing physical therapy virtually, such as:
- The patient can meet with their Therapist more often.
- The patient will have a library of exercises that they can access anytime, instead of relying on a sheet of paper and their memory.
- The patient can record their workouts and send them to their Physiotherapist for feedback on posture.
- It also gives the patients a sense of control over their process of recovery and pain management.
While virtual therapy is not a substitute for conventional physical therapy, when combined with in-person visits, one can really expedite the process of reducing and managing chronic pain.