Tele-health is the remote delivery of physiotherapy services through telephone or the internet. Since most of us already have access to the technology required to participate in Telehealth, we can make use of it to minimize exposure to COVID 19. From the comfort of your own home, you can have access to your physiotherapist.
How does it work?
You will need a phone, tablet or a computer with microphone, camera and connection to the internet. Once you book an appointment, you will be provided with an online link through email or text message. Clicking on the link will take you to a virtual clinic with video and audio feed from your physiotherapist. It is that simple.
Am I a suitable candidate for Telehealth?
If you are in pain from a neuromusculoskeletal condition and are not able to meet the day to day demands of your life, Telehealth offers you a means to access care that is not otherwise available due to physical distancing rules. Other conditions that could potentially be treated through Telehealth include dizziness, concussion, TMJ and pelvic health. If you are above the age of 60 and/or have other health conditions that put you in a high risk category for COVID 19, or simply wish to minimize your community exposure, you can benefit from Telehealth.
Is it safe?
The platform used by Junction Point Physical Therapy and Health Centre does not request or store any personal information. Communication between the physiotherapist and patient is end to end encrypted. No video recordings are made.
What can I expect during a session?
Your physiotherapist will ask you questions regarding your symptoms and functional limitations. You may also discuss any concerns that you have related to your Neuromusculoskeletal system. You will receive advice from your physiotherapist on how to mitigate your symptoms and improve your day to day function. You will also receive an exercise program with instructions on how to perform them. Needless to say, a hands-on physical exam is not possible in the virtual clinic. However, during this COVID 19 pandemic, Telehealth offers the best way forward by providing care while at the same time meeting physical distancing rules.