The arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc with economies all over the world and we turned to digital solutions, especially for business communication, as this eliminates human contact. Many business sectors made the switch to virtual consultations using VoIP platforms such as Skype and Zoom and that includes physios:
What is Telehealth?
Telehealth is the delivery of medical services via the Internet, which includes GP consultations, mental health counselling and physio treatment. If you’re looking for a Bella Vista Physio, there is a leading practice that offers online consultations. The health professional interacts with the patient as they would in a regular appointment, asking questions and gathering data, then he or she recommends exercises and can monitor the patient carrying out the routine, advising when necessary. A short video conference would result in you having a routine created by a physio, giving you full instructions and with regular sessions, your condition will improve.
This is a common problem for athletes and regular folk alike; the physio can work with you to promote rapid healing with a structured approach and during the video call, the physio can see how you are doing. This eliminates human contact and helps to stop the spread of Covid-19, plus it is super-convenient for the patient, who doesn’t have to leave the safety of the home.
Improving Sport Performance
This is another important aspect of being a professional athlete, something the sports pro leaves to the physio, who can recommend routines to strengthen the body and give you that little bit more in terms of performance. A few sessions will give you the knowledge you need to push yourself to the limit and your performance will improve. If you would like abs of steel, check out this insane routine.
Traditionally, you would look for a local physio when requiring treatment, but if the physio is delivering their services in a virtual setting, then it doesn’t matter where they are located. Real-time video makes it possible for full interaction, just like when you visit the physio’s clinic and if your local physio is fully booked or closed, you can select a clinic that is located elsewhere.
How Does a Virtual Consultation Work?
The receptionist would confirm the time and date of the consultation and you would be given instructions on how to download and use the VoIP software (likely to be Zoom). Once downloaded, you can make a practice call with a friend and set up your webcam and mic. When you are connected to the Internet, you will receive an email inviting you to the virtual meeting with the physio and you are good to go. You simply paste the code into the Zoom window and you are taken to the private connection with your physio.
Many physios offer a free introductory call which enables you to explain the reasons for having treatment and with a few questions and answers, the physio would be able to recommend a program. Prior to travelling, you should check the current Covid-19 situation, as things can change very quickly.
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