Virtual Physiotherapy. What is it?
What is a virtual physiotherapy appointment like?
Enjoy a comprehensive physiotherapy session from the comfort of your home. A virtual appointment allows you to connect with a physiotherapist through a video chat. Typically during an in-clinic appointment, the key components to physiotherapy is to:
1) Diagnosis your injury
2) Determine your treatment goals
3) Execute a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your goals
These are still the key components of a virtual physiotherapy appointment. During your appointment you can speak to your physiotherapist about your injury. Your therapist will ask you detailed questions about how you are feeling and help you set goals for your treatment so you and your therapist can be on the same page. The advantage of a virtual appointment is that your physiotherapist can have an "inside look" of your home. They can assess your work station, home gym, footwear, etc., which can be the root cause of your injury.
Your physiotherapist will ask you to do movements and assess your mobility, just as they would if you were in the office. With this information your physiotherapist will be able to accurately diagnosis your injury. By focusing on your goals, your physiotherapist will design a customized rehabilitation plan. Your rehabilitation plan may often comprise of mobility stretches, strengthening exercises, and soft tissue release exercises using a foam roller or lacrosse ball. The program will take about 10- 15 minutes to do daily.
What do I need during a virtual physiotherapy appointment?
Set up your physiotherapy appointment in a quiet private space so you can focus your time with your physiotherapist. Make sure the room is large enough so you can move freely to exercise. If you have exercise equipment like resistance bands, weights, or a foam roller have them ready. If you don’t, your physiotherapists can work with you and use things you have around your house as exercises equipment. For example soup cans or a jug of laundry detergent can be used as a weight.
Place a yoga mat or towel on the floor so you can do floor exercises with your therapist. Make sure your electronic device is calibrated with the tele conferencing software. On your electronic device, allow the teleconference software to have access to your camera and microphone.
Are virtual physiotherapy appointments covered by insurance?
Yes, most major insurance companies understand the value of virtual physiotherapy and are covering these appointments. Some of these companies include: Sunlife, Manulife, Greenshield, Blue Cross, Johnson Group inc. Also, you are not limited to choose a physiotherapy clinic in your area. If you live in Ontario, your insurer will cover a virtual appointment with any physiotherapy clinic in Ontario. If you are unsure if your insurance covers online physiotherapy appointments call them directly.
A virtual physiotherapy appointment is very effective at treating new or old injuries. Connect with a physiotherapist online and they can help you set your goals, develop a personalized treatment plan, so you can start feeling better today!