This has proved to be an extremely challenging time for everyone. I don’t think there is anyone who has not been directly affected by the impact that the Coronavirus is having. Certainly, from what I am seeing there are a lot of great things happening too, from NHS and Frontline Key Workers who are doing an amazing job at keeping us all as safe and healthy as we can to communities pulling together and helping those who are vulnerable and having to self-isolate.
It has also shown me the great benefit that technology is able to bring to our lives. We have seen a huge upsurge in the use of online video chat software, allowing us to keep in touch ‘face-to-face’, so to speak, despite not being able to meet in person.
I have certainly been amazed at how video consultations have helped me stay in contact with many of my clients. Providing much-needed support, advice, and active rehab to people helping keep them active and independent in their own homes despite the challenges of social distancing and self-isolation.
My clients have been an absolute inspiration to me during this difficult time. Showing me just how much they value their health and independence and doing their absolute best to keep active the right way. I have clients in their 80’s who have never even touched a tablet before (or even been interested in them) who are using the video chat to keep in touch with family and friends. They are also using the same programs to allow us to do video consultations together, allowing us to keep them on-track with getting their independence back.
I will say this about online video appointments, I honestly had no idea just how much we can accomplish in the treatment sessions. I must admit, I am a die-hard face-to-face physiotherapist, and even I am impressed with how we can adapt what we do to help keep people progressing with their rehab.
If you would like to find out more about how we can help keep you active and independent in your own home despite having problems with your balance and falls.
Or you want to continue your recovery after a stroke and continue to get your walking better or get better at using your hand.
Or you are living with Parkinson’s Disease and want to get started with a home exercise program based on the PD Warrior Principles
I truly hope that you all stay safe and healthy.