Virtual/Tele Therapy is the therapy that takes place via the phone, an app, a video chat, or even a virtual reality device. Virtual Therapy is a type of telemedicine. It includes any treatment that a person seeks through an electronic device.
Benefits of Virtual Therapy:
1. Furthers patient’s independence.
Virtual physical therapy actually encloses the core of what we do as clinicians – that is, further our patient’s independence by enabling them to self-manage their symptoms and the progression of therapeutic activities in their home environment. Exercise prescription and movement analysis is the core expertise of the physical therapists, and this can be done very effectively through telehealth.
2. Highlights how much progress can be made at home.
Patients often don’t realize how much they can achieve by following an individualized plan of care at home. A silver lining of having to stay at home is that patients see how much progress they can make and also gain confidence in their ability to advance their functionality mobility, even when they’re not in the gym with their therapist. Many patients who were first skeptical of virtual physical therapy sessions are now loving them – and the progress they are making.
3. Reduces stress and improves respiratory health.
It’s more important than ever to stay physically active during this difficult time. Moving and exercising – including physical therapy – can reduce overall stress levels, improve respiratory status and improve overall health. Don’t forget that physical activity causes the release of endorphins, which are the ‘feel good’ hormones that boost your mood and general health.
4. Helps increase the effectiveness of at-home workouts.
While patients are provided an individualized plan of care regardless of where therapy takes place, the personalized recommendations for effective at-home exercises are especially valuable while gyms are closed and as online workouts generally cater to the masses.
5. Strengthens the immune system.
Human connection strengthens the immune system, and while social distancing measures are in place, online physical therapy visits provide patients another avenue to connect with a partner who is not only supportive of their physical health but also of their general wellbeing.
6. More Privacy:
Well managed virtual therapy means that a person gets care in the privacy of their own home, without having to sit in a waiting room or interact with other clients.