23 March, 2020
I know this one is hard to picture, isn't it?
Yes - we can't do any hands on work via telehealth consultations. However, we can help in many ways.
What does Telehealth Chiropractic involve?
Really it's the same process as your usual face to face Chiropractic consultations.
1. Learn about you.
2. Set & implement a plan.
3. Review & update plan.
The obvious difference is the way we assess and treat you is completely hands off.
What can I expect from an Online Chiropractic Consultation?
|Chat||Check in how things are going. What's making your pain better or worse? Is the pain radiating down your leg? Are you getting fuzzy feelings in your head or through your body?|
|Assessment||Look left and right. Bend and touch your toes (or maybe not quite that far). Squat. Push up. Watching your posture and movement gives us key insights into how your body is functioning and what muscles & joints are tight, weak or uncoordinated.|
|Results Review||If you have any xrays, MRIs or other tests, we'll check these out and explain exactly what they mean to you. Not in scary medical jargon either. If you don't have scans but you need them, we'll write you the referral and send it to you.|
|Guided Self-Treatment||Now that we know what's going on (as best we can without touching you), we can start treatment. We'll guide you to perform stretches and home massage techniques on the muscles that need the work.|
|Rehabilitation Plan||Your home exercise plan will be shown to you. We'll get you to perform the exercises in front of the camera so that we can correct your form.|
|Lifestyle Advice||Ice or heat? Can you go for a run? We'll let you know practical steps you can take to get out of pain. This may include basic nutrition advice, stress reduction techniques, sleep tips and ways to exercise.|
See there's still lots that can be done!
- Assessment & approximate diagnosis
- Advice to set up ergonomic home work station
- Rehabilitation plan
- Pain science education
- Learn how to tape your injury
- Activities to avoid or modify
- Lifestyle advice such as exercise, sleep, stress & basic nutrition advice
- Supplement prescription
What do I need to prepare for the consultation?
Like you usually would, please wear comfortable clothes. We don't care if your hair is brushed and how you look but if your jeans are too tight that you can't move, it'll be hard to assess you.
Make sure your camera is working so that we can see you. If you have a leg or foot injury, use your phone or tablet so that the device can be moved around to see where your injury is.
Find a well lit space.
Find out more details here.
I don't have scans, do I need to?
No. Not everyone needs scans. If you have them, great - we'll look at them.
If you don't but we think it's important, we'll write you a referral. Depending on the scan, these may be covered by Medicare.
What can Telehealth Chiropractic help with?
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Back pain and stiffness
- Sciatic pain
- Sports injuries
- Pregnancy aches and pains
Is there any research?
Yes. In fact a high quality article stated that online rehabilitation consultations is comparable to traditional face to face appointments (Cottrell et al. 2016)!
So you shouldn't feel like you are missing out.
How Chiropractic telehealth appointments work?
Book your appointment - make sure it's a Telehealth appointment.
We'll send you a link.
Easy. More details can be found here, including on payments and how to get any (if any) required rehab equipment.
Similar articles you'll enjoy:
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- Cottrell MA, Galea OA et al (2016). Real-time telerehabilitation for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions is effective and comparable to standard practice: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation. Volume: 31 issue: 5, page(s): 625-638.
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