Online physiotherapy is ideal if you need flexible physiotherapy sessions that can fit around your schedule.
At Vala Health, we’ve seen a growing demand for online physiotherapy in recent months. Online physiotherapy is ideal for managing your physical health safely during the Covid-19 lockdown, and can also be very useful if you need flexible physiotherapy sessions that can fit around your work/home life schedule.
Which is why we’re partnered with Therapy Direct, one of the UKs leading physiotherapy providers to offer you on-demand physio right from the Vala platform.
Read on to find out more about online physiotherapy, how it works and what to expect.
What is online Physiotherapy?
If you suffer from acute or chronic pain anywhere in your body, or you have an injury that requires ongoing management, physiotherapy can help. Physiotherapy is also ideal as a proactive measure to prevent any injuries, strain or pain in the future.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, many physiotherapy practices have been forced to close their doors to patients to keep them safe. However, the good news is that it’s possible to conduct an online physiotherapy session instead! As the name suggests, this form of physiotherapy takes place online, usually via a video chat or over the telephone. You may find you have need of a physiotherapist to help you assess your at home workstation, or to help manage pain you have developed from a change in environment or routine.
How do I book an online Physiotherapy appointment?
With Vala Health, you can sign up and book an online physiotherapy session on the day you need it. You simply register on the website, select a date and time that suit you (same day sessions are available) and book your appointment.
You’ll receive a confirmation email that includes details of exactly what you need to do to join your appointment. It’s very easy and you don’t need to be technically minded - you’ll receive clear instructions and can ask for help if you have any problems.
What to expect at your online Physiotherapy appointment
For video consultations, you can follow the joining instructions you’ve received via email. If you’ve chosen a telephone appointment, your physiotherapist will call you at the agreed time.
You can join a video consultation from a mobile phone, computer or tablet and we’d suggest you find a comfortable place to sit. Try to avoid holding your phone, laptop or tablet for the duration of the call as this can cause muscle strain. It’s best to rest your device on a table, desk or counter top so you can stay comfortable and move around if you need to.
To begin, your physiotherapist will review your medical History and ask about any past or present injuries, or pain and symptoms you may be experiencing. At this point, they can demonstrate any exercises you need to do and answer any questions you have.
Your appointment will last up to thirty minutes, so you’ll be able to relax and take your time as you discuss your health.
Our expert physiotherapists are on hand to support with:
- Workstation assessments
- Chronic pain
- Back pain including headaches, sciatica and neck pain
- Sport injuries
- Joint pain
- New mother physio (arm, shoulder, elbow)
- Focused training for returning to the gym
- Core strengthening
- PLUS more
What happens after your appointment?
Once you’ve discussed your medical picture, your physiotherapist will suggest a follow up or course of action with you.
They’ll arrange for you to receive a prescription or referral to a specialist if necessary. Then, they will put together a support plan, including suggestions on how to look after your physical health and any exercises you need to do.
It’s important that you follow the physiotherapist’s advice for the best chance of a swift and effective recovery!
Do you need an online physiotherapy appointment?
If you need an online physiotherapy appointment, you can register and book your session on the same day. Simply add your details, select a time and date that suits you and your chosen method of communication; either via video or over the phone. Make sure you select ‘Physiotherapy’ from the drop-down list of options.
Or, if you need help or further information about online physiotherapy appointments, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.