If somebody told me a year ago that I would be working from home, during a lockdown, doing virtual Physiotherapy sessions for a usually face to face and manual therapy focused practice I would have laughed at them. However, as with all things in life, nothing is permanent and the time had come to challenge my normal, to be one of the main characters in the new quarantine-based “reality show” – Rodger Duckworth Virtual Physiotherapy.
As frightening and tedious as it first sounded, being in front of the screen and staring at that camera’s red light, it went much better than I ever expected. I have to admit knowing that Rodger had already been doing online Physio gave me hope and strength to do my best too. I’m quite grateful and pleased that I was able to get in contact with so many patients (with my colleague Rachel’s unimaginable help), even in unprecedented times like these.
I would also like to thank every one of my patients for their continued understanding and belief in Physiotherapy, considering all the stress and confusion we’ve all been through recently. I am glad to say that I had very good results with the people I worked with online, as challenging as seeing someone through ZOOM was. I also think that we had a smooth transition returning from online back to face-to-face sessions, which was rather surprising.
As many would agree, I believe face to face human contact cannot truly be replaced by a virtual session so let’s hope that this interesting and challenging experience will remain as a thing from the past for many years to come. Although, the way I see it being prepared, having a plan, and not being afraid to adapt and improvise will do wonders even if we are just talking about Physio.