Posted by Leigh MacKenzie, April 07, 2014
If you have ever been to a therapy session with a physiotherapist, they usually assign a home exercise program. A physiotherapist creates home exercise programs specifically for each individual patient given their specific injuries and limitations. The home exercise program is a way for patients to take an active approach to healing in order to decrease the amount of time spent in clinic with a therapist, and to increase the recovery process.
However, physiotherapists have recognized some barriers to the HEP:
- Patients not taking ownership of a realistic treatment plan.
- Motivation issues due to pain.
- Communication issues between the therapist and patient.
- The HEP being unrealistic.
- Non-adherence due to other commitments or pain and ambiguity of exercises.
- Ignoring advice and shedding ownership by the patients.
Better access to home exercise programs that specializes in all types of rehabilitation through technology is offer by company called PhysioTec. Patients access online exercises anytime, anywhere, and motivates them to adhere to the program. In 1993, PhysioTec was founded by a physical therapist who wanted to improve her patients’ rehabilitation with images that would better illustrate the exercises she prescribed. Overtime and a few acquisitions later, PhysioTech is now the leader in producing home exercise programs specializing in rehabilitation. Here is an example of home exercises in the Orthopaedic category:
- Lay on your back with the hips and knees at 90°.
- Keep your lower back flat on the floor and pull your navel slightly in.
- Lower one leg at the time to tap your heel on the floor then lift your heel back up without losing the abdominal contraction (you can put your fingers on each side just inside the bony tip in front of your hips to monitor the contraction).
- Repeat with the other leg.
The physiotherapist offers a flexible program to the patients through email, adding videos to an existing website, integrate content via EMR and clinic management software, and much more. The patient can access videos online from home, smart phones, tablets, and computers of all kinds. As well, patients can view clear hand-outs with professional studio pictures and clear written instructions, and print lost programs themselves. As a result, the patients are more motivated to comply to HEP.