Health technology is a growing study area for physiotherapists, especially as mobile devices and apps become increasingly popular. However, there needs to be more clarity about the kinds of available apps and what they can do. This article will examine some of the main tools and applications physiotherapists use.
Graston Technique physiotherapy
Graston Technique is a specialized form of manual therapy that utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to break up scar tissue, restore tissue flexibility and increase range of motion. It is especially beneficial for treating chronic and acute injuries. It can also be used to address soft tissue lesions and adhesions.
This technique uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to scrape and massage injured tissues gently. It can also break up scar tissue that forms around muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Graston Technique can also help to relieve pain, improve range of motion, and relieve numbness. This therapy also improves the patient’s functional mobility, allowing the patient to perform more strengthening and stretching exercises.
Physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals use manual therapy to treat muscle pain and stiff joints. Manual therapy is a hands-on treatment that is customized for each patient. It combines skilled hand movements and pressure to relax the muscles and increase circulation.
Physical therapists use joint mobilization and myofascial release techniques to increase mobility and reduce pain. It is essential for long-term pain reduction.
Manual therapy may treat acute back pain caused by muscle spasms or chronic back pain involving joint problems. It can also be used for stiff joints or inflamed muscles. It is often used in conjunction with strengthening exercises.
Manual therapy techniques can also treat shoulder impingement, knee osteoarthritis, and inflammation in the jaw and tendons. The technique breaks up scar tissue, increases blood and oxygen circulation to the site, and improves mobility.
During a treatment session, the therapist from Physio Inq will evaluate the patient’s joints, muscles, and nerve supply. The therapist will determine the force that should be applied to reduce the pain. They will also assess the speed and length of movement.
Manual therapy is most effective in conjunction with a home exercise program. It is also essential to exercise the affected muscle groups to maintain mobility. During the treatment session, the therapist may use dry needling, hot and cold pack regimes, and exercise programs to treat the patient.
Physiotherapists and other rehabilitation professionals can use mHealth tools to provide patients with an interactive physiotherapy experience. These tools can provide motivational messages, prompts to exercise and various educational materials. They can also provide patients with reliable outcome measures.
The use of mHealth tools is gaining traction in the rehabilitation field. They are seen as a low-cost solution to improving health care delivery. They have been shown to improve patient satisfaction and adherence to treatment regimens. In addition, they have been found to improve access to health care, improve medication adherence, and extend services to underserved populations.
The study will use a mixed methods approach to assess the usability of a mHealth system for musculoskeletal rehabilitation. The study will incorporate the elements of a symptom checker, virtual triage, and a patient-clinician interface. It will also use an iterative approach to maximize usability and system adoption.
Several international and national organizations have published guidelines for the safe development of mHealth apps. These guidelines can help developers ensure that the app is not misleading or harmful.
Physiotherapists’ attitudes and perceptions of mHealth
Physiotherapists’ attitudes and perceptions towards mobile physiotherapy need to be better documented. This study addresses this knowledge gap. It uses a validated mHealth acceptance framework to measure the impact of smartphone applications in physiotherapy practice. This study also highlights the need for more dialogue between technology developers and physiotherapists.
Smartphone applications are a valuable tool for the physiotherapist, as they help prevent cancellations and ensure a timely treatment progression. However, they can be a distraction and affect the physiotherapist’s performance. The study used an online survey to collect data. In addition to assessing the acceptability of telerehabilitation, participants were also asked to rate the quality of a physiotherapist’s treatment.
The study also evaluated the physiotherapist’s attentiveness to the patient. Participants were shown a video of a physiotherapist performing a treatment. It was also found that physiotherapists attentive to their patient’s needs tended to receive better patient evaluations. However, it was also found that checking smartphone use in the context of clinical work can distract the therapist from their job.
The study found that smartphone use in physiotherapy was associated with positive evaluations of smartphone use. However, purposeful use was similar to no smartphone use.
The study also found that early adaptive behaviour (EA) was unrelated to age, gender or practice setting. However, it was associated with perceived ease of use (POU) and perceived utility (PU).
The study also found that purposeful smartphone use positively affected perceived social competence (PSC). It was the same effect that was observed for recreational smartphone use. However, this effect was not as strong.
The study also found that the physiotherapist’s social competence was related to their communication ability. It was also found that empathetic behaviour was related to the physiotherapist’s ability to create a positive therapeutic relationship.