I want to write and say thank you for being part of my Physical Therapy family. There seems to be no better time to stop and reflect on the last few years and look forward to the coming years.
Whether we’ve worked together one time or continue to work together I want to let you know that you’ve made an impact in my life. I am endlessly grateful for all the people that have come through my doors and I hope that we can continue to work together in the future. I also look forward to helping more people in the coming months, not just live, but Thrive!
With the recent events and news surrounding the novel corona virus – Covid-19 – many of us are left working at home, out of work, or working to balance the needs of family, community, and self! It is exceedingly easy to get lost in the news, refreshing social media, or wrapped up into concern. Even those who do not get sick may experience increased stress and anxiety at times.
Thankfully, in this time of ever increasing technology, we have many options to help get social connection, check on our neighbors, friends and family as well as seek wellness services. Many of my health care colleagues have moved to virtual offerings to continue to help their clients.
I have been pondering how to proceed through this time. While I believe the true physical therapy emergency might be a unicorn, changes in our daily routines can increase existing persistent pain or bring on new areas of discomfort. Research regarding pain and the brain indicate a high correlation between stress and increased pain. And with more time on our hands (hopefully washed for 20 seconds and between the fingers!) many of us are out doing more physical labor which can increase pain.
The benefit of all of our routines being changed up is that we have the opportunity to make new and potentially healthier routines in their place. To this aim I will be changing up my practice and offering telemedicine visits only until further notice. Visits can be 30-60 minutes in length. You may wonder what can be accomplished ‘virtually’ in physical therapy! Well, quite frankly, a lot. You all know how important I think a full and thorough history is! There are also many function movement and strength assessments that can be easily completed through a video conference. With these pieces of the puzzle in place we can work together to establish a safe movement routine while we are waiting for the go ahead to meet in person.
If you think that you, or someone you know, may benefit from a telemedicine visit please feel free to book directly with the “Book Now” button on the right hand side or email me at: email@example.com. I will also still be offering free discovery visits.
While certainly not the way any of us would like to be handed the gift of time, it is a gift nonetheless. My hope for all of us, is that we are able to use at least some of this time to improve our overall health and wellness.
Be well and take good care.
Dana Reid, DPT