With coaching from England rugby physio Dave O’Sullivan as well as from the amazing Diane Lee, I’ve discovered how my hands-on skills translate into online treatment. It’s not the same as treating patients in clinic, but we can accomplish a lot with a virtual visit.
As long as the body part that needs treatment is something you can reach for yourself, I can also teach you some hands-on techniques to use to help yourself — just as I would in clinic — and there are some useful tools I can recommend that may help you.
Something I’m always happy to do in clinic is to give you the option to bring someone else into your treatment session, to learn how they can help you when I’m not around. I’ve found that this can help people to feel more in control of their injury treatment, can increase the amount of carry-over between sessions — and also saves money!
As long as you’re sharing a house with someone who’s prepared to help you, this is something we can still do. Since April, over an encrypted videolink, I’ve been teaching mothers how to stretch and mobilise their daughter’s hips; girlfriends how to treat their partners’ ankles; and husband how to help their wives’ backs — and I follow up with videos to remind the “temporary physios” what they need to do going forward.