Wellness with Jo Covid-19 pandemic update

The whole world has looked very different these last few months not least ‘Wellness with Jo’.
I have been fortunate that I have been able to continue teaching Clinical Pilates classes remotely over zoom. This has allowed many of my clients to continue with their Pilates practice from the comfort of their own front room. Many people have increased the number of Pilates class that they have been doing with me in some cases to 2 or even 3 classes a week! It has been lovely to see their enthusiasm and commitment and to notice the groups’ steady improvements in posture, balance, strength and flexibility. I know we are all missing face to face classes, as I am unable to offer the hands on feedback and corrections that are a corner stone to Physio-led Pilates classes. Teaching remotely has honed my verbal and visual teaching skills (although I do get very sick of the sound of own voice!). I hope that as social distancing restrictions are eventually loosened that we can return to face to face classes in a safe manner. I will certainly consider continuing with some zoom classes indefinitely as they have proven very successful and popular too! Over the past three months I have been providing remote 1:1 Pilates sessions and also remote Physiotherapy assessment and treatment. All the patients that have had remote treatment have been surprised at how successful and effective this can be. In most cases, I can perform a thorough examination and make a sound clinical diagnosis over video call. I can offer advice, ergonomic advice and exercises (backed up with an email with photos, video clips and clear directions to help you to perform the exercises well). I have also taught patients to self-treat for example taping and self-massage techniques. My clients have all found these sessions beneficial and successful! I am now able to return to face to face physiotherapy assessments and treatments and I am currently offering home visits. As a Chartered Physiotherapist, I have to follow strict criteria before offering face to face treatment and it can only be provided where the problem cannot be managed remotely. It will be necessary to arrange a remote consultation beforehand (video or telephone call) and to complete a Covid-19 face –to-face consent form. Please be aware that I will be wearing full PPE (scrubs, apron, gloves and a face mask) in order to keep both of us safe during your treatment. I will also follow a strict cleaning protocol. I know it all sounds a little daunting and hopefully it won’t be forever. In the meantime, I am very much looking forward to getting back to some hands on Physiotherapy! Please contact me for more information.

June 2020


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