Technology Breaking the Concept of Conventional 'Hands-On' Treatment in Physical Therapy

Technology is facilitating physical therapists to deliver better care than ever before and leading to previously unimaginable innovations.  

FREMONT, CA: Physical therapy is conventionally known as ‘hands-on’ because the therapists help patients with various exercises which improve their ability to function and recover from injury or an operation. Times are changing, and technology also is changing with it, making it easy for physical therapists to assist their patients throughout the healing process. Below are some most comprehensive advancements in physical therapy treatment.

• The Performance Matrix

One of the most significant advances in physiotherapy is the Performance Matrix (TPM), which a collection of analytical software that can identify the weak points and high-risk areas of movements. TPM involves performing movement tests to determine these points, and the results are calculated immediately. It is used to aid rehabilitation, recovery, and injury prevention.

• Gait Scanners

A gait scanner detects pressure when a person walks across it and the information collected is analyzed and used to develop an image of the base of the feet, which will show the patient and physiotherapist where patient place pressure when walking.  This data can be utilized, for more than just risks relating to the feet, as the slightest deviation in a person’s gait can affect their health all through their body.

• 3D Running Analysis

3D Running Analysis is especially beneficial for athletes, which involves the use of cameras and sensors to capture accurate data and to measure movement patterns in real time. This analysis unveils information which is then used to tailor exercise plans tailor-made to the individual.        

• Electromyography Biofeedback Machines

Electromyography is done by using either needle or surface electrodes, which analyze the speed and strength of the signals traveling through the muscles, which can be used to diagnose many possible problems with the nervous system. The advances in technology have made biofeedback machines smaller and affordable for patients to buy. This technology mainly helps people undergoing muscle retraining by helping them to monitor their progress and avoid making mistakes when they are away from their physical therapists.

As researches continue to develop new technologies, it is indeed that the field of physical therapy will continue to expand and improve.