Exercise anywhere with our telehealth platform, GuardianConnect

For over two decades, Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation has been assisting clients nationally with community-based programs – operating out of local gymnasiums and leisure centres, as well as clients’ homes. However, we’ve also kept our more regional and remote clients in mind, offering a Telehealth service for a number of years. 

With the global spread of viral respiratory illness COVID-19 in 2020, we rolled our sleeves up and got to work expanding this service, unveiling GuardianConnect so we could continue providing valuable assistance and support to clients in need of rehabilitation exercise services.

How does Telehealth Work?

“Telehealth is the delivery of health care services, where distance is a critical factor, by all health care professionals using information and communication technologies for the purpose of providing care to assist with advancing the health of individuals.” (WHO – The World Health Organization)

At Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation, our Telehealth services link our clients with a clinician through videoconferencing. From here, we:

  1. Conduct an initial assessment to discuss individual needs, identify factors influencing recovery, and formulate an appropriate rehabilitation plan through collaborative goal setting practices.
  2. Complete subsequent review sessions to set up an exercise program and provide ongoing progressions of the program, working together towards the agreed goals
  3. Provide relevant education and support through bespoke, thoughtful and creative means (did you know tinned foods can make great weights?)

Any Real Life Examples?

In January of 2021, our Exercise Physiologist Dean commenced seeing a farm worker who had completely ruptured his right bicep tendon requiring surgical intervention in June 2020. He was completing light duties on the farm as he could only lift <5kg and given he lived rurally, he was not getting the supervision in treatment he required. Utilising the GuardianConnect platform, Dean completed a series of digital reviews with the client over an ten week period. He organised a gym membership at the local gym which enabled him to complete his exercise rehabilitation program independently. After two months, Dean’s client reported a return to pain-free functionality, made a full return to work and received a full and final medical clearance in April 2021. Happily, he also reported feeling empowered and extremely confident in continuing his gym-based exercise routine independently.

Where To From Here?

From snap lockdowns to extended lockdowns, the GuardianConnect service has ensured that all our clients are able to continue their programs with us. The past year has shown just how essential telehealth is – it’s a valuable and meaningful resource, with the evidence speaking for itself. To cite just a few examples:

  1. Results from three individual trials showed that Telehealth was beneficial in improving quality of life for those suffering with chronic low back pain
  2. Research showed high client satisfaction with a 6-week Telehealth rehabilitation intervention compared to usual care after total knee arthroplasty
  3. Telehealth services have been shown to be effective in supporting recovery from mental illnesses including Depression, Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

We look forward to connecting online today!

References 

Dario, A et al. (2017). Effectiveness of telehealth-based interventions in the management of non-specific low back pain: a systematic review with meta-analysis. The Spine Journal.

Lee, A. (2018). Telehealth Physical Therapy in Musculoskeletal Practice. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sport Physical Therapy.

Turgoose, D et al. (2018). Systematic review of lessons learned from delivering tele-therapy to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.

Zhou, X et al. (2020). The Role of Telehealth in Reducing the Mental Health Burden from COVID-19. Telemedicine and e-Health

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