What Is Teletherapy?

Many health problems can be better treated by using Teletherapy, especially pain, inflammation, and muscle and joint disorders. Teletherapy is defined as ultra-reliable radiation delivery from a controlled distance over a fixed accelerator to the area being treated. The accelerator creates invisible radiation beams with accelerated charged electrons, which are then focused on the targeted area.

Different techniques are used in teletherapy - both traditional therapy methods and those newer methods that use computers and software. There are several types of technologies used in teletherapy: electromagnetic therapy (MET), fractional wave radiation therapy (FWM), and gamma rays. There are also different ways to deliver the electromagnetic waves, such as direct-emitting diodes (DEDs), microwave beam technology, broadband energy beams, or ultra-sonic sound waves. Some of these methods are safer than others. For instance, delivered electromagnetic energy may increase the heart rate and blood pressure, while gamma rays can cause hearing damage.

Traditional teletherapy sessions typically consist of fifteen to twenty minutes of conversation, and two to four sessions at a time. During each session, therapists attempt to diagnose and treat ailments through direct contact. For example, if a patient has muscle pain, a therapist would use his or her hand to massage the muscles. In some cases, therapists may also work with patients to perform exercises in order to reduce pain.

During a traditional face-to-face therapy session, a therapist will use either one or two different tools to diagnose and treat the problem. During a session, the Teletherapist (who may also be a chiropractor) uses his or her hands to "hammer" (engage the neck in a firm, but not painful, manner) specific areas of the back, neck, jaw, shoulders and upper arms. The Teletherapist then reports his or her findings to the patient.

When using teletherapy, therapists are able to deliver their findings directly to the individual. A teleprompter will summarize the findings for the patient. The Teleprompter is integrated into a platform that is mobile, which means it can be moved from location to location. The platform is powered either by itself or by a battery. The platform can also be coupled to a television monitor that offers a live feed of what is happening during the therapy session. In some instances, therapists may use a small computer located in another room as a teaching platform and as an audio/visual aid to explain what they are doing to patients.

Teletherapy has proven to be an effective way of easing discomfort and pain. Although a traditional therapist will take over most of the responsibilities associated with the job, teletherapy allows new patients to gain insight and comfort without having to leave their homes or offices. Patients are more comfortable having the ability to reach out and feel the support of a trained professional at any time. Teletherapy can provide relief to chronic pain sufferers as well as those experiencing short-term discomfort. Teletherapy can even offer patients a new sense of empowerment because it gives them the opportunity to learn and educate themselves about how they can deal with their own pain.