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I was on a call with a potential new myofunctional therapy patient earlier today, and we got to talking about how I see my patients on Skype doing video therapy. Initially she seemed a touch hesitant about the idea and she asked me some questions, wondering how video-based therapy worked and whether or not it was effective.

I explained that I’ve been seeing patients this way for nearly three years, and that I’ve never had anyone drop out, or even say bad things but I noticed that she’d gone very quiet. I thought that she might be resistant to the idea of seeing a therapist on Skype, especially since the therapy would be for her young children (aged seven and four) but I was wrong.

It turns out that she’d been thinking, and she surprised me by saying’ “You know what? This is exactly what we need!”

I asked her what she meant, and she told me that her kids had been working with myofunctional therapist for a couple of sessions but the drive to her office was an hour each way. It was always in heavy afternoon traffic because she could only get appointments after school. By the time they arrived, her son (the four-year old) was already stressed and in a bad mood, which made the therapy sessions challenging for everyone. She described the drive and the experience as “hellish”.

The thought that they could see me when it suited them (including weekends – Sunday is my busiest day), from the comfort of their home really resonated with her. I didn’t even need to point out that the therapy would probably be more effective that way – she saw that possibility immediately – a stressed out four-year old boy isn’t going to be too receptive to listening to another adult telling him what to do. So they’ll likely be signing up to work with me, which I’m very pleased about.

Video therapy

Video-based myofunctional therapy is easy and convenient!

Telehealth Works!

But that conversation got me thinking about how my practice has evolved. I used to have two offices in Seattle, one on either side of town to make the therapy more accessible to more people, but I could still only work with patients based in Seattle. Since I started seeing patients on Skype, my practice has boomed, and I’ve worked with people from all over the world – from New Zealand to Columbia, and from South Africa to Sweden.

But more importantly, I’ve been able to reduce the cost of my therapy programs, and basically make the therapy easier and more available to a wider range of people. This is exactly what I set out to do years ago.

I’m seeing video therapy telehealth become increasingly popular as more patients and more medical professionals try to find ways to work remotely. I even know of movement and structural practitioners who work with clients on the other side of the world via Skype and FaceTime. Things are definitely changing. If you’re hesitant about the idea of working with me remotely, I think I can safely say by now that it’s an amazingly effective approach to myofunctional therapy. It’s been proven over and over with patients from the youngest of children to those in their 70’s.

If you’d like to see what video-based therapy is like, please feel free to get in touch right here so we can set up a free assessment.

 
 

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