Undergoing physical therapies after injuries, elders tend to quit before they've finished their training which ultimately leads to deterioration of mobility, because they have to push their pain levels and tolerances without continuous instruction, monitoring, and feedback.
Q: What do you find to be the hardest/most frustrating thing about physical therapy?
“Pain. The hardest part was figuring out how much pain was okay and how much pain was not okay. I had to do exercises at home but I couldn't figure out how much to push myself. Sometimes I would overdo it, sometimes I wouldn't do too much. In the beginning I was afraid to do anything. After a while I got used to this but it was trial and error for most of Physical Therapy. When I over did it, I really suffered and went backwards in my progress."
"The instructor showed me how to do the exercises and gave me hand- outs with how many repetitions. But I had trouble remembering them."
"I think that good ones [Physical Therapists] will push you and tell you you have to do a little bit each time more and explain why. If it’s painful you don't push yourself that much when you’re by yourself. I never finished the whole prescription. "
Therapi assists elderly patients who are going through physical therapy by monitoring muscle activities and providing real-time visual feedback of correctness and strength, without the need of either internet or smartphone.
Key Tasks Analysis
Add exercises with reps and instructions in the app
Show patients the correct posture and optimal effort required of each exercise
Monitor patients’ progress in future visits
Get instructions of prescribed exercises
Muscle sensors will detect muscle contractions and offer immediate visual feed-back
Understand the correctness of forms and muscles used during workout
Track progress and gain motivation to continue with the therapy