Wellbeing App Released


“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where-” said Alice “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“-so as long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

-Lewis Carroll, Alice’s adventures in wonderland

Imagine traveling without being able to recall where you have been. In order to know where we are going, we need to know where we are coming from and there is no difference when speaking about our wellbeing. For example, if you call me and ask, “how do to I get to Wellington,NZ?”, I will certainly reply, “where are you coming from?”.  We often have a goal but oddly enough we are blind to our progress (or lack thereof). For instance, ask yourself what your mood was yesterday. Now ask yourself how your mood was two weeks ago. I am certain you are slightly foggy on the last one. But what about your mood 3 months ago? 1 year ago? I imagine you truly don’t have a clue- unless it falls on a memorable day good or bad. Not having access to this information can be problematic when tracking progress and measuring outcome.

In practice I identified a problem with asking “on a scale of 1-10, what is your pain today?” The problem was not the question being asked but rather the frequency at which it was being asked. I do not see my patients daily nor do I want to see them daily, I want my patients to recover quickly and efficiently. But identifying progress can be difficult when it is sporadic and spread out over  several weeks. It’s simply better to know how the patient is coping daily.

Before the wellbeing apps creation I took on the tedious job of emailing clients an outcome based spreadsheet. The spreadsheet was simple and it allowed them to enter an 0-10 rating for pain, mood and sleep, everyday of the week. Once the spreadsheet was returned I would graph the data and use it to demonstrate progress to the patient. I found this very effective in unmasking ineffective treatments, demonstrating the harmless nature of flare ups and empowering self-care.

As my clinic grew this system became overly tedious. However what I found during early graphing was exciting. I found that once patients graphically visualized progress, it reinforced their attitude towards improvement. Often patients will forget where they came from (early pain episodes) but simply reminding them with the graph allows them to understand the progress made.

Because I was graphing data on pain, mood and sleep, patients were able to better understand the correlation. This can be simple to understand but also empowering to envisage. When my patients began to see the graphs and realise they were managing their pain, it was a lightbulb moment for them. They knew what was working and what wasn’t. That to me was empowering my patients. Moreover, it was done through powerful visual feed back.

Visual feedback is an invaluable tool. Whether it is EMG, biofeedback or wellbeing, seeing is believing. The primary goal and vision of wellbeing is this,

“empowering the users perspective in regards to health and wellbeing.”

It is a must for anyone wanting to know and see their progress. Wether it be pain, sleep, mood or your own unique category, you are now able to track it easily.

Finally to put the icing on the cake, you are able to overlay and compare graphs. Overlay strength with motivation or strength with impact on others. What ever you can dream up you can monitor. Wellbeing allows you to simply and easily track your progress on a consistent basis. After all how do you know were you are going if you don’t know where you have been?

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Summary

  1. Wellbeing allows for graphical mapping of your pain, mood, sleep, and motivation.
  2. Input your own category to track (i.e. strength and eating behavior)
  3. Wellbeing unmasks ineffective treatments and poor progress.
  4. Touch screen monitoring. This is simply just cool.
  5. Empowers the user to monitor outcomes daily, not at every doctors visit which could be at weeks apart.
  6.  Email your graphs directly to your doctor, trainer, or therapist.
  7. It costs less than a pizza and is better for your health.
  8. Allows the patient understand that hurt doesn’t equal harm.
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About doctoranthony
As a spinal rehabilitation specialist with over 7 years clinical experience in the areas of - Spinal Manipulative Therapy, Active & Passive Spinal Rehabilitation, Functional Movement and Orthopedic Assessment, Strength and Conditioning Coaching, Fitness Programming, Business Development, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Consultancy - you can feel safe knowing that I understand the worry and concern surrounding spinal pain. This is why self-efficacy lies at the heart of my practice. For more info: nz.linkedin.com/in/anthonyclose

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