Therapist’s Guide to the Physiotools Trainer client app
What is the Physiotools Trainer app?
People are not always motivated to do the exercises they have been prescribed and therefore the app has been designed to add an element of fun to encourage your clients to reach a daily exercise target. Physiotools Trainer is an app for mobile devices which has been developed to make it easier for your clients to reach their training goals. Simply create and send an exercise program to your clients mobile device and the app monitors the client’s execution of the program, presenting the result in Physiotools. Physiotools Trainer can also remind the client when it is time to carry out their exercises. As a user of Physiotools, you will be able to follow the client’s training activity when the app automatically returns the results to Physiotools.
Physiotools Trainer works with the iPhone and devices that have Android operating systems. The app can be downloaded free of charge by your clients from the App Store or Google Play.
How to send a training program to the app
Log in to your Physiotools account.
Go to the Clients page and search for a previously registered client or register a new client.
Make sure a correct e-mail address is entered and that the Client app consent box is checked. Click Save.
Click Exercises and select the exercises that will be included in the program, edit the exercises either on the Edit page or directly on the Preview page.
In the upper part of either the Edit or Preview page, type in a Title of exercise set, select the Training start date and Training period in the appropriate fields. Add the relevant values for each exercise (number of repetitions, weights etc).
The Send exercises window opens. Type in the client’s email address if you have not previously created the client. Check the boxes to send the training program by email and / or to the Physiotools Trainer client app.
After you click OK, you will be asked how you want to document the exercise program. You are then be automatically directed to the client information page where you will see that the program has been sent to the Physiotools Trainer client app.
How does your client use the app
If your client has not already installed the app onto their mobile device, they will automatically receive instructions via email on how to download it from the App Store or Google Play.
Once the client logs in, they will find their training program. In addition, the client will be reminded when it is time to carry out their exercises via the notification function.
How do you follow the client’s exercise activity?
As the creator of an exercise program, you can follow your client’s training activity on the Clients page in PhysioTools. The icon under the heading Documented exercise sets is shown in green and a tick indicates that the program was sent to the app. When the client begins to execute their exercises in the program and confirms, after each exercise, that it is completed, the green icon will be converted to a numerical value between 0-100. This value indicates how well the client has performed their prescribed exercises. The value will be 100 if the client has completed all the exercises within the time frame that you defined for the training program. A value between 0-25 indicates a low activity from the client. The numeric values are also indicated by a colour code as follows:
Red: Low values from 0-25
Orange: Values between 26-50 indicate that less than half of the prescribed exercises have been performed within the specified time interval.
Light green: Values between 51-75 indicate that most of the exercises have been completed.
Green: Values between 76-100 indicate that the client has successfully completed specified exercises in the program.
The above values should only be seen as a guideline, not an absolute science and the so-called momentum values should be regarded as a basis for discussion during a follow-up.