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South Coast Physical Therapist Ahead Of Curve In Using Online Technology To Serve Patients

Santa Barbara based psysical therapist Annick Lamb is using online technology to prvide help for her patients. She started doing it before the coronavirus crisis, but says its now taken on a new signficance in this eara of social distancing.

Technology is being used to bring medical care to people at home during the coravirus crisis.  Annick Lamb is a Santa Barbara based physical therapist who is using online technology to bring care into people’s homes.  Lamb was ahead of the online shift we’ve seen to telehealth since the start of the emergency.

She left her physical therapy job about six months ago because she saw the potential to help pregnant, and postpartum mothers online, creating a business called “Pregnancy to Performance.”

Today, Lamb is working with Niki Mazaroli.  She’s a 33 year old woman from Ventura who had her first child, a son, about 15 months ago.  Mazaroli says she likes the flexibility, and time savings associated with the therapy.  And, the  mom says it’s not just the physical help from the sessions which is important.  She says it provide emotional support.

Lamb says support of this type for pregnant, and postpartum mothers is common in some countries, like France, but isn’t the norm here.  She’s hoping it will change, and becaome more available.

And, Lamb says for many people, using telehealth technology may make it more readily accessible.  The main focus of her business is pregnant and postpartum women, but during the corvavirus crisis she is also doing telemedicine for people with general physical therapy issues.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.