2021 Volume 48 Issue 1 Pages 17-23
The worldwide spread of COVID-19 infection is a serious problem in the field of rehabilitation. Physical therapy and occupational therapy in rehabilitation are therapeutic interventions that are based on intensive contact between therapists and patients in manual therapy and instruction of daily life activities, and it is difficult to practice preventative measures without such unavoidable “contact”. The three challenges of rehabilitation in COVID-19 calamity are the intensive contact work, difficulty in avoiding the “3 Cs” (closed spaces, crowded places, and close contact), and limitations in social activities. We have introduced electromyography BF and heart rate variability BF as BF applications to these problems. In the future, tele-rehabilitation will attract more attention in Japan as a preventative measure against infections, and the potential to apply BF is expected to increase.