Good vibes: This Pinoy physical therapist is giving free online consultations


Posted at Apr 07 2020 06:18 PM

Alexander Almonte. Handout

MANILA -- He may not be a frontliner, but physical therapist Alexander Almonte is certainly doing his part in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

Almonte has been giving free online consultations to patients in need of physical therapy while on quarantine. 

Through Facebook, he was able to accommodate over a dozen consultations from the Philippines and abroad.

"It feels great to be able to help people, even those you don't know. In these times of uncertainty, it feels good to be able to do something positive," Almonte said in a statement released by PLDT, which recognized individuals like him who harnessed the internet for volunteer efforts amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Because of the quarantine, business has been slow because we can't treat patients in their homes," he added. "But right now, giving out free consultations feels right." 

"Many of them asked me how much I'm charging. But it just doesn't feel right to charge right now."

Despite being a freelancer, Almonte volunteered his services for free not only to friends, but also to complete strangers. 

Citing his e-consultation with a woman whose dad recently had a stroke, he said: "I sent her simple videos on how to exercise her dad's upper and lower extremities, how to do sitting balance exercises, and tips on bed positioning."

"I interview them over Facebook, to see what the patients need," Almonte added. "Then I search and vet online sources, which I then share to them."