Occupational therapy

The complexity and severity of the neurological condition in question often determines the degree to which the patient's functional capabilities are restricted. Occupational therapy focuses on training patients' ability to perform active, purposeful tasks, in order to maintain or re-establish the greatest possible degree of independence in their everyday and professional lives.

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train motor and cognitive limitations
with the patients. For more everyday independence.
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Everyday independence

We employ special treatment strategies in order to improve, recover or compensate for skills that patients have either lost, or that have become impaired. We train our patients in how to cope with the restrictions that they have in terms of motor and cognitive function, including how to use various medical aids.

Therapy begins with basic things such as the ability to independently eat meals, maintain personal hygiene or get dressed. The training is always focused on everyday activities that will be necessary in the patient's personal, domestic and professional life.

Occupational therapy treatments are predominantly carried out in one-to-one sessions. We also offer further group therapy sessions to consolidate and refine those abilities that patients' have already successfully mastered.

A broad spectrum of therapies

Our spectrum of therapies includes mobilisation, perception, motor imagery and cognitive ability training, as well as functional muscle stimulation and sensorimotor, fine motor and graphomotor training. We also offer ADL (Activities of Daily Living) training in the patient's room, in the training kitchen and during the breakfast group, as well courses in manual craft techniques and using computers. Our therapists have a wide range of specialised knowledge about neurophsyiological treatment concepts, such as Bobath, Affolter, HoDt, PNF, constraint induced movement therapy and mirror therapy.

Success through mirror therapy

For patients who are paralysed on one side following damage to the brain, we use, among other treatments, a relatively new method known as mirror therapy. Our centre participated in the scientific development of this method.

A mirror is placed in the middle of the patient's body so that they see their functioning limbs as a reflection and can perceive their movement. This generates an optical illusion. The brain is fooled into thinking that the side with the impairment is the side that is moving. Seeing the illusion in the mirror seemingly helps the brain re-establish a connection to the paralysed part of the body. It learns where the leg or arm is to be found, and is again able to send it messages that initiate movement.

A study looking into the efficiency of different therapies, that was carried out at our clinic in cooperation with refonet (The Rehabilitation Research Network of the German Pension Insurance for the Rhineland), produced clear results demonstrating the effectiveness of this therapy.

Trying out and adapting medical aids

In order that our patients each gain the greatest degree of autonomy possible, we employ the use of various medical aids. We test them out with the patients, adapting them where necessary, and we offer advice about what aids may be necessary for them within the home. We offer a complete range of different devices, from specially designed breakfast trays and adapted cutlery, to bed frames that can be raised and lowered electronically, handholds, lifts and ramps.

Computer aided tools for communication and control

Patients who suffer from locked-in syndrome, for example, above all require an aid to help them communicate, whereas paralysed patients tend to be in need of devices to help them control their environment. Together with the patients, we test out and train the use of head controls for the computer, and present ways of controlling domestic electrical devices through the use of speech controls.

We also offer test drives in a car adapted to fit the needs of people with impairment, and accompany our patients to training sessions in town where they are able to try out what it's like using a wheelchair under everyday conditions.