Our physiotherapeutic treatments are primarily designed to work on developing our patients' movement so that they are able to resume an active part in life. We improve our patients' body awareness and their ability to interact with the world around them by introducing new movement patterns, strengthening their movements and making them become automatic, as well as extending their range of movement.
Patients and specialists work together daily to achieve greater mobility.
Treatment concepts based on individual potential
Our approach uses our therapists' manual skills, complementing them where necessary with physical sensations such as heat, cold or pressure. We stimulate and encourage the patient's own capabilities by training their coordinated muscle activity and conscious perception.
Our work is based on neurophysiological treatment concepts: Bobath, Vojta, Affolter, PNF and Craniosacral therapy. We also use methods to reduce pain, mobilise joints, strengthen and stretch muscles and improve coordination.
It goes without saying that out treatments are always tailored to meet our patients' individual circumstances, impairments and potentials. We integrate physiological, cognitive and motivational aspects into all of our treatments and therapies.
Learning to control the body
We work with the body's natural physiological reactions when working to increase muscle development or stimulating metabolism. All treatments should improve patients' understanding of how their own body works – for example, in cases of motor dysfunction or other abnormal patterns of movement – as well as promoting a responsible approach to dealing with their own bodies. It is our goal to re-establish, maintain and improve patients' health, whilst reducing their pain.
Small steps to successful movement
The focus of our physiotherapeutic treatments is the mobilisation of the most severely affected patients in the clinic, rendering them mobile again after extended periods of time in bed due to coma. We help them develop their range of movement in small steps: firstly so that they are able to sit on the side of the bed, then able to lift themselves up to a half standing position, and finally able to be transferred from standing to a wheelchair. This process is carried out expertly, with empathy and sensitivity, by specially trained physiotherapists. Severely affected patients are helped by a team of two therapists, who support them simultaneously through their individual course of progress.
We train the patients to be able to carry out transfers independently, for example when moving from a wheelchair into bed, or to the toilet. Moving from a seated to a standing position is a big hurdle for patients, so we offer them effective training sessions concentrating on standing and walking. It is very important to us that the patients are mobilised gently, as this provides them with a sense of reassurance. It also gives them a feel for which postures they can adopt in order to minimise discomfort, and which compensatory mechanisms they can employ.
The patient learns how to control their own movement, step by step.
We use prophylactic methods to counteract contractures when treating patients with spastic paralysis. Following intensive interdisciplinary consultation, we decide on how to use highly complex and specific methods such as corrective manipulative treatments combined with the use of evidence-based medications.
We have an allocation of preliminary aids in-house, and can provide wheelchairs, walking frames and other aids as needed. We are of course happy to advise and support you regarding the aids you will require at home. We inform our patients' family members about the relevant issues and give them comprehensive advice.