What is physiotherapy?
Sometimes also referred to as ‘physical therapy’, physiotherapy entails targeted training of the body and the use of non-invasive techniques to improve or rehabilitate movement and physical ability. Techniques may include ultrasound, massages or heat packs. Before starting any treatment, the physiotherapist will carry out a detailed, specialist examination and tailor the treatment to the patient’s individual needs. This approach seeks to:
- Understand how the body is working, raise awareness of available resources and get to the root of certain issues (e.g. poor posture, incorrect lifting or carrying, poor gym form)
- Trigger the body’s own natural healing response(e.g. build muscle, encourage motor learning, boost metabolism)
- Promote patients’ ability to independently managetheir own bodies
Physiotherapists are experts in treating impeded physical ability and pain. This specialty is an independent discipline within conventional medicine and falls into primary care. Day-to-day work in the physiotherapy department focuses on supporting patients on their journey to improved health or helping them to maintain their health – all with the goal of increasing patient quality of life. To achieve this, physiotherapists work on improving physical abilities – such as standing up, walking, climbing stairs and running – as well as increasing mobility in stiff joints and easing pain.
Types of conditions
In essence, any problem involving the musculoskeletal system can be improved using physiotherapy. Here are a few examples:
- Injury and rehabilitation
Physiotherapy can be targeted to support the healing of tendons, ligaments, bones and muscles following an accident, surgery or sports injury. With the right physiotherapy, most patients can expect to regain normal functionality of the musculoskeletal system.
- Back and neck pain
Many people struggle with tension in the region around the back and neck, often leading to tension headaches. These can be targeted with physiotherapy to achieve longer term relief. Physiotherapy can also successfully relieve the acute pain of lumbago and slipped discs. A consultation on workstation ergonomics can also help in many cases.
- Age-related complaints
Physiotherapists are specialists in providing effective treatment for arthritis, rheumatic conditions, dizziness, tinnitus and unsteady gait. Very often, this treatment significantly improves mobility and helps to avoid falls.
- Pregnancy and child development
Physiotherapy can help with a number of pregnancy-related issues: back problems, groin pain, antenatal preparation, postnatal and pelvic floor exercises. Physiotherapy can also help children with posture issues or developmental problems affecting the musculoskeletal system. Interventions are targeted to improve the child’s development.
- Burnout and stress
For many people, day-to-day life is full of complex sources of stress which can often manifest physically as tension, pain and other psychosomatic complaints. In these cases, the mental health aspect must be addressed but physiotherapy can be very useful alongside that. The use of massages, relaxation training and targeted stress-relief exercises has been proven effective in the scientific literature.
What about physiotherapy ?
Also called "physical therapy", physiotherapy aims to improve or rehabilitate the body's function and ability to move through specific training and the use of non-invasive treatments (e.g manual therapy, massage, heat therapy and cryotherapy ...)
Initially, the therapist carries out a detailed physiontherapeutic assessment. The treatment is then adapted to the individual conditions of the patient with the following objectives :
- To understand how the body works and to improve the perception of resources and sources of error (e.g bad posture, bad stress, bad training)
- Triggering a natural healing response in the body (e.g muscle development, motor learning, metabolic stimulation)
- Encouraging people to take control of their own bodies. Physiotherapists are experts in the field of physical dysfunctions and pain. This discipline is independent of conventional medicine and is part of basic health care. Helping the patient to be independent, to be healthier or to maintain his or her health is part of the daily routine in physiotherapy. The aim is to improve the patient's quality of life. To achieve this, physiotherapists strengthen several physical functions (e.g standing up, walking, climbing stairs, endurance exercises), recovering normal motion on the stiff joints and decreasing pain.
Types of desease
In principle, every disease of the human musculoskeletal system can be treated with physiotherapy.
Here are some examples :
- Injuries and rehabilitation
Physiotherapy can provide targeted support for the healing of tendons, ligaments, bones and muscles, whether as a result of an accident, surgery or sports injuries. With the help of physiotherapists, the musculoskeletal system can in most cases be restored to normal function.
- Chronic pain / Lifestyle disease
Lifestyle disease are non-communicable diseases. They are caused by lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating, substance use disorder etc.
Many people suffer from tension in the back and other joints: shoulder, elbow, wrist and this leads to tension headaches. Physiotherapeutic measures can treat these pains in a targeted manner and contribute to their long-term relief.
- Age-related disorders
Physiotherapists are specialized in the treatment of disorders caused by arthritis, rheumatism, dizziness or balance problems, as well as gait disorders. Therfore, physiotehrapy is able to help significantly patient, avoiding falls and greatly improving mobility and independence.
- Burnout and stress
Many people deal with high levels stresses, wich often result in tension, pain and psychosomatic disorders. Physiotherapy is often a very good complement to psychological treatment. Many scientist researches proved that often-physical activity and massage reduce levels of stress.
Physiotherapy at the Clinique Générale
The Physiotherapy Center of the Clinique Générale is made up of 6 skilled and knowledgeable physiotherapists. They work on traumatology, rheumatology, orthopedics, neurology, oncology, injuries and pathology of sport, balance disorders and respiratory disorders.
Our team of physiotherapists handle all patients hospitalized at the Clinique Générale according to a personalized treatment plan in order to recover independently.
In addition, since January 2020, an outpatient physiotherapy center has opened. Equipped with 3 treatments rooms and a fitness area, we take care of all patients regardless of their insurance coverage. Each patient is free to choose the physiotherapist who will follow you throughout your treatment.
Physiotherapy sessions prescribed by a doctor are reimbursed by the basic health insurance (LaMal), by the accident insurance (AI) or other insurances.
We are available from Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 6 pm.
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