We offer individual therapies, group therapies, and specific forms of therapy in Inpatient Physiotherapy at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre (SPC). We tailor your treatment programme to you, working to shape it with you.
- Respiratory therapy
- Pelvic floor training
- Movement training
- Gait analysis
- Walking and gait training
- Group therapies and sports therapy
- Hand therapy
- Provision of aids, and training in how to use them
- Equine therapy
- Kinesio Tape and tape
- Neurological forms of therapy (Vojta, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, Bobath)
- Complementary Therapies
- Physiotherapy in the sling table
- Robotics-supported therapy
- Wheelchair handling
- Pain therapy
- Transfer training
- Trigger point treatment
- Application of heat and cold, sauna
Pelvic floor therapy following the Grosemans concept
The Grosemans concept has been developed by Belgian physiotherapist and osteopath Phillip Grosemans The concept is a physiotherapeutic, osteopathic therapy for urinary incontinence.
The term electrotherapy refers to the therapeutic use of electric current to alleviate pain, improve circulation, or stimulate muscles. In this context, we offer electrotherapy (biofeedback and functional electrical stimulation) as well as laser therapy, shockwave therapy and ultrasound.
In functional kinetics, there are many techniques and exercises that help the patient to learn how to regain economic movement behaviour, or which help the therapist to find the best possible compromise.
Gait training refers to the systematic training of gait, with the objective of the patient practising all gait processes as physiologically as possible. In order to achieve this, it is necessary for gait to be adapted to the patient’s physical requirements. Appropriate aids may be used, depending on these requirements.
Kinesiotaping and taping
Kinesiotaping refers to a treatment technique in which highly elastic adhesive strips are applied to the skin in order to achieve various effects. Traditional, conventional taping uses a fixed, inelastic adhesive strip that is applied to the skin.
Manual therapy is a form of treatment that is used both for diagnosis and to treat disorders of the locomotor system.
The Maitland concept involves passive joint mobilisation and manipulation on the extremities and spine, as well as newer dynamic techniques, muscle lengthening, stabilising exercises, and individually adapted programmes for patients to undertake at home.
The key focus of the Mulligan concept is mobilisation through movement. The objective is to restore pain-free function through the use of “joint repositioning techniques”.
The “Schweizerische Arbeitsgruppe für Manuelle Therapie” (“Swiss Working Group for Manual Therapy”) offers training based on several manual therapy concepts. It is tailored towards manual medicine.
Neurological forms of therapy
The Bobath concept is based on neurophysiological and development neurology principles, and is oriented toward the patient’s resources. The concept can be used in rehabilitation, particularly following a stroke.
Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
The objective of PNF physiotherapy is to use increased stimulation of the senses to promote interaction between nerves and muscles, thereby facilitating physiological movement patterns that are stored in the central nervous system.
Trigger point therapy
The objective of trigger point therapy is to remedy hardening in the skeletal musculature. Local sensitivity to pressure and radiating pains are typical at these “myofascial trigger points”.
Vojta therapy is based on reflex locomotion. The therapeutic application of reflex locomotion enables elementary movement patterns to be restored, at least partially, in patients with a damaged central nervous system and locomotor system, i.e. those areas become accessible again. Reflex locomotion is activated “reflexogenically”. In reflex locomotion, “reflex” refers to the stimuli externally applied for therapeutic purposes, and the defined and always consistent, “automatic” movement responses to those stimuli.
Applications of heat and cold, sauna
The effect of heat and cold is applied to improve circulation, relax muscles, and alleviate pain, as treatment before therapy or as a follow-up.
Water is the ideal element for gymnastic activity that is gentle on the joints, particularly if the joint is not yet ready for full load following surgery. Another objective may be to learn to swim, or to provide the opportunity for spasticity due to neurological diseases to be reduced.