Physiotherapy / Adapted physical activity
Physiotherapy is a paramedical discipline that deals with prevention, assessment, therapeutic diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of impairments and disabilities.
Physiotherapy is for patients having lost muscle strength, range of motion and functional capacity, with postural problems or suffering from acute or chronic pain. Physiotherapy covers a variety of tailored techniques and methods, such as:
- Joint mobility
- Analytical and comprehensive muscle strengthening
- Analgesic methods: heat therapy, electrotherapy, etc.
- PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation techniques)
- Bobath concept
- Postural exercises
- Pilates method and stabilization exercises
- Rehabilitation of balance and instability
- Walking exercises
Adapted physical activity
Adapted Physical Activity (APA) is a unit of the physiotherapy department. Adapted physical activity includes a range of physical exercises adapted to the patient’s biological, psychological and social abilities in order to improve:
- physical condition (particularly cardiovascular activities, muscle strength, flexibility)
- coordination and balance (time/space orientation, fluidity of movement, limb dissociation)
- emotional potential (motivation, self-confidence)
- cognitive abilities (perception and processing of information)
Orthopaedic and neurological treatment can be individual or in a group, on ground or in water, as agreed after the initial physiotherapy check-up and based on the medical prescription.
Patients have a large choice of activities and equipment available to them. In order to develop endurance, exercise bikes, a rowing machine and treadmills are available, and we also encourage patients to walk (normally or with walking poles). To develop strength, we work with dumbbells, elastic bands and machines. For coordination, balance, or just for fun, why not try out table tennis, Gobba-ball, pétanque, darts, archery or even climbing. Finally, we also offer dancing and relaxation sessions.