What is Physiotherapy – a Guest Blog by Marc Pretti

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What is physiotherapy?
Etymology: therapy that uses physical agents like exercises and massage instead of drugs.
It’s a healthcare profession dedicated to working with people, for people. To identify problems directly connected with diseases and help patients recover their ability to move so they can achieve some form of a cure.

Physiotherapists are involved with promoting optimal mobility through physical activity. By using therapeutic exercises, they work on rehabilitation injuries while in the meantime educating people to attain a high level of health. The profession of physiotherapist is committed to health, lifestyle and quality of life.

Ailments

It is impossible to create a complete list of situations where a physiotherapist can make the difference. Among all the ailments where therapeutic exercises are most efficient arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, cardiovascular, cerebral palsy, chronic pain, fractures, incontinence, stroke and vestibular disorders are the most prominent.

The physiotherapists approach

Again, it is impossible to create an exhaustive list. The techniques most used are:

  • massage
  • Joint mobilization
  • Personalized exercises programs to improve strength, range of motion and function
  • Airway clearance methods
  • Management of incontinence including pelvic floor re-education
  • Vestibular exercises
  • Joint manipulation(osteopathy)

He can add electro-stimulation, shockwave (tendinitis problems), ultra-sound, cryotherapy and swimming pool exercises to the mix. The end goal is to create a personalized treatment program.

Because of the wide variety of techniques one cannot expect that a single therapist masters them all. Therefore it is not possible to recommend a given therapist in general but rather to recommend a given therapist for a given technique

Our approach

My private clinic has a swimming pool, and thanks to my continuous training as sport physiotherapist specializing in cardio training, and osteopathy I have created a program including swimming pool exercises, specific back exercises, massage and mobilization or manipulation.
We work with every type of patient: from babies with breathing issue to athletes with sports injuries like tendinitis, sprains and muscle tears.

My colleagues complete our programs with specialties like pelvic floor re-education, manual lymphatic massage, … check our Medihoo.com profile for more information.

Conclusion
Physiotherapy is becoming more and more important as a treatment without drugs and pills! More specifically for France we see a change: the  “physio-school” will be linked to the university. This means that the used techniques will be scientifically validated and the educational path to become a physical therapist will now take 4 instead of 3 years. In general the linking to the university adds value to the professional of physical therapists i.e. gains recognition and adds to the diversity of available therapeutic solutions for the hospitals linked to the University.


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By Marc Pretti
Physical Therapist at
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Article by Dr. Mark Ritzen

 

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Meeting other people is a very common, and for our mental health important part of our daily life; Meeting others can ensure us to be part of a group, which gives us the feeling of being accepted, protected, integrated. Furthermore, meeting others can help us fulfill some of the intentions or plans we have in life; Here, a meeting gives us the feeling of opportunity. Last but not least, a meeting can help us to develop ourselves in all possible ways : by meeting people we learn about the existence of other values, lifestyles, ideas, convictions, intentions, etc. and might enrich ourselves with this. By learning about other ideas, intentions, believes , we can reflect more profoundly about ourselves, put things in perspective and place ourselves better in the complex and fascinating heterogecity of being human.

The other person we meet presents us a rich diversity of individual characteristics that are the result of his genes (nature), as well as his education and life experiences (nurture).

Some examples of the many characteristics that define a person are his sex, weight, size, personality, temperament, interests, know-how, intentions, social intelligence, strengths, weaknesses, desires and worries, and of course we can define many many more.

When two persons meet, two different worlds of individual characteristics are voluntarily or involuntarily confronted with each-other ; this can be a very enriching, never-ending process of dialoging/ experiencing/ discovering. It can also be a challenge to adapt oneself to avoid greater discomfort.

Fortunately, during most of our meetings we are rather pragmatic ; during a meeting, we reduce the complexity of the other to those dimensions that are important to us in the given specific situation. That might for example be a specific know-how (for example if we consult a lawyer), or a shared interest/ habit (like religion, to reassure us being part of a group).

Knowing all this, we can imagine that meeting others is a very complex event for the brain that is accompanied by differentiated and precise perceptions, priorisations, interpretations, curiosity, expectations, hopes, fears, desires : We try to estimate/ inventorying the other’s individual characteristics, especially those, that are important to us in a given situation; In the meantime we have to reflect about/ look at/ eventually re-define our own characteristics ; furthermore, we have have to estimate the chance to reach our goals with the available/ detected ressources in ourself and in the person we meet. Finally we have to develop or adapt a strategy to reach (if defined already) our goals.

Meeting others is necessary for our mental health ; on the other hand it is a very complex challenge for the brain. Therefor, If the brain is affected by a a psychiatric illness it might have difficulties to manage all the necessary processes in order to have a « good meeting »; as a result, many psychiatric patients don’t feel at ease with other people and tend to isolate themselves, to draw themselves back from society. Meeting others is so important to experience happiness ; Without it, how can we feel ourselves accepted, wanted and integrated ?

Exactly here I think that society (that means everyone) can really help people, suffering from psychiatric problems. By being sensitive, tolerant, inviting and supportive, especially to those who have a risk to loose connection to society ; By doing this, society has an opportunity enrich itself, by rediscovering other values than competition, power and wealth-related successfulness, by reactivating ressources as patience, observation, fascination, compassion, heterogenicity and flexibility.

 

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Dr. Mark Ritzen – Psychiatrist in Luxembourg.

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