Physiotherapy is a manual therapy focused on treating musculoskeletal problems, which means involving all joints and muscles, acute or chronic. We combine manual treatments with exercises therapy and modalities, if necessary. Through physiotherapy we want to make sure you obtain your same level of activity compared to before your injury or operation.
When do I have to see a physiotherapist?
With physiotherapy treatments, we can address a wide range of conditions including, but not limited to: all joint and muscle problems (sprains, strains, instability, limited mobility), back and neck pain, sport injuries, pre- and post-operative rehabilitation, post fractures rehabilitation, acute and chronic problems, postural problems.
What to expect from a physiotherapy session?
At the start of the treatment, your therapist will start by asking about your medical history, details on how your injury occurred, followed by a full assessment where we test all joints and muscles to determine the cause of the pain or other symptoms. Based on the history, the assessment and the diagnose we can set up a treatment plan. A treatment consists of manual techniques (soft tissue techniques, stretching, mobilization), exercises, taping or other modalities if necessary and it is advisable to do home exercises as instructed by your therapist.
What are some of the methods used by physiotherapists to treat problems?
One possible treatment is Manual Lymphatic drainage (MLD). What is MLD?
MLD, short for manual lymphatic drainage, is the standard care for swelling problems.
It is a very gentle manual technique where the specialized therapist stimulates the lymphatic drainage, by following the anatomy of the lymph system, and therefore reducing the swelling.
How does MLD work?
MLD works through gentle movements on the skin surface. By putting the right amount of pressure and direction, we can stimulate the fluid to move towards the lymph nodes that are working and as a result the lymphatic flow increases and we can reduce the swelling.
MLD can be administered alone, but often it is used together with multi-layered compression bandaging, which helps to support the effect of MLD and further reduce the swelling.
What can I expect from a session of MLD?
A session of MLD is a whole-body treatment. It starts centrally in the neck and goes further to the abdomen before treating the affected limps. The reason for this is to clear out the main lymphatic pathways and in that way, we can facilitate the drainage. An MLD treatment demands a longer treatment time, mostly around 45min to 1h. MLD can be done alone or together with compression bandaging or lymph taping to increase and maintain the effect of the MLD treatment.
What are the indications for MLD?
The ability of MLD to reduce swelling has been well demonstrated. There are a number of indications for MLD treatments including:
What are some of the modalities used by physiotherapists to treat problems?
One of the modalities we use at Emirates Integra is B-E-St, which is short for Bio-Energy-Stimulation, also known as the injury-current. This modality uses a low-level current, which promotes the natural healing of your body. As its stimulates natural healing, it provides a faster recovery after an operation or injury. The use of the modalities is always in combination with manual therapy to obtain the best result in your recovery.
Shockwave is a non-invasive treatment that accelerates recovery of injured tissues. Shockwaves stimulate metabolism and improve blood circulation leading to faster and long-term healing and regeneration of the tissue. Shockwave can prevent the need for surgery, restoring full mobility, and improving quality of life. PRP and other cellular therapy injections can be combined with shockwave therapy, and may be highly beneficial.