Physiotherapy may be necessary for people of all ages. The physiotherapy service is provided by a physiotherapist who is a specialist with specific education. The physiotherapist performs an examination at the initial appointment to determine the nature of the problem. The therapist assesses your locomotor and support functions (musculoskeletal system) and draws up an action plan based on the nature of your problem. Specific actions will follow the planning of the actions to solve your problem. A physiotherapist will put together the gymnastic and stretching exercises that work best for you and determine the necessary procedures to help you recover and overcome the problem. The service includes reception and the corresponding procedures/actions: exercises, kinesio taping, manual techniques, massage treatment. We also offer vibration therapy. Physiotherapy plays an important role in rehabilitation and especially in the recovery from traumas.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a therapy based on physical exercise, massage treatment and physical methods (e.g. laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, electric therapy, etc.), aimed at restoring, in whole or in part, the functional capacity of the locomotor or organ system. The tasks of physiotherapy are to prevent possible health damage, to maintain or improve joint mobility and muscle strength, the restoration of dysfunction and the alleviation of pain.
Physiotherapy service includes:
- physiotherapeutic assessment and, as appropriate, therapeutic exercises, massage therapy, laser therapy and kinesiology taping;
- evaluation of movement functions: taking a medical history, identifying the problem;
- preparation of an action plan: involves determining the need for therapy and setting goals with the patient/client;
- performing the necessary therapy: gymnastics, massage or manual techniques and procedures with apparatus.
When is it advisable to come to a physiotherapist appointment?
- continuation of outpatient treatment for a patient in inpatient rehabilitation (stroke, traumas, surgery, other medical conditions requiring rehabilitation);
- various muscle problems (muscle rupture, tension, weakness, pain etc.);
- back, neck and shoulder ailments (overload, trauma, etc.);
- joint problems (joint mobility limitations, pain);
- limb amputations;
- conditions requiring adjustment during growth (scoliosis and the like)
What you need to know and be aware of when coming to a physiotherapist appointment?
The first appointment with the physiotherapist lasts 45 minutes. It is advisable to arrive a little earlier to change clothes and shoes (allowing free movement). There is a dressing room and a shower.
Keep in mind that a physiotherapist may, if necessary, ask you to undress your upper or lower body for a moment to assess the condition.
- If your problem is related to the hip, knee or ankle, you can wear short sports pants.
- For a shoulder problem, it is advisable to wear a sleeveless shirt.
- It is also advisable to bring a sweatshirt or a warmer shirt.
- A physiotherapist monitors your muscles and axial activity during activities and is more visible when the skin is not covered.
Drinking and eating
- As you move, your body loses fluid faster than at rest. Drink enough water throughout the day to prevent fatigue and improve performance (1.3-1.8 L / day, 400-600 ml 2h before the therapy).
- During active therapy, it is recommended to start fluid intake 30 minutes after the start of therapy.
- Eat a good meal 2-4 hours before therapy (carbohydrate-rich and low-fat foods work well: bread, potatoes, pasta, rice).
- A light snack is recommended 30 minutes before sporting activities.
Additional information for a physiotherapist
If you exercise regularly according to some exercise plan/guide, or if you have specific medical papers about your condition, you can take them with you to your first appointment with the physiotherapist. Inform your therapist of the alternative therapies you are using.
Kinesio taping was developed by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in the 1970s. The principle is to activate and support the process of tissue healing and normalization of movement patterns.
Kinesio tape is a stretchy tape made of fabric and acrylic adhesive, used in rehabilitation and sports medicine. Kinesio taping normalizes muscle function and helps support muscle damaged by overload or trauma and restores weakened muscle function. The effect of taping is created by its proper placement on the area to be treated.
The effects of kinesio taping:
- muscle relaxant, inhibitory or activating → balancing muscle activity
- improvement of blood microcirculation
- activation of lymphatic system
- affecting the function of fascias
- activation of analgesic systems
- improving joint mechanics, reducing loads and normalizing movement patterns
- activation of mechano-receptors and proprioception → pain relief, joint support
- softening of fibrotic tissue.
Repeated appointment with the same physiotherapist takes 25-30 minutes. Repeated appointments are made at a time determined by the physiotherapist.
To achieve the desired results, follow the advice of a therapist at home and do exercises according to the exercise plan.
Our health centre has physiotherapists who have graduated physiotherapy from University of Tartu and meet the professional qualification level 6 of the physiotherapist professional standard.
Our physiotherapists are experienced in solving different problems and can advise and find the right solutions for you.
See the prices of physiotherapy from our website here.
You can book a physiotherapist appointment here.
Our physiotherapy service also includes a variety of apparatus-based recovery procedures.
Combined with manual techniques, gymnastics and apparatus-based procedures, it is possible to effectively improve muscle mobility and restore movement and support functions. Muscle pain (back, neck and shoulder pain) can be alleviated by vibration muscle training.
Vibration therapy is a form of therapy that uses whole-body-vibration to enhance physical health and well-being. It has been around for over 20 years and is now widely accepted in the fields of physiotherapy, rehabilitation and sports medicine for the treatment of different illnesses and injuries.
We also offer vibration therapy in our health centre. Read more about vibrotherapy training here.