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Kinaesthetic physical therapy

Kinaesthetic physical therapy is a form of treatment involving movement and therapeutic exercises. This field of physiotherapy is based on physical exercises. Movement is a therapeutic agent, affecting the entire organism.

ACTIVE RESISTANCE EXERCISES – HEALTH AND PHYSICAL MOBILITY 

The aim of these exercises is to increase muscular strength and effort capacity to the level characteristic of healthy muscles. The exercises involve joint movements, performed independently with the simultaneous application of additional external resistance.  Load-reducing therapy with resistance usually involves the use of a load-reducing weight, and a system of cables, pulleys or cuffs. Bands, springs, manual resistance, dumbbells, rubber bands and inclined planes may also be used.

Results of the exercises:

  • Stronger muscles,
  • Improved endurance,
  • Improved effort capacity,
  • Formed muscles,
  • Weight loss,
  • Improved well-being.

LOAD-REDUCING THERAPY – HEALTH, PHYSICAL MOBILITY, AND PAIN RELIEF 

These exercises prevent muscle atrophy and build muscle strength, enabling the free movement of a limb or its parts. They also enable a full range of movement in joints by supporting the proper elasticity of the muscles controlling a given joint, of the ligaments and other structures. The methods of load reduction include: suspending the exercised limb, reducing surface friction, immersion of the patient in water, and supporting the exercised limb by the physiotherapist. Exercises with load reduction do not cause additional strain to the joints.

Results of the exercises:

  • Improved functionality,
  • Stronger muscles,
  • Improved general mobility,
  • Improved quality of life.

HUBBARD TANK THERAPY – HEALTH, PHYSICAL MOBILITY, AND PAIN RELIEF 

This is another type of exercise in water.  The therapy is conducted in special kinaesthetic therapy bathtubs that enable a full range of motion of the upper and lower limbs. The exercises are passive or active.

Results of the exercises:

  • Restored function,
  • Stronger muscles,
  • Improved functionality,
  • Regained independence,
  • Improved quality of life.

INDIVIDUAL EXERCISES AND EXERCISES WITH INSTRUMENTS – HEALTH, PHYSICAL MOBILITY, AND ENDURANCE 

These exercises are adjusted to the patient's current functional ability and conditions. They are used in diseases of the bone and joint systems, as well as for the muscular, nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

Results of the exercises:

  • Improved general mobility,
  • Reduced pain,
  • Improved effort capacity.

CARDIOLOGICAL EXERCISES – HEALTH, PHYSICAL MOBILITY, AND EFFORT CAPACITY 

These are special exercises used after a myocardial infarction, for coronary disease and hypertension, after cardiosurgical procedures, for cardiovascular diseases with circulatory efficiency and with relative coronary efficiency.

Results of the exercises:

  • Improved general physical mobility,
  • Increased heart and cardiovascular efficiency,
  • Prevention of the effects of physical immobility.

GROUP EXERCISES – HEALTH, PHYSICAL MOBILITY AND ENDURANCE, AND EFFORT CAPACITY 

These are group exercises adapted to the needs of the participants. Professionally supervised exercises are the most important element of physiotherapy. Their purpose is to increase the range of movement and muscular strength, improve effort capacity, the efficiency of the organisms and all the systems whose function has been impaired due to disease or injury.

Results of the exercises:

  • Improved effort capacity,
  • Improved general mobility,
  • Reduced pain,
  • Weight loss.

COMPRESSION THERAPY – HEALTH, IMPROVED FUNCTIONING, AND PHYSICAL MOBILITY 

This is one of the elements in comprehensive antioedema therapy, and consists in applying compression with the use of special bandages. It is important that compression therapy in any form is introduced in a professional way, by a qualified personnel.

Results of the compression therapy:

  • Removal of venous and lymphatic stasis,
  • Improved quality of life,
  • Prophylaxis of complications related to inflammation,
  • Reduced body weight.

MONITORED BIKE TRAINING (AT INTERVALS) – HEALTH, EFFORT CAPACITY, AND ENDURANCE 

The training room has 16 bikes with continuous monitoring of the cardiac activity, heart rate, and arterial pressure. Training sessions take approximately 20 minutes. The load is chosen individually for each patient, according to the test results and clinical condition. Electrodes are attached to the patient's body, as well as a cuff for arterial blood pressure. During the training the load can be modified, according to effort tolerance. The ECG record is displayed on the computer screen, as well as arterial blood pressure and heart rate. The training is used primarily for patients with cardiac diseases, after angioplasty, as well as for people with an implanted cardiac stimulator or cardioverter-defibrillator, or those with hypertension and arrhythmias.

Results of the training:

  • Improved effort capacity,
  • Improved quality of life,
  • Improved well-being,
  • Restored mobility.

WALKING CLASSES – HEALTH, PHYSICAL MOBILITY, IMPROVED FUNCTIONING, AND INDEPENDENCE 

A physiotherapist introduces a special programme of walking re-education, which eliminates gait defects. Walking classes as a form of activity are individual. The therapy involves exercises using rails, moving in a wheelchair, walking with a walker, then with crutches, and, at an advanced stage, on a treadmill with different speed and slope settings. Special handrails and paths are also used.

Results of the classes:

  • Improved quality of life,
  • Regained independence,
  • Improved general mobility.

NORDIC WALKING – HEALTH, PHYSICAL MOBILITY, EFFORT CAPACITY, AND CONTACT WITH NATURE 

This is the most natural form of physical activity. Nordic walking uses marching or walking, while the shoulder girdle is mobilised by using special sticks. Nordic walking facilitates climbing hills. Marching with sticks reduces the pressure on the shins, knees, hips and back, the load on the joints is also decreased. A Nordic walker burns more calories than during traditional walking or running.

Results of the classes:

  • Stronger muscles,
  • Improved endurance,
  • Weight loss,
  • Increased vitality,
  • Improved functionality.

GYM – BEAUTY, BODY SHAPING, AND PHYSICAL MOBILITY 

The gym offers resistance exercises with the use of adapted equipment. Strength training is developed by a therapist, individually for each patient.

Results of the exercises: 

  • Stronger muscles,
  • Improved endurance,
  • Improved effort capacity,
  • Formed muscles,
  • Weight loss,
  • Improved well-being.

MANUAL THERAPY (THE MULLIGAN CONCEPT) – PAIN RELIEF AND IMPROVEMENT OF MOTOR FUNCTIONS 

This is a special diagnostic and therapeutic method which uses different techniques directly affecting the joint, as well as the neuromuscular system indirectly. The Mulligan concept is based on the complete painlessness of the techniques used in kinaesthetic physical therapy. It uses combinations of passive and active movements in the same joint, repeated an appropriate number of times.

Results of the therapy:

  • Restored full mobility,
  • Improved quality of life,
  • Improved functionality.