From the Greek physis, “nature” and therapeia, “therapy”, physiotherapy (also known as physical therapy) uses a physical approach to “repair” damage caused by illness or injury, through traditional or ultra-modern techniques. Physiotherapy also helps patients who have experienced trauma, an accident or a disabling condition to make optimal use of their ability to move and function.
Our physiotherapists bring a wide range of expertise, thanks to which we can meet patient needs in areas as diverse as neurology, oncology, geriatric care and sports injury. Each year, all our therapists follow in-service training. This contributes to their professional development and ensures we stay at the cutting edge of physical therapy techniques and new technologies.
A multi-disciplinary geriatric evaluation therefore makes it possible to make a detailed assessment of the patient’s state of health and autonomy upon admission. A personalized care program adapted to his state of health will then be offered to the patient. The management of geriatric syndromes specific to elderly patients (confusion, sarcopenia, skin risk, risk of undernutrition, risk related to drug interactions, for example) is essential and requires teams trained and made aware of these issues. They make it possible to coordinate care, set realistic goals and ensure preparation for return home and avoid entry into nursing homes.
An occupational therapist is a health professional who focuses on the connection between activity and health. They are primarily concerned with activities of daily living (ADL)
The occupational therapist works on interactions between the patient’s motor skills, sensorial capacity, mental capacity and cognitive capacity, and their physical and social environment. They develop a personal programme that takes into account the individual’s capacities, environment, lifestyle and wishes, with emphasis on relearning skills and activities that are of special importance to the patient.
The patient and their family are at the heart of the programme, as only they know what they need in their day-to-day lives. The therapist adapts to each individual case to improve quality of life for the patient and their loved ones.
Our therapy pool is fitted with a lift so that patients with limited mobility can safely access the water. Aquatic therapy is a useful complement to the patient’s regular therapy programme. For example, patients can gradually increase weight bearing through walking exercises in the pool. Water helps build muscle strength by providing resistance. Because it is an almost weightless environment, exercising in water also contributes to improved joint movement and neuromuscular facilitation. Warmer temperatures and massaging jets promote relaxation and drainage.
Our experienced sports therapists are fully qualified to design programmes that take advantage of the clinic’s state-of-the-art equipment, including for post-injury rehabilitation, post-competition recovery, targeted physical preparation, preparation for competitions or when returning to sport.
After conducting a full speech-language assessment, the speech therapist sets out a treatment plan in consultation with the patient and, if required, their family.
This includes exercises which the patient can practice autonomously. The therapist can also provide support for the patient’s family, including advice on how to cope day-to-day, and how to maintain communication as a vital part of social interaction, thus preventing the patient from becoming isolated.
Diet and nutrition
Denutrition remains a major problem for both older and younger patients in rehabilitation. Addressing this issue is essential to achieving optimal outcomes. Our resident dietitian assesses the patient’s condition and puts together a tailored diet plan.
Expertise in clinical nutrition :
- Carry out a nutritional diagnosis / set objectives based on patient pathology
- Adapt textures and diets as closely to the patient’s usual eating habits as possible, limiting the need for dietary supplements
- Specific enteral nutrition by nasogastric tube, PEG or jejunostomy
- Parenteral nutrition by peripheral or central intravenous
- Treatment of severe protein energy malnutrition through diet enrichment, fractioning meals or dietary supplements
- Nutritional readaptation in cases of post-operation, aplasia, autotransplantation, oncology, diabetes, cirrhosis, dialysis, etc. Gradual refeeding protocol, adapted to individual patient tolerance
- Treatment of eating disorders
- Consultation with medical and paramedical personnel
- Consultation with kitchen personnel for menus
- Nutritional education: enable patients to understand and live with their pathology on a daily basis and adapt their dietary choices
The neuropsychologist uses validated psychometric tests to evaluate the extent and nature of cognitive (such as memory, attention or language), emotional and behavioural disorders that are linked to brain structures. This evaluation contributes to the patient diagnosis and, in certain cases, can be used to establish a neuropsychological rehabilitation programme.