Physiotherapy helps manage pain, balance, mobility, and motor function in patients with many types of conditions or limitations. Physiotherapists develop customised programs designed to restore as much as possible a patient’s functional ability and movement.
The health benefits are multiple, and include the:
- Prevention of health issues and discomforts.
- Reduction of negative symptoms such as pain and muscle inflammation, as well as dermatological disorders such as acne or psoriasis.
- Reduction of damage caused by degenerative diseases such as ALS, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.
- Strengthening of muscles, bones and joints in order to improve flexibility and movement.
- Overall increase in quality of life.
The most frequent reasons why patients see a physiotherapist are joint and muscle pain, neck pain, fatigue, headaches and bone marrow lesions.
Hospital Ochoa has the only physiotherapy center in Marbella specialised in manual lymphatic drainage.
Lymphatic drainage is part of massage therapy and is performed by applying gentle pressure in certain areas of the body in order to improve the lymphatic system’s functioning. Benefits include the elimination of toxins, regulation of fluids, enhancement of the immune system and improvement of the circulatory system.
This technique is recommended for people with:
- Lymphedema as a result of oncological treatments.
- Leg edemas as a result of liver or kidney problems, or an operation, or patients who have been bedridden for some time.
- Varicose veins.
- High blood pressure.
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- Stress or anxiety.
- Swollen or tired legs.
Manual lymphatic drainage is but one of the many techniques carried out by the team of physiotherapists at Hospital Ochoa in Marbella. They also cover areas such as sports physiotherapy, osteopathy, dry needling, neurorehabilitation, pediatric manual therapy or Pilates applied to physiotherapy.
- Kinesiotherapy: This therapeutic treatment literally means “movement therapy” and employs passive and active muscular movements to achieve physical improvement and restore functional capacities.
- Massage therapy: A number of different manual techniques aimed at rehabilitating physical injuries, including the aforementioned manual lymphatic drainage. This therapy covers aesthetic issues as well as clinical and emotional ones.
- Orthopedic manual therapy: Serves to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries in the neck, back, hips, shoulders or knees.
- Analytical stretching: These exercises are used in the treatment of muscular, tendon, bone and ligament disorders. They help recover the elasticity, extensibility and flexibility of soft tissue.
- Postural re-education: Through various stretching exercises called “postures”, the pain caused by muscle contractures and blockages, and even deformities of the spine such as scoliosis, are eliminated.
- Functional and neuromuscular bandages: These adhesive strips are applied mostly in cases of sport and physical injuries. Functional bandages help align joints in shoulders, wrists, elbows, ankles, knees, hips or back, by limiting their movement. Neuromuscular bandages raise the skin in order to increase the subcutaneous space and reduce fluid extravasation.
Therapeutic physical agents
- Thermotherapy and cryotherapy: These techniques use heat and cold to reduce rheumatic pain. They act as anti-inflammatories and analgesic for some types of injuries such as sprains, and they may also help eliminate skin tumors.
- Electrotherapy and ultrasound therapy: Electric currents and ultrasound waves enhance neuromuscular action in certain parts of the body, thereby improving tissue nutrition and maintenance, and also possess analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Magnet therapy and phototherapy: This therapeutic method can be applied to bone disorders, inflammatory issues or muscular injuries. Electromagnetic fields stimulate the cells and thus restore their correct electrical potential. The physiological changes it provokes on the body have been demonstrated to produce regenerative effects.
- Dry needling: The mechanical stimulus of a needle is used as a physical agent to treat myofascial pain syndrome (MPS). It is called dry because no chemical agents are used, and it is very effective in treating muscle weakness, movement restriction, incoordination, fatigue and muscle spasm, as well as producing muscle relaxation and recovery.