Physiotherapy

I am a Swiss qualified physiotherapist, fully licensed in Spain and practicing in Ibiza for the last 17 years. I work with patients of all ages with any kind of physical disease or complaints, after any kind of accidents or surgery.

If you have private health insurance and on medical prescription, physiotherapy sessions should be reimbursed.

Location and services

We are located at the Pilates & Physiotherapy Studio in Santa Gertrudis – Calle Venda de Llatzer 11 (opposite la Caixa bank) and at the Euroclinic of Dr. Giwer in San Carlos (opposite la Caixa bank).

On request you can book  physical therapy sessions at the comfort of where you are staying, at your home or on your yaht.

 

Manual Therapy / joint and back mobilisation

Manual therapy is a  “hands-on” treatment that may include moving joints in specific directions and at different speeds to regain movement (joint mobilization and manipulation), muscle stretching, passive movements of the affected body part, or having the patient move the body part against the therapist’s resistance to improve muscle activation and timing. Selected specific soft tissue techniques may also be used to improve the mobility and function of tissue and muscles which are intended to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion of the joint complex; mobilize or manipulate soft tissues and joints; induce relaxation; change muscle function; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation or movement restriction.

Trigger point therapy

Trigger point myotherapy, also known as neuromuscular therapy or sometimes massage therapy consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. Pressure is applied with the fingers, knuckles, and/or elbow in ten to thirty second intervals to effectively alleviate the muscle spasm. Neuromuscular therapy works by relaxing the muscle in order to release stored lactic acid and encourage blood and oxygen circulation to the muscle to avoid the production of more lactic acid. The therapeutic pressure and massage typically produces initial soreness and “good pain” in muscle tissue.    Trigger point is a sensitive area in the muscle or connective tissue (fascia) that becomes painful when compressed. Pressing on a trigger point can cause referred pain and can help identify the external area in the body generating the pain. On the other hand, trigger points can also be a point from which pain radiates throughout the muscle and fascia causing myofascial pain syndromes.

Myofascial Release Therapy

Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle. Fascia supports and protects these structures. Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion  improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions.

Sports physiotherapy

A specialised branch of physiotherapy which deals with injuries and issues related to sports people. Sports injuries do differ to everyday injuries. Athletes normally require high level performance and demand placed upon their body, which stresses their muscles, joints and bones to the limit.  Sports physiotherapists help athletes recover from sporting injuries, and provide education and resources to prevent problems.   Sports physiotheapy is dedicated to sports men and women of all ages engaged in sports at any level of competition.

Sports massage

Is addressed to specific needs of athletes, it consists of  Swedish massage, cross-fiber friction massage, deep compression massage, and trigger point therapy. It can be done during training, before or after events, to enhance performance, or promote healing postinjury.

Electrotherapy for pain relief

Electrotherapy is a form of medical treatment, which uses small electrical impulses to repair tissue, stimulate muscles and increase sensations and muscle strength. The benefits of electrotherapy are wide-ranging and include a more advanced healing process, a more effective circulatory system and increased muscle tone. The effects of electrotherapy include a reduction in pain, increased strength, increased range of movement, increased speed and strength of muscle contractions and an increased rate of absorption.

Electro stimulation therapy

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromyostimulation, is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. EMS has received increasing attention in the last few years because of its potential to serve as a strength training tool for healthy subjects and athletes, a rehabilitation and preventive tool for partially or totally immobilized patients, a testing tool for evaluating the neural and/or muscular function in vivo, and a post-exercise recovery tool for athletes. The impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes on the skin in direct proximity to the muscles to be stimulated. The impulses mimic the action potential coming from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract. The electrodes are pads that adhere to the skin. The use of EMS has been cited by sports scientists as a complementary technique for sports training and published research is available on the results obtained.

Ultrasound therapy

Ultrasound is applied using a round-headed wand or probe that is put in direct contact with the patient’s skin. Therapeutic ultrasound is in the frequency range of about 0.8-3.0 MHz.  The waves are generated by a piezoelectric effect caused by the vibration of crystals within the head of the wand/probe. The sound waves that pass through the skin cause a vibration of the local tissues. Its effects are an increase in tissue relaxation, local blood flow, and scar tissue breakdown. The effect of the increase in local blood flow can be used to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation, and, according to some studies, promote bone fracture healing.  It can also be used to achieve phonophoresis.

Kinesio taping

The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, it alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.

Hot stone therapy

Hot Stones are dark lava stones, which store warmth for a long time to release to the body. They provide relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic diseases causing physical pain and muscle cramps. They reduce chronic stress and tension, increase flexibility of the joints and improve blood circulation.

Neuroligical physiotherapy

Damage to your central nervous system, including your brain and spinal cord, means that the messages from your brain are not reaching the affected parts of your body. This can result in loss of movement and sensation, uncoordinated movement, weak and floppy muscles, spasm and tremor. Neurological Physiotherapy is able to kick-start the message pathways that your brain is struggling to use, to make new pathways through repetitive actions and exercises. We offer treatment for all neurological conditions, including stroke, head injuries, spinal cord injuries and Parkinson’s.

Physiotherapy for children

Physiotherapy for children and adolescents who have been injured or who have movement problems from a disease or disability are welcome with us. We teach children exercises in a playful way to help them find strength and joy in movement. Recommended for children with pain associated with muscle tension, sports injuries, postural issues, neurological disorders, orthopedic disabilities and injuries, heart and lung diseases, birth defects (eg spina bifida) and genetic disorders.

Manual lymphatic drainage / bandaging

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure  and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.

Infrared light therapy

Infrared radiation is a convenient system to heat parts of our body. It has the advantage over direct contact in that radiation can heat directly the area where the blood capillaries and neuron terminals are. When heat comes from a direct contact source it has to heat the external layer of the skin, and heat is transferred to the deeper layer by conduction. Since heat conduction needs a temperature gradient to proceed, and there is a maximum temperature that can be safely used (around 42 °C), this means lower temperature where warming is needed.