Massages / Physical Therapy
Manual lymph drainage is one of the most important measures of physical decongestive therapy. Specific rhythmic, pumping massage techniques lead to an increase of lymphatic return flow. This results in the elimination of lymphatic congestion (increased accumulation of tissue fluids) which may occur in the course of disorders or diseases such as:
- lymphoedema (of a primary or secondary type)
- traumatic oedema e.g. after surgery
- Morbus Sudeck
- phleboedema (of a venous or post-thrombotic type)
- rheumatic oedema
- chronic inflammatory oedema
- radiation damage
- inactivity oedema (in case of paralysis)
- idiopathic oedema
Contrary to conventional massage, the tissue fluids are guided back through the lymphatic system into blood circulation using level massage techniques with a slight pressure of the hands in a certain order depending on the medical condition, without causing or increasing pain. After lymph drainage, compression treatment with bandages is carried out in many cases in order to support the fluid transport and prevent the formation of repeated oedema in the tissue.
Classic massage, which has existed since antiquity, helps further perfusion, relieve tension, reduce pain and increase general well-being.
It is applied particularly in case of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, accumulation of tension, muscle pain, neurological disorders and general overstraining.
In addition, we also perform cross-fibre massage in case of local irritations of muscles or tendons and connecting tissue massage in case of disorders of the autonomic nervous system.
Acupuncture point massage acc. to Penzel
The therapeutic approach of acupuncture point massage (APM) is based on the assumption that all disorders can be attributed to disturbances in the flow of energy. Identifying and eliminating existing disturbing factors is a central aspect here, which is facilitated by the introduction of Yin and Yang meridians.
At first, in APM, an energetic diagnosis is made which is primarily based on the question whether the symptoms can be attributed to excess energy (Yang: fever, inflammation…) or a lack of energy (Yin: degenerative disorders) of the supplying meridian.
Accordingly, therapy is always performed using toning stimuli along the energetically undersupplied meridians.
This way, a stimulus is deliberately placed in a closed system thereby forcing the organism to regulate its disturbed flow of energy, which may result in certain reactions. During the next 24-48 hours, the patient may feel an increase and decrease in symptoms until the energetical balance has been restored. Willy Penzel called this reaction the ‘ebb and flow effect’.
After an energetic treatment, it can be expected that the patient will be able to make many movements with less pain, which has a positive effect on recovery. A big advantage of this form of therapy is that the cause of disease is treated and not just the symptoms, so that a harmonic dynamic energy balance can be restored, which according to Traditional Chinese Medicine is a prerequisite for a healthy and functional body.
Electrotherapy helps improve perfusion and reduce pain, and serves both for stimulation and relaxation and easing of the muscles.
Electrotherapy can be applied both in acute state and during a chronic course of disease.
Depending on the indication, the therapist chooses from the various forms of electric current. Iontophoresis, where ion-containing drugs (e.g. Voltaren) are administered through the skin into the tissue using an electric current, and the simultaneous procedure of ultrasound and electro-stimulation therapy, which is used for treating trigger points, for example, are special electrotherapeutic procedures.
We apply the following types of current:
- direct current such as galvanic current and iontophoresis
- medium frequency such as interferential current
- low frequency such as Faradic current
- threshold current stimulator
- transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation
- exponential current
- dynamic current
- ultrastimulation current
- high frequency such as ultrasound
- ultrasound combined with diadynamics
Thermotherapy comprises the application of both heat and cold. Depending on the application, this therapy reduces pain or tension or inhibits inflammation.
Our range of services in this area comprises:
- hot role
- natural mud packs
- hot air