The complexity and effectiveness of paraplegia therapy is often overlooked.
The goal is to develop and ensure that patients have the highest degree of independence and flexibility in their social and cultural environment. Various physical and technical requirements have to be met and developed to achieve this goal.
- Sufficient mobility of the lower extremities to ensure transfers (wheelchair-bed, wheelchair-floor) without being impaired by missing or paralyzed limbs
- Balance feeling in multiple sitting positions and on all-fours all the way to standing upright (in the case of incomplete paraplegia)
- Strength and dexterity in the unaffected regions to manage transfers
- Cardiovascular stability in all necessary everyday situations and beyond
- Learning and relearning of movement patterns to repurpose partially or fully paralyzed parts of the body for everyday use even if that means using pathologic, in the classic sense, movement patterns.
- Skill in the use of aids and everyday items including wheelchairs, transfer boards, walking aids, rail systems, handcycles etc.
We hope that you will see life in a wheelchair not as a hindrance but as a new challenge and we would love to open up new ways for you to approach and beat it. We are cooperating with key partners which are indispensable when it comes to paraplegia therapy.
The therapy and care of people with neurological disorders requires that the practicing therapist has the highest degree of expertise in the various areas of physical and ergo therapy. But they are also a chance for therapists to accompany people on their way back to independence and experience challenges and successes together.
The NOZ therefore requires that every employee, besides having training in a neurological concept (PNF, Bobath, Vojta) be a certified manual, lymph drainage and N.A.P. therapist to provide the best possible care. Furthermore, the training of capable contact partners within our team, for example in the area of therapeutic aid provision, is an important part of our work philosophy. Cooperation with key partners, just like in paraplegia therapy, is the foundation for success.
Neurological specializations for the following pathologies:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Infantile Brain Damage
- Parkinson’s disease
- Peripheral Nerve Damage
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Craniomandibular Dysfunction (CMD)
Pain or limited movement are not the only symptoms of mandibular joint dysfunction but also shoulder and neck problems, headaches, even back and knee pain can originate from it. To determine such a dysfunction a professional diagnosis by a physical therapist and dentist specialized in functional rail therapy is required.
The dentist then works on permanently removing malocclusions (bite disorder) which in turn lessen accompanying symptoms in other regions of the body.
Our treatment concept for physical therapy is based on the N.A.P. concept. This treatment concept strives to not only treat the mandibular joint dysfunctions themselves, but also the causes that lead to them. Surrounding structures in the neck and shoulder muscles, that exert influence on the joint mechanism, are treated by a therapist depending on the problems present in everyday situations. For example, while pinched nerves are mobilized tensed up muscles are returned to a physiologically acceptable degree. All of this has to be combined with active participation on the side of the patient to ensure a treatment that resembles real life as close as possible.