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Aquatherapy /Hydro TherapyAqua therapy refers to water-based treatments or exercises by a physiotherapist, in particular for relaxation, fitness, and physical rehabilitation. Treatments and exercises are performed while floating, partially submerged, or fully submerged in water.
Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) SystemsArguably, the most well-known alternative communication system would be that of the late Stephen Hawking. He was unable to speak but he was able to control a computer system using his eyes. The computer was essentially his voice. This is an example of a high tech AAC system but low-tech options are just as beneficial and empowering. In fact, many people who start using alternative, augmentative communication (AAC) systems start with a simple communication board. It is important that every person be given a means to communicate which is unique to them and their situation.
Biodex unweighing systemThe loss of the ability to walk can be one of the most debilitating aspects of many neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. Partial Body Weight Supported Therapy has shown great promise in helping a wide variety of impaired patients as they relearn walking function.
Dark Room Sensory ModulationMotivation to be involved in one’s daily activities depends largely on the senses (Kristen Meyer). Cognitive psychologists suggest that the main ingredient of the intellectual phenomenon is sensory stimulation that allows a human being to apprehend through its senses its environment and respond towards it.
Dry NeedlingDry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, has little research to prove its effectiveness, and is similar to acupuncture. It involves the use of either solid needles or hollow-core hypodermic needles for therapy of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)The use of NMES with functional activity or training is referred to as functional electrical stimulation (FES). Drop foot, which is sometimes called foot drop, is a muscular weakness or paralysis which makes it difficult to lift the foot whilst walking.
Functional MobilityDisability, or limitation in the ability to carry out basic functional daily activities, becomes increasingly common with advancing age.
Gait Rehabilitation / Re-educationWalking is something we take for granted but includes not only walking indoors but over a variety of different terrains, walking up and down slopes, stepping up and down curbs, negotiating uneven and unstable surfaces, changing direction and speed and being able to cope with crowds of people and being bumped. This ability is life enriching and a basic part of our everyday lives.
Geriatric RehabilitationDisability, or limitation in the ability to carry out basic functional daily activities, becomes increasingly common with advancing age.
Lokomat / Robotic WalkingThe Lokomat one form of robot gait retraining is available at the Aucklandpark branch of Rita Henn and Partners in Johannesburg. The Lokomat robotic treadmill training system uses a body weight support system to suspend a person while their legs are attached to robotic legs that assist with walking.
Modified Barium Swallow (MBS)Modified barium swallows (MBS) are also known as videofluoroscopy or video swallow studies. A speech therapist will assess a person’s ability to swallow at the bedside or over mealtimes. This assessment gives some useful information but in order to get a more objective view of the person’s unique and specific swallowing abilities and difficulties, as with international standards, a modified barium swallow study is often also recommended.
Motor RelearningThe Motor Relearning Programme (MRP) is a treatment approach that was developed by the Australian physiotherapists Janet Carr and Roberta Shepherd. It is a task-oriented approach to improving control of movement, focusing on the relearning of daily activities. It is strongly based on theories in kinesiology.
Myofascial ReleaseMyofascial Release is a safe and effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This important “time element” has to do with a low load (gentle pressure) applied through the skin slowly allowing the fascia to elongate.
Paediatric RehabilitationWelcome to the start of your child’s rehabilitation journey. You will receive a lot of information in the coming days. Caregivers, well-meaning friends, the internet, support groups and other families are all good sources of information, but it’s a lot to take in. Don’t try to learn everything at once. Rely on your professional team to guide you through the steps, day by day.
Physical RehabilitationPhysical rehabilitation, is a discipline concerned with the evaluation, treatment, and coordination of care for persons with multiple musculoskeletal injuries, pain syndromes, and/or other neurological, physical, communicative and cognitive impairment and disabilities.
Pressure Mapping SystemThe SIT Lab makes use of the dedicated expertise of rehabilitation therapists from various fields (physiotherapy and occupational therapy), in the use of this state of the art technology. This technology is in the form of the Force Sensitive Application™, or FSA.
SaeboflexSaebo is a company in the USA who are at the forefront of innovative Upper Limb rehabilitation after a neurological incident. At Rita Henn and Partners we are fortunate to have a Saeboflex trained clinician. The SaeboFlex and SaeboReach are devices that allow individuals suffering from neurological impairments, such as stroke, the ability to incorporate their arm and hand functionally in therapy and at home.
SIT Lab (Seating Clinic) / Force Sensitive ApplicationThe SIT Lab makes use of the dedicated expertise of rehabilitation therapists from various fields, in the use of state of the art technology. This technology is in the form of the Force Sensitive Application™, or FSA. Use of the FSA System enables the clinicians to make an informed decision regarding pressure distribution, postural symmetry and the effectiveness of the seating system and pressure relief in an objective and scientific manner.
Spinal Cord Injury Interventions (Spinal Unit)The back (vertebral column) consists of 24 vertebrae or bones, which is referred to by their region (e.g. cervical (C), thoracic (T), lumbar (L), and sacrum), and by number counting the bones in the region from their position to the head (i.e. C7 or T4). The sacrum and coccyx are seen as one bone, though there are 5 sacral nerve roots.
Swallowing TherapyModified barium swallows (MBS) are also known as videofluoroscopy or video swallow studies. A speech therapist will assess a person’s ability to swallow at the bedside or over mealtimes. This assessment gives some useful information but in order to get a more objective view of the person’s unique and specific swallowing abilities and difficulties, as with international standards, a modified barium swallow study is often also recommended.
Upper Limb Evaluation / Assessments and TreatmentAt RHP rehabilitation therapy emphasizes functional activity in training, and makes use of international research guidelines for the use of therapeutic tools and principles. Both the occupational therapist and physiotherapist need to assess the upper limb (UL) for possible return of function.
Vocational RehabilitationThe simplest definition of vocational rehabilitation was described as “Whatever helps someone with a health problem to stay at, return to and remain in work”.
Weight-bearing TherapyWeight bearing therapy is one of the fundamentals of both physiotherapy and occupational therapy rehabilitation for a patient with upper or lower limb impairments. Once a comprehensive assessment has been completed and appropriate goals set in conjunction with the patient, the specific exercises will be decided upon. Whether for the upper or lower limb, weight bearing is considered a mainstay of therapy.
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