Manual techniques

Gentle treatment techniques carried out by our professional physiotherapists who can help treat postoperative conditions by mechanical pressure on the affected area for quicker body recovery.

Mobilization techniques

Mobilization techniques are used for the recovery of joint mobility in a specific malfunction. Mobilization techniques remove functional blockades of musculoskeletal system resulting from various causes. The objective is to remove restrictions of movement and create the best conditions for gradual recovery of the impaired function. Mobilization of joints ranks among the most important components in the release of the affected joints. It is an essential part in restoring full functional range of motion.

Mobilization can be carried out at all joints of the body. Mobilization is the method often used in re-education of the impaired locomotive activity. It is performed by physiotherapists without patient’s help, so it can also be called a passive method.

It is used especially in injuries of acral or proximal joints, which may be manifested as:

  • shoulder pain
  • knee pain
  • ankle pain
  • pain in the upper or lower limb
  • and also in diagnoses with the aim of restoring the impaired locomotive activity

Mobilization helps to release joint tension, and thereby helps to increase its range of motion. Mobilization techniques and soft techniques are used as an effective combination therapy of one of the passive methods of rehabilitation with the aim of restoring limb motion to its original state. It is an essential part of physiotherapy. Promotion of blood circulation in the affected segment results in improved joint nutrition and a more rapid convalescence.

Soft techniques

It is a therapeutic method of rehabilitation we apply in order to release the soft tissues of the skin, subcutaneous tissue, fascia and muscles. These are carried out wherever their movement is limited and where there is increased tension. Mechanical pressure increases blood circulation and achieves relaxation. Soft techniques are also used for convalesce at the scars in postoperative patients. It accelerates healing and prevents growing to the surrounding tissue.

Soft techniques can be applied to any stiff body parts, most common ones are:

  • cervical spine and interscapular area
  • joints, upper and lower extremities
  • stiff muscles, most often neck muscles
  • shortened blade muscles
  • back muscles
  • postoperative scars
  • spots with excess tension due to stress or trauma

This method is performed by a physiotherapist with their hands to relax and promote blood circulation in the problem areas.

The effect of soft techniques is noticeable immediately after the treatment and it is manifested by heat and relaxed feeling.

Soft techniques are suitable for problems with the back, frequent problems with the sciatic nerve, for patients in acute condition, but also for athletes under active recovery.  They are suitable for anyone who feels pain, muscle tension and stress.

Post-isometric relaxation – PIR

This is a therapy which is used in the occurrence of muscle dysfunction. It facilitates release of shortened muscles and spasms. The method utilizes changes between the increased tension and relaxation, when it comes to a spontaneous extension of the muscle.

PIR is the most commonly used relaxation technique within manual rehabilitation. In short, we speak of isometric contraction of overactive muscle, which is followed by relaxation. After relaxation we are waiting whether there is actual release and we make a move in the direction of the overactive muscle.

In certain phases of treatment, an important role is played by breathing, which affects physiological muscle tone throughout the body. This treatment method can affect muscle fibers with increased tension and so called trigger points (painful trigger points) in the muscles.

Antigravity relaxation - AGR

The gist of antigravity relaxation method is the use of the earth's gravity as a natural resistance.  Its aim is to achieve subsequent relaxation and simultaneous release of painful spasms in the muscles. It allows for removal or relief of musculoskeletal pain.

If the patient's possibilities permit, the physiotherapist prepares home exercises for the patient with brief instructions. Post-isometric relaxation has no contraindications.

AGR method is based on post-isometric relaxation and adheres to the same principles. Therapist’s resistance is replaced by gravity of Earth. 

PIR and AGR are often used when there are problems with the cervical spine, perceived by the patient as:

  • stiff nuchal muscles
  • headache and migraine

Manual lymphatic drainage

This is a special technique focused on the lymphatic system. Strokes are performed in a circular and spiral motion at a slow rate on the skin and subcutaneous tissue. They positively affect the lymphatic system and lymph nodes. Manual lymphatic drainage relieves lymph swelling, pain and fatigue of limbs, cellulite and helps to detoxify the body.

Manual lymphatic drainage is not suitable for some unfavorable medical conditions. It is not suitable for clients with cancer, diseases of the heart, liver, kidney, but also in acute bacterial and viral diseases, and acute venous diseases, or uncontrolled hypertension.

Manual face lifting

This is anon-invasive manual method aimed at increased blood circulation and optical lifting of facial features. Facial contours will be more flexible and more beautiful. The result is firmer skin, free of symptoms of fatigue and everyday concerns manifested in the facial expressions.

Manual face lifting is rejuvenating, non-surgical treatment performed by the therapist by means of manual face massage. Gentle circular motions promote blood supply to the muscles of the face that are involved in the formation of expression lines. The skin in the major areas of the face is lifted, and thus looks younger, fresh and softer to the touch. This massage is applied to the skin surface, but also to the deeper layers, and provides superior results in lifting the flabby face parts.

The treatment starts the overall regeneration process. The result is visible immediately after the treatment; the skin is firmer and stretched. Promotion of blood supports formation of collagen, which is lost with age and the process of skin becoming flabby is slowed down. Areas suitable for treatment are around the eyes, forehead, cheeks, around the ears, neck.

After regular massage, facial skin looks rested and is ready to resist the external pressures easier. It is suitable for all ages, for anyone who wants to relax and feel better.