Rehabilitation and Manual Therapy

Rehabilitation aims to maximise functional independence toward stabilisation of the function, reduction of the disability and prevention of secondary complications through an educational process that encourages the independence of the individual.





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"Rehabilitation aims to maximise functional independence towards stabilisation of the function, reduction of disability and prevention of secondary complications through an educational process that encourages the independence of the individual. In other words it is a process of proactive change by which a disabled person acquires and uses the knowledge and abilities necessary to making his or her physical, psychological and social functions optimal" (Thompson, 1998).

Rehabilitation therefore is not a synonym of physical therapy, but a rehabilitative path useful to improving the individual’s quality of life through targeted exercises that can improve motor performance aiming at reducing the disability.

In the rehabilitative area you can do different cycles of treatment according to the disease, like:

Orthopaedic rehabilitation
Neuromotor rehabilitation
Paediatric rehabilitation
Sports rehabilitation
Women’s pelvic/perineal rehabilitation
Respiratory rehabilitation

The physical therapist will adopt different rehabilitative techniques in function of the diagnosis and the preset objective.


"Orthopaedic manual therapy is a specialised area of physical therapy for treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions based on clinical reasoning which uses highly specific treatment approaches including manual techniques and therapeutic exercises” (The International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist (IFOMT))

Manual Therapy is a rehabilitative treatment performed exclusively by the physical therapist as a consequence of clinical reasoning where the objective isn’t limited to the reduction or disappearance of the symptom but above all includes restoration of the best quality of life through specific manual manoeuvres.

The manual therapy practiced by physical therapists is a discipline of scientific nature based on knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and physiopathology which avails of scientific research studies concerning this field of medicine.


The pelvic floor is the set of muscles that close from the bottom of the pelvis, supporting the guts contained in the abdomen, including the bladder, uterus and intestine. These muscles work together to maintain continence of urine and feces.

The female anatomy is prone to mechanical holding problems; that’s why about one in three women suffers from incontinence in various forms. Urinary incontinence is “any involuntary leaking of urine” that could constitute a social and hygiene problem given the impact on physical, psychological and social well-being.

Specifically, in women three main types of incontinence may occur:
1- Urinary incontinence from an effort: involuntary leaking of urine during an effort or physical exercise, increases in abdominal pressure like clearing your throat, sneezing or coughing.
2- Urinary incontinence due to urgency: involuntary leaking of urine accompanied or immediately preceded by undelayable urge or urgency to urinate.
3- Mixed Urinary incontinence: involuntary leak of urine associated with urgency and also with an effort.

What are the causes and conditions that fuel the onset of incontinence in women? The normal events in a woman’s life like pregnancy and delivery contribute to weakening the pelvic floor as well as surgeries or genital prolapse. Menopause and aging are also causes.

In any event even “governable” factors along with a healthy and prudent lifestyle, like constipation, obesity, smoke, consuming too much coffee and tea, should not be underestimated.

The physical therapist handles prevention and treatment of these types of functional disorder of the pelvic, abdominal and lumbar region through NONINVASIVE pelvic-perineal kinesiotherapy which is a specific rehabilitation technique based on therapeutic exercise of the pelvic floor muscles.

The rehabilitation consists in a real genuine educational and assistance plan in managing the disease and becomes fundamental as a regime in pregnancy and postpartum.


Respiratory rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary treatment programme for patients with respiratory dysfunctions, with a tailored program for the patient in order to try to optimise his or her physical and social independence and performance. (ATS,Am JrESPIR Care Med 1999).

Respiratory rehabilitation is comprised of a series of techniques that both treat and prevent and can interact with other medical/thermal spa cures in order to improve respiratory capacity and physical performance.

The physical therapist will teach exercises for reconditioning the breathing muscles, as well as lengthening and coordination of the auxiliary muscles to respiration to encourage:
- tolerance to physical effort,
- drainage of mucous,
- re-expanding of non- or scarcely ventilated areas
- restoring the proper ventilatory dynamic improving thoracic mobility


Kinesio Taping® is a technique based on the process of natural healing by means of special adhesive strips that are put on all parts of the body. Kinesio Taping® demonstrates efficacy by activating the neurological and circulatory systems stimulating the mechanoreceptors present in the epidermis.

The technique has three main physiological effects:

1. It improves blood and lymphatic circulation

2. It reduces pain

3. It helps correct joint alignment

Indications: orthopaedic diseases like posttrauma and post surgery like sprains, contusions, muscle tears, subluxations, tendinitis, tenosynovitis, bursitis, etc.; neurological diseases like outcomes of stroke (only in a few cases).

The information given on the website does not in any case replace the clinical consultancy provided by the general physician or the specialist. That given on the website is solely for general information.

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