Published on 22. February 2018

Movement is therapy

Sports therapy is an important area in the outpatient therapy center of Vivantes Rehabilitation GmbH at Auguste-Viktoria Hospital. The dedicated team of therapists supports patients on their way to a better quality of life.

On average, a patient spends three weeks in outpatient rehab. 220 places from the areas of orthopedic, cardiological, oncological and neurological diseases are available to rehabilitation patients in total. At the beginning of their stay, each person receives a therapy program tailored to their individual illness from the attending physician on site. The rehab team is interdisciplinary and works closely together. One focus in the treatment of patients is sports and exercise therapy. It is used to partially or completely restore a person's limited freedom of movement. The methods used come from the field of sports science: strength, endurance, mobility and coordination. Other treatment modalities: Occupational and physical therapy, physical (passive) applications such as electricity and heat, and the educational part, which is about the disease itself, knowing about it, dealing with it and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Active life despite illness

Around 70 percent of the total treatments that patients benefit from during their rehabilitation stay are sports and exercise therapy measures. The core of sports therapy is medical training therapy (MTT), and the therapeutic tool used is physical training. "We can't make our patients fully healthy, but we can help them increase their performance, lead an active life despite their illness and thus improve or restore their quality of life," says Björn Stroscher, Therapeutic Director of Sports and Physical Therapy. The introduction to MTT takes place as part of a close collaboration between the sports therapist and the patient. The result is a personal training plan that is regularly reviewed during the rehabilitation stay and repeatedly adapted to the rehabilitation goal. In addition, the rehab graduate is given information in lectures on the topics of training, sports and changes in lifestyle habits. Behind this is the concrete goal of helping him to help himself. Within a trusting dialogue with the therapist, it should be possible to expand his health competence, deepen his knowledge about his disease and strengthen his self-confidence as well as his willingness to engage in physical activity.

Successes with cancer

In recent years, it has become increasingly clear how important support through sports and exercise therapy is for patients suffering from cancer. If they start sports and exercise promptly after being diagnosed, they can better manage their disease. They maintain their muscle strength and feel physically stronger to cope with the side effects of tumor treatments - studies indicate this. The offers of sports therapy are increasingly requested by those affected and are viewed extremely positively. The general advice from earlier times, "Those who are ill must take it easy," is no longer valid. Rather, it should be "If you're sick, you should be active."

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