Stage I – First aid
At this stage, we apply techniques to tissues directly involved in causing the problem which the patient reports.
Stage II – Causal treatment
The next stage of treatment begins when the pain is eliminated or reduced to a degree that enables the restoration of function. This is the right time to address the root cause, which is the source of previous symptoms and ailments – in this way we prevent the recurrence of the dysfunction. This stage, which is an expression of a holistic view of the Patient, helps to prevent further pain incidents.
Stage III – sensorimotor training and self-therapy
The aim of the therapy in the first two stages is to recover the painless movement of the musculoskeletal system as much as possible and improve the muscle balance. When we perform a manual treatment that improves the patient’s condition, we always ask ourselves how to maintain it? The obvious answer is that through proper exercise but choosing the correct motor activity is very difficult which is associated with the problems of assessing the correct muscle balance.
At this stage we analyse the patient’s movement, attitude, habits, stereotypic movement disorders. We implement treatments aimed at reprogramming inappropriate movement patterns underlying the patient’s ailments.
The physiotherapist assesses the patient’s motor abilities and, depending on the degree of the motor skills, it selects appropriate exercises to be performed at home. This is a very important stage and its effectiveness depends on the degree of patient’s involvement. It should be mentioned that from the first visit, the patient starts to do the properly chosen exercises at home on its own. In order to achieve the objectives of the treatment, usually from 3 to 7 therapies are necessary. The three-stage model of therapy guarantees that the Patient will be able to enjoy full strength and motor skills for as long as possible. A comprehensive approach to the problem translates into a permanent solution.