THE MOVING BODY
Every person, regardless of age or level of training, should have the chance to practice a stimulating physical activity which is the source of pleasure and energy. By focusing on the locomotor system, Clinique La Prairie specialists have developed the Better Mobility programme. Customised care specifically dedicated to the body and movement.
Text: Lætitia Simon
Motor control and mobility are precious assets that should be taken care of throughout our lives. These functions also play predominant roles in maintaining health and longevity. Keeping physically fit, maintaining endurance and balance, strengthening muscle and improving flexibility on a regular basis are essential activities for our well-being. However, a health-related problem or an accident may unhinge this balance. The consequences may come in the form of a gradual loss of coordinated movement, the onset of pain and a change to your general condition. To resolve these health-related problems, it is essential to assess the damage and take suitable therapeutic measures. With this in mind, therapists of Clinique La Prairie have implemented the Better Mobility programme specifically dedicated to the body during movement and the locomotor system.
Developed by the rheumatologist Dr Mounir Ziadé, and physiotherapists of Clinique la Prairie, this one-week programme offers comprehensive customised care. The inter-disciplinary approach means that the needs of each patient can fully met. Therefore, a wide range of profiles can be taken care of without any restriction of age or physical condition. The potential improvements are notable. Let us take spinal dysfunctions such as backache, also known as dorsodynia or lumbalgia, tendinitis, ligament deficiencies; more generally, aversion treatment linked to prolonged sedentariness (lack of activity), or an injury secondary to a trauma.
The week begins with a thorough medical check-up conducted by the rheumatologist which is in part carried out in conjunction with the physiotherapist. The clinical data collected will enable the situation to be assessed in terms of quality and quantity. Furthermore, adapted targets are set out with the agreement of the patient who is at the centre of the attention at all times. As patients are deemed to be key to their own recovery, it is essential that they comprehend the situation.
Based on the results of the initial assessment and under the supervision of the rheumatologist, the programme alternates between two daily sessions with the physiotherapist, physical exercise at the Health Club (fitness) and vital recovery periods in the Spa. The therapists provide support and encourage the efforts of patients which provides visible progress and therefore makes the activity gratifying. Furthermore, patients often respond in ways which they did not think possible, which is a source of motivation and appeal. Improving the balance and dexterity of movements, taking proprioreception to the next level, acting to increase strength, endurance and amplitude, promoting the movement of joints and reducing the stress of compensatory plans are the ingredients of a menu that caters for all. A wide range of methods are used, including the therapeutic pool for performing exercise with fewer constraints and consequently no pain so that confidence in movement can be regained.
Movements essential for well-being.
Improving the balance and dexterity of movements, taking proprioreception to the next level, acting to increase strength, endurance and amplitude, promoting the movement of joints and reducing the stress of compensatory plans are the ingredients of a menu that caters for all. A wide range of methods are used, including the therapeutic pool for performing exercise with fewer constraints and consequently no pain so that confidence in movement can be regained.
An interdisciplinary approach
Medical consultations and additional care are available to the patients, if necessary. It is a possibility that sleep, diet or stress are directly linked to the assessed situation. Informed medical advice is provided for a specific psychological or medical diet follow-up. If medical imaging examinations are recommended, Clinique La Prairie is equipped with the latest technology in terms of magnetic resonance imaging. Moreover, patients benefit from an interdisciplinary care, whether they are in the fitness hall, the spa having a massage, in consultation with the ORL or even at the restaurant, the patients continue to be monitored. The relevant staff body as a whole, whether medical or otherwise, is informed of the patients’ specific needs.
The week ends with a second assessment. Any progress and improvements that have been detected are highlighted. Following this assessment, a full medical file is drafted, outlining details of the items observed and noted during the week and the work performed and results of the same. This comprehensive medical report provides the patients with a valuable tool to ensure that the follow-up activities and any possible subsequent physical maintenance therapy are put into practice.
Beyond the targets of the measures and therapies, the programme is also a source of physical and mental well-being. People regain self-confidence and a confidence in their abilities. They diversify their knowledge and their autonomy as they acquire beneficial movements by which their functions are able to improve. Although the Better Mobility programme takes place over a week, this educational “extra” means that its effects can be extended over time.