Our internal PhysioCenter at the Pyramid Clinic

Our team of physiotherapists in Seefeld specialises in early rehabilitation for patients during their stay at the clinic and in outpatient follow-up treatment after discharge from the clinic. Patients receive comprehensive care and support, from hospital admission through to outpatient rehabilitation. Daily consultation with the attending specialists is a routine part of care, ensuring optimal, personalised rehabilitation. All therapeutic goals and treatment measures are determined jointly, based on a detailed review of the findings.

At our clinic, we tend towards an outpatient approach to rehabilitation in physiotherapy. The new surgical techniques and the resulting speedy recovery mean that an additional inpatient stay in a rehabilitation clinic is generally no longer necessary. However, upon request or based on clear indication, we will be happy to arrange inpatient rehabilitation.

The physiotherapy department at the Pyramid Clinic Seefeld in Zurich treats patients who have undergone surgery here at the clinic as well as patients with external referrals.

Range of treatments in Physiotherapy

The Physiotherapy Centre specialises is early rehabilitation during and after a stay in hospital and offers all forms of traditional physiotherapy and other therapies:

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Manual therapy uses specific diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to detect and treat dysfunctions in the musculoskeletal system. Its special hands-on techniques are used to locate and analyse impairment in mobility in the joints of the extremities or the spine. These techniques are used to alleviate pain as well as to improve mobility in areas where there is restriction of movement, if this is caused by reversible dysfunction of the joint or the muscles surrounding the joint. Selection of the relevant mobilisation techniques is based on the medical findings, the restricted direction of movement and the type of joint.

Manuel Therapy

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Manual lymphatic drainage has a wide range of effects on the body. It is used primarily as a treatment to reduce oedema in swollen areas of the body such as the trunk and the extremities (arms and legs). The fluid is moved from the tissue to the lymphatic system using circular movements applied with light pressure. Manual lymphatic drainage works primarily on the skin and subcutaneous region and is not intended to improve blood circulation as massage does. It is also useful in managing pain before and after surgery, as the swollen tissue overloaded with lymphatic fluid can be decongested. The patient feels significant relief, analgesics can be reduced and healing is faster.

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Manual trigger point therapy

Manual trigger point therapy is a myofascial pain-relief therapy. The treatment technique of trigger point therapy is suitable for patients with chronic or acute muscle pain. Manual techniques are used to treat and resolve the altered and shortened connective tissue in chronic pain conditions, as well as the acute trigger points. The treatment plan consists of a systematic six-step programme (the Swiss Approach): Four manual techniques are complemented by interventions used to detonify/stretch the muscles and for functional strengthening.

Trigger point therapy

Pain therapy with dry needling

Manual techniques can be effectively supported with “dry needling”, which is the treatment of myofascial trigger points with acupuncture needles. This involves carefully placing a thin needle into the trigger point responsible for the pain. The needle is dry, i.e. it is not used to inject medication. The treatment results in the release of muscle tension, improved local blood circulation and the reduction of local inflammatory reactions. Dry needling therapy is also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS). It is used as a valuable complement to manual trigger point therapy in the treatment of pain syndromes in sports physiotherapy and orthopaedic rehabilitation.

Dry Needling

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Shockwave therapy – an effective treatment for musculoskeletal disorders

Shockwave therapy uses radial, low-energy shock waves to treat tendinitis due to overuse, as well as calcification and bone-healing disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The shockwaves lead to increased blood supply throughout the painful area with the aim of improving the metabolism in the tissue. The increase in metabolism supports the removal of solutes, such as calcium particles from calcifications. The therapy can be used successfully in a number of medical conditions, including:

  • Calcific tendinitis of the shoulder
  • Joint pain due to overuse
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Supraspinatus tendinitis
  • Biceps tendinopathy
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Tibial crest syndrome
  • Trochanteric tendinopathy
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Achillodynia
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel spur)
  • Pseudarthroses

Shockwave therapy

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Faster healing through targeted electro-stimulation

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a medical electro-stimulation treatment with a weak, low-frequency alternating current, which is used primarily to treat pain (analgesia) and for muscle stimulation. TENS was developed in the 1970s. Electrical stimuli are applied to the skin via electrodes. Frequencies between 1 and 100 Hz are commonly used, and the electrodes are placed in the area around the painful site. The stimulation itself is not painful and leads at most to a tingling of the skin. At the clinic, we use electrical stimulation primarily to combat atrophy of the muscles during the patient’s stay, but also to treat pain on an outpatient basis in individual cases. With the targeted postoperative stimulation of the muscles at the site of surgery, we achieve faster healing, better pain relief and significantly less muscle atrophy.

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Highly effective pain relief through laser therapy

We use an Opton 7-watt laser for our laser therapy. This is a specially developed, high-performance laser for use in physical medicine. The effectiveness of the procedure has been studied and is well documented. It is a highly effective pain therapy that acts locally, directly at the site of pain, as well as systemically. In addition to the analgesia, the biostimulation helps tissue to regenerate faster. This treatment is used in musculoskeletal illnesses, tendopathy, neuralgia, skin diseases and scar treatment.

Laser therapy

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Ultrasound therapy: healing for muscle and tendon injuries

In the broadest sense, ultrasound can be seen as a form of electrotherapy. In an ultrasound machine, an electric current is converted to high-frequency sound waves of about 1 MHz. The ultrasound is applied via a conductive gel to the affected region using a transducer with a surface area of around 5–6 cm2. Circling movements are used and the ultrasound can be either continuous or pulsed. Pulsed ultrasound has a lower heating effect and is therefore less intense. The treatment results in increased blood flow, improved cell metabolism and raising of the pain threshold. Injuries to muscles and tendons can thus heal faster. Ultrasound is often used in combination with traditional electrotherapy. Ultrasound can also be utilised to drive medication into the tissue in a method called iontophoresis.

Ultrasound therapy

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Medical training therapy: optimal support of wound healing processes

Medical training therapy is an active form of therapy that aims to provide optimal support to wound healing processes. Injured structures are brought back to full strength (in daily life, work and sport) and impaired functions are restored. Medical training therapy can be carried out with or without equipment.

Preventing damage to the musculoskeletal system

The focus is on what the body needs to ensure that stresses arising during movement are well balanced, in order to minimise any possible damage to the musculoskeletal system. This involves work on muscular imbalance, stability and coordination training. The goal of medical training therapy is not necessarily increased strength, but rather improved coordination among the various muscles or muscle groups and with other body systems such as balance and depth perception. The programme consists of general and specific exercises for stability, balance and coordination. Depending on the objectives, these are carried out with a focus on stamina, endurance or maximum strength.

Medical training therapy

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Sports massage: soothing relaxation for tense muscles

After a strenuous workday or top sports performance, or for tense, stiff or overstrained muscles, sports massage can be soothing and relaxing.

Sports massage

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Easy Tape is used primarily to assist the healing process by supporting and relieving stress on injured body parts so that they can be better reintegrated in movement. Easy Tape was developed in 2005 and is based on the principles of autoregulation and compensation. It stabilises joints, reduces pain, helps to reduce excess swelling and supports muscle control, thus assisting the healing process after surgery or for painful or functional impairments of the musculoskeletal system. This method is also suitable for athletes.

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Gait optimisation is the primary objective of gait training. This includes a precise analysis of the patient’s gait by the therapists and identifying any adaptive postures and compensatory mechanisms. Gait training is useful following surgery such as hip operations with adaptive limping, knee replacement surgery and various other surgical interventions for the lower extremities. Gait training is also useful in neurological conditions. We work on treadmills with lamellar technology. These were developed especially for professional sports and rehabilitation. This technology is based on nature’s specifications, so that the most natural form of human movement – walking – can be carried out as normally as possible. When you step on a conventional treadmill, the friction between the belt surface and the floorboard creates a stop effect which returns a considerable amount of the force of the step to the joints and can lead to maladaptive movement patterns. The higher the weight and speed of the person training, the larger this negative effect becomes.

Gait Training

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the pathway to better fitness and weight loss

Would you like to get back into sports activities or lose some weight? Has your athletic performance reached a plateau? Regardless of age, gender or performance level, we will draw up a training programme with you and determine your goals. We have a large network of qualified and certified personal trainers and can thus offer a wide range of training options in discreet training facilities with top-of-the-line equipment.

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Strengthen muscles with Fitvibe vibration training

In vibration training, mechanical vibrations are transmitted to the body via a vibration plate. The frequency of the vibrations can be adjusted between 20 and 60 Hz. It has been scientifically proven that the best results are achieved within these frequencies. Muscles react to the vibrations automatically by contracting and relaxing. Due to the high frequency, this contraction is very intense and extremely effective. Vibration training is not just ideal for training healthy muscles, but also for exercising weakened muscles in older people or after injury, for example. In the case of stress incontinence, whole-body vibration is used to improve the basic tone of the pelvic floor muscles. Muscles that stabilise and control the joints are likewise stimulated and strengthened. We work with the Fitvibe Excel Pro vibration plate, which has MDD medical certification and was specially designed for medical use. The frequency and range of motion are individually adjusted to each client by the therapist and stored on a chip card. The device runs quietly and, with its innovative computer software, it offers the user a range of control options during training.

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We can provide expert advice in your home or office on request. We will be happy to analyse and determine the best sitting/working position for your specific needs and support you and/or your company during the work process, providing you with tailored analysis and advice. We offer seminars, workshops and personal coaching on a variety of topics to meet your individual needs or can arrange for experts to consult on a wide variety of health issues.

Professional performance diagnostics and athlete support

Communication among the athlete, trainer, specialist and therapist is a top priority during traditional rehabilitation after injury. Only in this way can we ensure the best solution for the individual athlete and guarantee a fast return to competition in his or her sport. In performance diagnostics, we offer strength measurement, isokinetics, trunk strength and jumping strength. Further performance tests such as lactic acid measurements, ECG, pulmonary function tests, etc. can be arranged very quickly.

Skilled and dedicated team

The skilled and dedicated physiotherapy team at the Pyramid Clinic will work for your well-being and rapid recovery.

The physiotherapists at the Pyramid Clinic treat patients who have undergone surgery here at the clinic as well as external patients who have been referred to us.

Daniel De Arriba Torres

Daniel de Arriba Torres

Head of Physiotherapy,
Physiotherapist

Sonja Perez

Sonja Perez

Physiotherapist

Natascha Zumbühl

Natascha Zumbühl

Physiotherapist

Expert care in physiotherapy

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PhysioCenter Pyramide

Haus zur Pyramide
Klausstrasse 10
CH-8008 Zürich

+41 43 336 72 52
+41 43 336 72 51

physiocenter@pyramide.ch