Burn rehabilitation starts immediately from medical admission and continues for months and at times years after the initial event.
Key aims of burn rehabilitation are maintaining range of movement, minimising contracture development and impact of scarring, maximising functional ability and maximising psychological wellbeing,
Oedema management, respiratory management, positioning, and engaging patients in functional activities and movement must start immediately.
Physiquipe offer a range state-of-the art tools that allow patients to engage in controlled functional activities and movement as soon as possible.
Objective Assessment and Rehabilitation
Outcome measures are an important way to accurately assess and rehabilitate the patient to their individual peak physical condition. They also give clear objective data to aid rehabilitation, whilst being a great tool to demonstrate the outcomes following surgery.
PrimusRS offers the ability for a person to begin stretching the tissue early and often in both concentric and eccentric contractions. In many cases, patients have not had the tissue stretched appropriately and thoroughly enough to increase function and decrease risk of contracture. As a result they often come back with additional or worsened contractures in the tissue. The Continuous Passive Motion function on the PrimusRS, with the wide assortment of tools, will provide the clinician with the ultimate tool for functional task simulation and tissue stress.
Patients need to be encouraged to work to their abilities and accept responsibility for their own management. The PrimusRS gives clear outcome measures to document progress in strength, range of movement and functional tasks (activities of daily living).
Soft Tissue and Pain Management
A major part of the healing and rehabilitation for burns patients is to treat and manage soft tissue and pain where there has been significant damage to the tissue. Physiquipe have a range of tools and treatment methods that are proven to give the very best clinical outcomes, whilst at the same time reducing strain on the therapist in what can be a very physically demanding job.
The choice of a specific soft tissue management strategy is directed by each patients symptoms including sensitivity to pain threshold, functional ability, and urgency to return to the stage. Each technique, can be used individually or systematically, with traditional methods to help to manage soft tissue injuries, reduce pain, minimise time loss from work/performance, and to prevent further tissue damage. These techniques integrate seamlessly with common practices of movement based therapeutic exercise programs.
Focused shockwave is widely used in the treatment of acute and chronic pain in muscles, tendons and joints. Focused shockwave describes the use of acoustic waves to target tissue at varying depths to compress and manipulate tissue resulting in a focused and precise deep tissue massage. The results of the mechanical stimulus delivered by focused shockwave can lead to increased circulation and pain relief – key components in the healing process.
HawkGrips are Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation tools. IASTM is an increasingly popular treatment method used by clinicians around the world. The tools are used to increase range of motion, treat acute and chronic conditions, reduce need for medication/surgery and decrease pain.
Targeted Negative Pressure Massage
LymphaTouch is a negative pressure device which allows vertical and horizontal stretching of the fascial (connective tissue) structures, expanding the space for circulation of blood and lymph. The results are immediately measurable as reduced swelling, reduced pain and improved range of motion.