Are you looking to improve certain aspects of your body or face but don't want surgery or major downtime to get it? Aesthetic physiotherapy offers an alternative.
What is aesthetic physiotherapy?
We all know the "classic" physiotherapy which prevents and treats certain disorders of the musculoskeletal system thanks to manual techniques (massages, mobilizations, etc) or instrumental techniques (electrotherapy, ultrasounds, etc). It essentially aims to improve the functional aspect of the body.
On the other hand, aesthetic physiotherapy aims to improve the aesthetic aspect of the body through different techniques and protocols.
Why should one book a consultation of aesthetic physiotherapy?
Weight loss and figure toning are undoubtedly the most frequent reasons for consultations in aesthetic physiotherapy, but they are not the only ones.
Aesthetic kinesitherapy can treat many problems such as:
- Excess fat or cellulite
- Wrinkles and fine lines on the face or hands
- Scars (old or recent) on the body and face
- Heavy legs
- Stretch marks due to pregnancy or heavy weight gain
- Water retention
- Lack of skin tone and elasticity
It is important to note here that aesthetic physical therapy is part of a wider, global approach, particularly in the fight against cellulite or excess fat, combining regular physical exercise and a balanced diet.
What are the main techniques used?
Physiotherapy, whether used for aesthetics or not, offers two modes of treatment: active and passive physiotherapy.
Active physiotherapy refers to the exercises, movements or postures that the patient must perform with or without the help of the physiotherapist. In the context of aesthetic physiotherapy, this type of treatment can be considered to maintain and tone up the body and the skin.
However, aesthetic physiotherapy is generally based on passive physio (massages, stretching, mobilisation) as well as other physiotherapy techniques (vibrations, electric currents, ultrasound, etc.).
The most commonly used techniques are the following:
- Massage (manual lymphatic drainage, palpate and roll, etc.)
- Lipomassage, carried out with an endermology device to reduce cellulite
- Pressotherapy boots, a technology that improves blood circulation in the legs
- Acoustic or radial shock waves, used in particular for scars
- Cryolipolysis, a technique for destroying fat cells by cold
What happens during a physiotherapy session at Turó Park Medical Clinic?
The treatment at Turó Park Medical Clinic always begins with a personal interview and clinical assessment, so that the physiotherapist can assess your needs, budget and availability.
During the actual session, you will usually lie or sit, depending on the type of equipment and the area of the body to be treated, while the physiotherapist carries out the treatment.
Some of the techniques may be a little uncomfortable, but they are not painful. In general, a session lasts between 15 and 45 minutes. The length of the treatment and the content of the sessions vary according to your goal.
The results are not immediate but are seen and felt progressively over the course of the sessions. Nutritional and sports management is often recommended alongside this treatment.