Discover the benefits of physical therapy with Aqua Med Medical Wellness & hotel Marvie

Its rich offer of quality health services has established the first health hotel in Dalmatia – Marvie Hotel & Health, on the international market. In addition to a high quality hotel offer, both international and Croatian guests select our hotel throughout the whole year due to its offer in the medical sector. Our goal is to contribute to the development of medical tourism in Croatia, which would not be possible without our partners and their teams of experts.

Aqua Med Medical Wellness and Physical Therapy

Aqua Med Medical Wellness Center has been operating within the facilities of Marvie Hotel & Health hotel since the beginning of 2017. The center was founded in 2012 by Dr. Danijela Rašić who brought together an expert team of physiatrists and acupuncturists, nutritionists, senior physiotherapists, kinesiologists, masseuses, beauticians and pedicurists. In addition, at our hotel, Aqua Med Medical Wellness also provides physical therapy to treat a wide range of health conditions, such as post-operative recovery, sports rehabilitation, injuries at work, and various pains, injuries or degenerations of the spine, hips, knees or small joints.

The importance of physical therapy

Physical therapy includes a wide range of services that physiatrists and physiotherapists provide to patients in order to develop, maintain and restore the maximum mobility and functional ability of their bodies. Therapy is provided to patients whose movement and functionality are impaired, paired with accompanying pain in the musculoskeletal system (ligaments, muscles, tendons or bones), and the causes are aging, injuries, diseases, disorders and environmental factors.

Physical therapy involves interaction between physiatrists, physiotherapists and patients, but also other health professionals, families, caregivers and the community. It can help reduce the use of medications, prevent surgery, shorten the duration of illness, reduce the likelihood of injury, slow down the aging process, while also being a form of preventive care.

When is a physiatrist's examination needed?

In case you feel back pain, have sports injuries, traumatological and neurological diagnoses, back pain syndromes or are in a preoperative or postoperative condition, you should definitely consider physical therapy. Contact us to book your first examination, where we will assess your muscle strength and range of joint motion in painful areas.

Our physiatrist will then create an individual treatment and therapy plan which will focus on improving strength and mobility, as well as aim to reduce pressure which can put strain on certain joints. An additional reason for considering physical therapy is rehabilitation after surgery, which is most often the recommendation of the doctors themselves.

With a large selection of physical therapies and accompanying treatments, Aqua Med Medical Wellness provides its patients with all services under one roof. Find out more below.

1) MANUAL THERAPY

Manual therapy is a form of physical therapy in which the therapist mobilizes soft and nervous tissue by putting pressure on the muscles and by mobilizing and manipulating the joints to relieve pain and reduce muscle tension. This technique is especially useful for anyone who has back pain.

The term manual techniques refers to various types of massage, the mobilization of soft and nervous tissue and joint mobilization. The use of manual techniques reduces pain and heals injuries. There are many types of manual techniques (Maitland Concept, Mulligan Concept, Emmett Technique, DNS – Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, PNF – Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, MRF – Myofascial Release, MSTR – McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release technique, Manual Lymph Drainage by Dr. Vodder) and they range from manual lymphatic drainage to various types of massage, acupuncture, mobilization and manipulation of joints, etc. Each technique has many advantages and brings relief to patients.

Medical acupuncture

Medical acupuncture is a technique which involves inserting very thin needles into the patient’s skin at various acupuncture points of the body, and it aims to encourage healing and pain relief. It is also called “Western acupuncture”.

You now have the opportunity to surrender to the hands of an experienced acupuncturist at Aqua Med Medical Wellness who can help you with various syndromes, diseases and painful conditions such as headaches, migraines, lower back pain, neck pain, elbow and shoulder pain, any type rheumatic pains, menstrual cramps, allergic rhinitis, anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal ailments, weight loss, etc.

​​Medical therapeutic training

Medical therapeutic training at Marvie Hotel & Health is provided by licensed senior physiotherapists from Aqua Med Medical Wellness. It is intended to improve the quality of movement as well as prevent injuries and can be part of a post-rehabilitation process. In addition to stability and mobility exercises, it also includes breathing, coordination and balance exercises as well as other components. The focus is on quality, therefore training is done in small groups (from 4 to 6 people), so that maximum attention can be dedicated to each individual.

2) PASSIVE PHYSIOTHERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES

Passive physiotherapy techniques involve methods of treatment that do not require the patient to actively participate in therapy, i.e. they are not required to move their muscles or joints. Passive procedures support the recovery process with the aim of moving onto a more active approach to therapy. The following passive physiotherapy procedures are available at Aqua Med Medical Wellness Center:

Therapeutic ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound produces mechanical, thermal, physicochemical and biochemical effects in body tissues.

  • Mechanical effects are produced via micromassage, which is also the most important effect of ultrasound in treatment.
  • The thermal effect occurs where soft tissues and bones touch (tendon grips, tendon sheaths, menisci), it increases the permeability of cell membranes and blood supply to tissues, which contributes to faster healing.
  • The physicochemical effect of ultrasonic waves in tissues increases the pH of intracellular fluid and the permeability of biological membranes, which promotes oxidation processes and oxygen absorption.
  • Biochemical action causes the conversion of gel state into salt state, which breaks down large molecular complexes (which is especially important in the treatment of myogelosis).

Therapeutic ultrasound helps with arthritis, bursitis, capsulitis, epicondylitis, tendonitis, muscle contusions or contusions, muscle strains or distortions, tendon dislocations, joint sprains, joint contractures, scars, chronic degenerative modifications to the joints and spine (eg spinal spondylosis), myogelosis, cellulite removal, swelling and slowing of circulation, as well as sports injuries.

Electrotherapy

This is a technique in which electric current is used for therapeutic purposes, and differs according to the frequency of the current used – galvanic current, diadynamic current, interference current, Russian current and TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation). Electrotherapy has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, i.e. reduces the feeling of pain and stimulates healthy muscles to increase muscle strength and growth. It is often used in cases of muscle atrophy, difficulty moving or a certain degree of scoliosis.

Magnetotherapy

Magnet therapy improves microcirculation and cell function, affects the regeneration of the whole body and speeds up metabolism. This therapy is most commonly used to stimulate circulation, relax muscles, and relieve pain or stiffness.

Thermotherapy

Heat therapy is performed for the purpose of treating rheumatic, gynecological or neurological disorders. By way of this therapy, the heat penetrates the skin to a depth of a few millimeters, expanding the network of blood capillaries. As a result, circulation is increased and muscle tension is reflexively relaxed.

3) GROUP EXERCISES

If you want to prevent chronic conditions and heart disease, control your weight and feel better, improve sleep and raise your energy, ultimately prolong your life – our advice is – start exercising! It is believed that optimal exercise consists of at least 150 minutes of moderate physical aerobic activity or 75 minutes of stronger aerobic activity per week, it is also recommended to do strength training at least twice a week, which targets all major muscle groups.

Aqua Med Medical Wellness and Marvie Hotel & Health also provide individual and group trainings tailored to individual needs:

Hydrotherapy exercises in the pool of the Marvie Hotel

The benefits of exercising in water are numerous, which is why it is recommended for both recreationists and professionals, as well as those who are recovering from injuries. Group hydrotherapy exercises in the pool are adapted to the physical abilities of the individual. Swimming pool training consists of cardiovascular training, functional training, strength and endurance training as well as coordination and balance training. It has a positive effect on improving circulation, increasing range of motion and muscle strength, improving cardiovascular and functional abilities, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of diseases and an improvement of the general physical and mental condition. 

4) NUTRITION PROGRAM

Given the fast-paced lifestyle, work on the computer and the availability of fast food, it is extremely important to become aware of and adopt healthy eating habits and provide the body with the necessary nutrients, vitamins and minerals, which protect against many chronic heart diseases, diabetes and cancer. Therefore, it is necessary to include whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits and proteins from various sources (meat, fish, eggs, milk) in the diet.

If you do not know where to start or what to include in your diet, contact our nutritionists and they will guide you to the secrets of a diet consisting of quality, nutritious foods which will positively affect your health and body function, increase energy and improve your mood. A varied diet, physical activity and a healthy body are prerequisites for a long and quality life that we all strive for.

Start taking care of your health and try to find a balance between your private and business life, as sports, exercise and a healthy diet are a guarantee of better life quality. If you feel that you need physical therapy services, contact the expert team of our partners – Aqua Med Medical Wellness Center by calling 021 279 844 or via e-mail aquamed@marviehotel.com, who will provide you with everything you need on your healthy journey, all within the facilities of  Marvie Hotel & Health.

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