Centre for Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy, also known as «physical therapy», aims to improve or restore the body’s ability to function and move by means of specific training and non-invasive treatments (e.g. ultrasound, massages and stretching).

Physiotherapy Bethanien

With us, you benefit from high-quality physiotherapy expertise and our wide range of physiotherapy services. At the beginning of each physiotherapy treatment, the physiotherapist carries out a detailed assessment of the patient’s medical history and undertakes a thorough physical examination. According to the findings of these assessments, your treatment will be adapted to your individual needs.

Privatklinik Bethanien offers both inpatient and outpatient physiotherapy treatments for all insurance classes. 

The team

Our experienced physiotherapy team will look after you with enthusiasm, dedication and expertise on your path to recovery so that you can return to your everyday life, work and sport as quickly as possible.

From left to right in the photo: 

M. Schabron (physiotherapist), F. Kägi (physiotherapist), J. Weber (physiotherapist), M. Werz (physiotherapist), S. Müller (physiotherapist), A. Fiechter (physiotherapist), E. Wassmer (physiotherapist and Deputy Head of Physiotherapy), I. Petersson (physiotherapist), D. Keller (medical massage therapist), M. Hächler (physiotherapist & Head of Physiotherapy), missing from photo: B. Hendriks (physiotherapist)

Contact us

Physiotherapie Bethanien
Toblerstrasse 51
8044 Zürich

+41 (0) 43 268 72 60

physiotherapie@klinikbethanien.ch

Area of application and competencies

Physiotherapists are experts in physical dysfunction and pain. This discipline, which is independent of conventional medicine, is part of basic care. Helping patients to become independent and healthier, or encouraging them to maintain their health, are part of physiotherapy. The aim is to improve patients’ quality of life.

Examples of cases in which physiotherapy may be used include:

  • injuries and rehabilitation
  • neck, shoulder and back pain
  • age-related complaints
  • pregnancy and children
  • burnout and stress
  • knee and hip problems
  • swelling in diseases of the lymphatic system

Our core competencies include comprehensive physiotherapy advice and care for patients suffering from musculoskeletal disorders. Thanks to our extensive experience in postoperative rehabilitation of knee, hip, shoulder and back patients, we are able to provide the best possible support for recovery. The prevention of consequential damage or repeated injuries is also of great importance to us.

Our range of therapies is based on scientifically sound methods and clinical experience and enables the best treatment results. In addition to passive manual therapies to relieve pain and improve function, we focus on active therapy to stabilise the joints and strengthen the muscles.

The aim is to investigate the cause of the complaints by means of tests and assessments and thus to combat not only the symptoms but the origin of the problem. The functions and movements are improved by means of specific forms of treatment.

Since physiotherapy is in close contact with the clinic’s medical staff, follow-up treatment of patients can be carried out in an interdisciplinary and needs-oriented manner.

The well-equipped rooms, including a gym, enable comprehensive rehabilitation. Privacy is guaranteed at all times thanks to separate treatment rooms.

Our range of treatments at a glance

  • Electrotherapy with Compex
  • Kinesiology tape
  • Ergonomic advice and functional exercise advice
  • Post-partum fitness
  • Personal training for golfers
  • Classic medical massage
  • Decongestive lymphatic therapy
  • Manual therapy
  • Myofascial trigger point therapy

 

  • MTT (Medical Training Therapy)
  • Personal training
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Core stability training incl. Pilates
  • Sports physiotherapy
  • Pelvic floor therapy
  • GLA:D (therapy for osteoarthritis)
  • Pilates
  • TRX training

Find out more about the individual treatments here

Electrotherapy with Compex

Compex is a form of electrical muscle stimulation that is used, among other things, to treat muscle atrophy, e.g. after cruciate ligament or knee prosthesis surgery, and promotes muscle regeneration. The handy Compex electric stimulation device is rented (in cooperation with DGO-Global) and can be used independently at home as a supplement to physiotherapy.

Costs: Depending on the supplementary insurance or accident insurance, the costs for the electrical stimulation device are covered on a pro rata basis.

Kinesiology tape

In the case of pain or chronic symptoms, reflexive adjustments occur in the muscles and fascia, which can lead to functional impairment. Applying kinesiology tape to the affected structure promotes the healing process by neuroreflecting the muscles and temporarily providing passive support to the joints.

Costs: With a doctor’s prescription for physiotherapy, the costs are billed through your health insurer.

Decongestive lymphatic therapy

The complex physical treatment known as decongestive lymphatic therapy consists of manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy (initially bandages, later mass shrinkage), functional movement therapy and skin care. The aim of the treatment is to soften the tissue and reduce swelling, which provides pain relief, better mobility and thus an improved quality of life for the patient.

This form of therapy is mainly used for lymphoedema, which may occur after cancer surgery if the lymph nodes are removed. Other indications include temporary overloading of the lymphatic system due to trauma or surgery and the associated swelling.

Costs: With a doctor’s prescription for physiotherapy, the costs are billed through your health insurer.

Myofascial trigger point therapy

When the muscle are permanently tense, myofascial trigger points can occur, leading to reduced blood flow to the muscles and thus to pain. Using manual trigger point therapy or dry needling, muscle tone is normalised and increased blood circulation is achieved, which is accompanied by a reduction in pain and improved function.

In dry needling, sterile disposable acupuncture needles are used to puncture the pain-causing trigger point. This improves blood circulation and regulates muscle tension in a reflexive way. (Important: There are contraindications for this treatment technique, which must be discussed with the physiotherapist beforehand.)

Costs: With a doctor’s prescription for physiotherapy, the costs are billed through your health insurer.

Pulmonary rehabilitation

In pulmonary rehabilitation (three-month programme), you will undergo personal training under supervision and constant monitoring of vital signs in order to improve your quality of life and performance despite chronic lung disease. In addition, in-house pulmonologists and therapists teach you medical knowledge in course blocks.

Costs: With a doctor’s prescription for physiotherapy, the costs are billed through your health insurer.

Pelvic floor therapy

Pelvic floor therapy treats functional disorders of the pelvic floor such as urinary and stool incontinence or pain in the pelvic and genital area. This therapy is often useful after abdominal surgery, difficult births or age-related changes.

Pelvic floor therapy includes individually adapted perception and strength exercises. A biofeedback device is used to illustrate the values and check the progress of the training.

Costs: Treatments are billed at the outpatient physiotherapy rate. The one-off material costs range from CHF 50 to 90 for a probe. These benefits are covered by your basic insurance.

GLA:D (therapy for osteoarthritis)

GLA:D can be a useful alternative to joint surgery. The abbreviation GLA:D stands for “Good Life with (osteo)arthritis in Denmark”. This treatment originates in Denmark and is based on international guidelines for treating patients with osteoarthritis of the knee and hip. The programme includes evidence-based, tried-and-tested advice and guidance for patients, as well as specific exercises. After approximately two months of therapy, the affected osteoarthritis patients can independently control their remaining symptoms and continue training with targeted exercises. This reduces pain and improves walking ability and quality of life over the long term.

Costs: With a doctor’s prescription for physiotherapy, the costs are billed through your health insurer.

Pilates

Pilates is suitable for all those who desire physical well-being, fitness or wellness. The training method for young and old is effective in cases of lack of exercise, physical complaints due to one-sided stress in everyday life, chronic back problems and symptoms of stress. Pilates is just the thing for anyone who attaches great importance to their posture and wants to achieve a greater sense of physical well-being.

Course instructor: Isabelle Petersson, physiotherapist and Pilates instructor

Costs: CHF 220 (10 lessons of 45 mins)

Bring with you: Sportswear, towel, drinks

Course days: Monday, 16:40−17:25 p.m.; Thursday, 8:05−8:50 a.m.

Course location: Course room of the Physiotherapy Private Clinic Bethanien

Registration: Tel. +41 (0) 43 268 72 60, e-mail physiotherapie@klinikbethanien.ch

Course participants: maximum of nine course participants 

TRX training

TRX training was originally developed by the US Navy (Navy SEALs) and is an efficient method of full-body training. With specific exercises, you can improve strength, balance, coordination and core stability. In TRX training, gravity and your own body weight are used to facilitate a variety of exercises. By changing your body position slightly, you can make the intensity of the exercises very varied and effective. The training is suitable for beginners, advanced and elite athletes.

Course instructor: Flavio Kägi

Costs: CHF 250 (10 lessons of 45 mins)

Bring with you: Sportswear, towel, drinks

Dates: Tuesday 17:10−17:55 p.m.

Course location: Course room of the Physiotherapy department at Private Clinic Bethanien.

Registration: Tel. +41 (0) 43 268 72 60, e-mail physiotherapie@klinikbethanien.ch

Course participants: maximum of seven course participants

Advice on ergonomics and functional movement

Ergonomics are essential both in everyday life and at work for maintaining a healthy body. Ergonomic therapy includes a well-equipped workstation, optimum lifting techniques and a physiological gait. Musculoskeletal complaints can also be analysed by means of a functional assessment, movement disorders can be examined structurally and functional correlations can be shown. Functional, neurophysiological and biomechanical aspects are taken into account.

Costs: With a doctor’s prescription for physiotherapy, the costs are billed through your health insurer.

Classic medical massage

Medical massage is effective at promoting well-being and relieving muscle tension. In the classic massage, pressure and pulling stimuli are applied to the tissues and muscles with the hands, releasing stiffness and tension and stimulating the circulation and metabolism. This massage also has a relaxing and soothing effect, which leads to greater balance.

The classic medical massage is covered by many supplementary insurance policies of the health insurer.

The various forms of treatment we offer include classic medical massage, sports massage, relaxation massage, manual lymph drainage, connective tissue massage and foot reflexology massage

Costs: CHF 75 (25 minutes), CHF 150 (50 minutes). Depending on the health insurer, the costs are covered by supplementary insurance.

Manual therapy

Manual techniques (according to SAMT or Maitland) can be used to correct malfunctions of the musculoskeletal system. Therapists are trained to use their hands as an instrument for examination and treatment, using mobilisation techniques to relieve pain and improve the mobility of blocked or restricted joints. 

Costs: With a doctor’s prescription for physiotherapy, the costs are billed through your health insurer.

MTT (Medical Training Therapy)

This is a training course for everyone that benefits people of all ages. Regular muscle exercises increase physical strength and well-being in everyday life. MMT is a specific training programme (three months) that is carried out independently in a group of up to six people under guidance from a physiotherapist. The physiotherapist will put together an individual programme for you. The aim is to increase the stamina, strength, coordination and mobility of various muscle groups and to alleviate pain. The training plan is regularly adapted to your current progress.

Costs: With a doctor’s prescription for physiotherapy, the costs are billed through your health insurer.

Course days: Monday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Tuesday and Friday, 14:00 p.m. to 15:00 p.m.

Course duration: Training takes place twice a week for about one hour and lasts a total of three months.

Personal training

Personal training is the ideal choice for maintaining health, increasing fitness or reducing weight. Depending on your needs, a programme will be devised which you can then complete independently or continue to complete under physiotherapeutic guidance.

Costs: Individual lessons of 60 mins: CHF 150

Core stability training incl. Pilates

Strong core muscles are the basic prerequisite for all types of movement in everyday life, both during physical exertion at work and in sport. The deep, stabilising core muscles support our back and can absorb external forces to protect the spine. The core muscles are strengthened through specific strength exercises, which you can carry out with personal guidance during therapy or at home on your own. Pilates is a good form of further training. This is a holistic stabilisation training with a focus on the core muscles and pelvic floor combined with correct breathing techniques.

Costs: With a doctor’s prescription for physiotherapy, the costs are billed through your health insurer.

Sports physiotherapy

Even if you take preventive measures, it is impossible to avoid sports injuries altogether. This makes it all the more important to obtain optimum follow-up care from a sports physiotherapist. Depending on the current stage of recovery, specific stimuli are applied to help the injured structures heal. Stabilisation exercises are performed at the beginning of the therapy, followed by concentric and eccentric strengthening of the slow and fast muscle fibres. The subsequent sports-specific training is about giving you the best possible preparation for your return to sport.

Rehabilitation also includes strengthening and endurance exercises to maintain the performance of the unaffected structures.

Personal training for golfers

The aim of this training is to achieve the best possible muscular and joint-specific conditions for an optimal golf swing. Strength-specific training (including after surgery) reduces physical deficits, provides protection against overload and prevents any pain and injury.

Costs: Individual lessons of 60 mins: CHF 150

Post-partum fitness

Have you recently become a mother and want to get back to your previous fitness level? We give you individual tips on recovery and training. Get to know the techniques of baby massage and intensify the contact with your child. They support your child with digestion and can prevent intestinal colic. Treat yourself to some time out with a soothing massage. We offer you all this in a package specially designed for you. You can of course bring your child with you.

What’s included: two individual 50-minute personal training lessons, one individual 50-minute baby massage lesson, two 25-minute massage treatments with our medical massage therapist

Costs: CHF 500

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