Physiotherapy for Rock Climbers in Thun, Switzerland

Physiotherapy focuses on identifying the origin of your injury and an analysis of your current physical capabilities. Be it a torn pully ligament, shoulder pain, tenosynovitis, tendinitis, shoulder instability, or a torn lumbrical muscle (if you want to know more about rock climbing injuries click here), each behooves a deep dive into:

  • The mechanism of your injury
  • The healing phase of your injury
  • Your current training regime
  • The mobility & stability of the joints around your injury
  • The strength of the muscles around the injury site
  • Your neuromuscular control
  • Your mental state

The bottom line is: we can’t treat your injury efficiently before we understand you, your training, and your injury.

So, what looks physiotherapy like when you make an appointment?

How Does a Physiotherapy Treatment for Rock Climbers Look Like?

Physiotherapy treatment for rock climbers exists out of 2 parts. The first part is the first 1 to 2 appointments which focus on understanding you and your injury. The second part focuses on applying treatment modalities and ensuring you make the right steps to heal well.

1st Appointment (30 or 60 minutes):

  1. Intake interview: this helps me understand you and your injury
  2. Physical Assessment: to understand functional movement capacity, mobility, stability, and pain provocation
  3. Analysis & Discussion: I analyze the info from our intake and physical assessment and discuss the conclusion with you; where did your injury come from? What should you do now? How are we going to make sure it heals efficiently? And finally, how are we going to make sure it doesn’t happen again?
  4. Treatment: Based on my analysis and your feedback we come to a treatment plan and with clear roles for each of us. What we do in the clinic and what you can do at home to rehab efficiently.

2nd Appointments & After (mostly 30 minutes, but 60 minutes is also)

  1. Analysis of your progression: we discuss your progress, issues you encountered, and possible new symptoms that have arisen.
  2. Continuous adaptation to your progress
  3. Progression in the intensity of exercise therapy
  4. Application of treatment modalities like manual therapy, radial shockwave therapy, soft tissue mobilization

Physiotherapy Treatment Modalities

These are the main treatment modalities I use during climbing physiotherapy treatments.

Exercise Therapy

Exercise therapy is the most important part of sports physiotherapy for rock climbers, physiotherapy after surgery, and accidents. With the right exercises at the right moment, we can improve your:

  • Mobility
  • Stability
  • Coordination
  • Strength
  • Hypertrophy
  • Endurance
  • Power

Doing exercises forces your body to adapt and get into the state you want it to be. Without it, any other treatment modalities are less effective. For example, soft tissue mobilization of the rotator cuff muscles might bring you more mobility. If you don’t repeat the use of this newly acquired mobility often, your brain won’t recognize it.

Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft tissue mobilization can be done in the form of Manual Friction Massage on Trigger Points or by doing Deep Tissue Release with the aid of myofascial techniques. Both approaches can reduce pain, muscle tension, improve mobility, and perceived stability. Soft tissue mobilization treatments should always be followed by exercise therapy to ensure the newly acquired situation remains.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is ideal for problems originating in joints. Think of back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and elbow pain. With manual therapy, I can mobilize and manipulate joints and improve movement quality. Manual therapy is a great treatment starter but should always be followed by exercise therapy to ensure the newly acquired movements stay.

How Much Does Physiotherapy Cost?

If you’re a Swiss Resident/Citizen, Physiotherapy is paid from your basic insurance if you have a referral from a doctor. If you make an appointment without a referral, you pay a private fee.

Our private fee is CHF60.

Click here to make an appointment online* (you’ll be redirected to the website of the clinic I work at; Physiotherapie Reactive)

*If you’re not insured in Switzerland or don’t have a prescription for physiotherapy ordered by your doctor, choose “Private Physiotherapy”.