Master in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, and GPS Academy member will be demonstrating how he uses the GPS Therapeutic Pathways concept in his practice, on a daily basis during MEDICA.
Stef obtained his Master degree in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy from the Vrije University Brussels in Belgium. Stef is an international speaker and lecturer on the re-education and adoption of proper posture, injury prevention and on the optimal execution of body activities. In his private practice he treats a wide variety of patients using GPS principles and pathways. His patients base includes professional athletes and World and Olympic champions.
Since 2008, Stef has been using Chinesport's products to assess posture and treat a wide varied of musculoskeletal disorders. His patient base includes Olympic, World and European champions in a wide variety of sports.
«I acquired my GPS 400 Postural Lab in 2008 and have been using it on a daily basis since then. This provides me crucial information on how the different parts of the body interact with each other and how a certain type of injury or disorder may have been caused, or how faulty posture is causing issues for the patient. Based on this detailed global posture assessment, I decide on how best to treat the patient using a focused treatment plan that consists of different therapeutic pathways.
In the first pathway we use electrophysiological equipment with which we modulate acute pain and inflammation. We are very enthusiastic users of Chinesport’s TCare, which delivers cellular regeneration and remodelling. I have been using this product for some time now and through its therapeutic properties is helps reduce both acute and chronic pain, and assists in healing inflammation (e.g. tendinitis).
Once we have a pain-free patient we can start working on improving his function using therapeutic exercises. For this we use the Archimede system because it allows to develop an unlimited range of exercise modalities and adjust exercises exactly to the patient's needs and abilities.
During these exercises we will probably be confronted with limitations in range of motion that are caused by contractions in the myofascial system. Treating these limitations requires myofascial release techniques for which we use the Sinthesi therapeutic table; this is our third therapeutic pathway.
Once the patient is pain-free and function has been restored we need to integrate new, healthy posture and movement patterns into daily life situations. For this we use a wide variety of proprioceptive devices (balance pads, rolls, etc...). We can also use a combination of all three previous pathways (Archimede, Sinthesi and TCare). Quite literally, I place patients in a position on the Sinthesi table that stretches the affected myofascial chain, I put them in a sling system that requires them to use muscle strength to stay in position, and at the same time use TCare to increase joint range of motion. The therapeutic results can be pretty impressive.»