Set up by three experts in the field of physiotherapy, PhysioBay is the brainchild of Sara Farooq, Nahid Butti, and Deena Selais. Having worked in the field extensively, they decided to combine their knowledge and experience and set up their own clinic to offer their patients with a wide range of physiotherapy treatments using the latest technology in the field. The three experts spoke to Perle Magazine about their background in the field and the methods they are using in their newly formed centre to accommodate all of their patients.
A plethora of achievements, certifications, knowledge, and experience between them, Sara, Nahid, and Deena decided to share their combined knowledge in the form of their clinic, which was set up February 2016. Sara, a physiotherapist in the orthopaedic field, received her education from Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, and later on received a Masters in Quality Management in Healthcare from Royal College of Surgeons in Bahrain. Nahid, also a physiotherapist in the orthopaedic area, received her Bachelors from the University of East London. Deena, a specialist in Complete Decongestion Therapy, received her Bachelors for physiotherapy from the College of Allied Health Science from Kuwait University. The women not only worked at the BDF Hospital for 20 years, but also took various courses throughout and most recently received the certifications for Dry Needling from the Myopain Seminar and Kinesio Taping from the Kinesio Taping International Association founded by Dr. Kenzo Kase. Nahid and Sara explained their specialities lie within treating back pains, neck pains, and all the chronic pains as well as rehabilitating sport injuries, and ACL injury in the early stages, as well as post-surgeries and post-fracture rehabilitation. Deena, who is also certified by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in the United States, explains her expertise is in the area of Lymphoedema, which is caused by an accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the superficial tissues and results in inflammation in the limbs and the abs. She works with patients that require manual lymphatic drainage and special bandaging. The procedure requires massaging to help shift the fluids to healthier lymphatic to reduce the swelling. This treatment is especially important for cancer patients, women who have had mastectomies, and people suffering from varicose veins. It is important, Deena says, that patients not only regularly come for the treatment but also follow her instructions on how to take care of themselves after the one-month intensive treatment.
Having worked with numerous patients with various physiotherapy needs over 20 years, Sara explained this was the perfect time for them to set up their clinic and combine the traditional and latest scientific approaches to treat their patients.
The fully equipped clinic consists of 5 private rooms, each fitted with a patient-call system, ambient sound, and different light settings based on whether a patient is going through an assessment or require dim mood lighting.
“We looked at every aspect when designing this clinic, which was started from scratch”, Sara says. Working in collaboration with other clinics and centres, Sara explains when their patients are in the final stages of rehabilitation and need professional equipment; they send them to the centres PhysioBay is working with. Working with the likes of Dr. Khalil Rabieh, a top sports therapist, and Dr. Iyad, who has a Relief Clinic in order to expand their services and reach all kinds of patients in need of therapy.
The clinic, located in Business Bay building in the Seef District, has specialised rooms to accommodate the different needs of the patients and specialised equipment that requires certain conditions to be able to function. The patients are treated using machines such as a combination electro-therapy and ultrasound machine, to help the muscle relax, reduce pain and inflammation, calcification of the bones, impingement of shoulders and the release of taut bands in the muscle. One of the rooms is specifically dedicated to the Short Wave Diathermy machine, which is used to provide deep heat to the muscles to promote circulation and reduce the chemicals that irritate the muscle or joints or inflammatory fluids following an injury. The room is especially equipped with wooden furniture to prevent current being conducted. Through the use of latest technology as well as conventional methods, PhysioBay caters to almost all types of physiotherapy needs, such as joints and rheumatoid conditions, Myofascial trigger point conditions, sports injuries, fractures and orthopaedic surgeries, post joint replacement conditions, lymphoedema conditions, neurological conditions, paralysis conditions, vestibular and inner ear conditions, dry needling, shock wave therapy, manual therapy, Kinesio tape therapy, laser therapy, Cerebral Palsy and paediatric rehabilitation, and ETS therapy.
Speaking in detail about their latest certifications, Kinesio Taping and Dry Needling, the physiotherapists explain that Kinesio Taping is a treatment that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process to help provide support for the joints and muscles without restricting normal movement. Dry Needling, of a similar concept to acupuncture, is a technique that requires a thin needle to stimulate identified taut bands and trigger points in the muscle to restore impairment, reduce pain, and improve function. The Myopian Seminars, from where they received their certification, have a comprehensive program on scientific basis for myofascial trigger points dry needling. Using source material from Dr. Jan Dommerholt’s book, the only author on myofascial trigger point dry needling, during the seminars physiotherapists were able to get information right from the source. Though it was a tough course, Sara says, they were able to receive their training in it, making them the first Bahrainis to be certified in the course, and also making Sara a qualified Assistant Instructor in Movement Therapy Seminars courses.
A unique treatment offered at PhysioBay is the use of the ETS Machine to measure muscle activity. A technology initially used in Australia, Nahid explains the idea behind the machine is to understand and measure which muscles are being used more over other muscles that need to be used. By connecting the machine to the patient, they are able to measure that and design a physiotherapy routine that would help the patient use unused muscles. Nahid adds this is the reason why a lot of sports injuries occur, due to the imbalance of muscles usage.
The physiotherapists advise that before patients approach them for a treatment, it is important they go through their doctors, and clear their tests to make sure their issues can be managed with physiotherapy rather than any other cause for their pains. Due their experiences working with consultants and hospitals, they explain they are familiar with all the surgery protocols and therefore it is mandatory for a patient to follow the steps of a procedure to ensure the best results.
In order to get a better understanding of the patient’s medical history, PhysioBay also has a “family file” system in which the entire family’s records are kept in one file. This system, Nahid explains, helps understand health patterns in a family and determine whether there are diseases that are hereditary or otherwise. Additionally, to make sure patients always make it to their appointments and on time, the centre also sends out text messages as reminders. “This clinic is established by a team of experienced physiotherapists rather than individuals. We have a holistic thinking of what patients needs from hospital stage to discharge, especially with each of our different specialities” says Sara.
For more information:
14th Floor, Business Bay Building, Seef District, Bahrain
(00973) 1700 0047/ 3235 4433
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