Neurology Specific Therapies

A holistic therapy approach

The interdisciplinary treatment concept is the basis for the comprehensive and multi-layered range of therapies offered by Rehaklinik Zihlschlacht. Neurological rehabilitation as practiced at Rehaklinik Zihlschlacht is based on a 24-hour concept. Patients are treated, cared for and therapized around the clock. Comprehensive advice and guidance for relatives is an important factor in successful rehabilitation.

Cognitive therapies

Within the framework of neuropsychological therapy, so-called cognitive performances such as concentration, memory, logical thinking, etc. are examined in patients with neurological diseases. Therapeutic measures are taken to improve the performance impaired by the disease, thus enabling the best possible reintegration into everyday working and private life. In addition, an assessment of the performance capacity with any existing residual deficits in everyday life takes place.

In addition, the process of coming to terms with the illness is accompanied by counseling and psychotherapeutic measures in individual or group settings. Patients are supported in finding their way in their changed life situation and in developing strategies for dealing with the disease.

Neuropsychological therapy at the Zihlschlacht Rehabilitation Clinic includes the following measures:

  • Neuropsychological diagnostics
    Cognitive individual training
    Cognitive group training
    PC-supported attention training
    Psychotherapeutic individual sessions
    Psychotherapeutic group sessions
    Relaxation groups
    Counseling of relatives

In the occupational therapy, an individual occupational history is summarizes and the patient's work or workplace situation is recorded. All measures are focused on needs support in the reintegration process.

The training program is adapted to the patient's needs. Resources and deficits are determined in the course of work trials lasting one to several hours. In order to achieve an optimal professional reintegration and to prevent coordination problems, the employer and, if necessary, costs of other institutions are included in the process.

The occupational therapy measures aim at starting a medically justifiable, graduated work training (if necessary still under full incapacity for work) as early as possible. The concretely agreed contents and working conditions are based on the patient's resources ascertained in tests and training.


Music therapy enables experiences on different levels.

  • Stabilization
  • Increases quality of life
  • Releases creativity
  • Helps with communication disorders
  • Promotes alertness
  • Helps with states of tension

In music therapy, non-verbal, emotional and verbal forms of dialogue complement each other. It is a psychotherapeutically oriented method Its basic effective factor is resonance. Music therapy is offered in individual and group therapies.

Orthoptics (orthos = straight, correct) is a branch of ophthalmology dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of visual disorders. It belongs to the field of strabismus and deals in particular with visual field defects, eye movement disorders and poor visual acuity.

Visual disorders are often consequences of brain injury. They make everyday life more difficult and are particularly stressful in combination with other impairments, such as gait disorders.

Double images, visual field defects and blurred vision impair both visual orientation and reading. For those affected and their social environment, these phenomena are often very disturbing. They therefore require careful diagnosis and treatment.

The neuroophthalmological department of the Rehabilitation Clinic Zihlschlacht offers comprehensive care and treatment by specialized orthoptists (ophthalmology specialists). If necessary, the clinic's consultant ophthalmologist is consulted.

The aim is to treat visual impairment by means of optical corrections, compensatory training or special aids in such a way that the everyday life of the affected person is made easier.

Speech therapy deals with the diagnosis and therapy of neurologically caused speech, language, voice, chewing and swallowing disorders and facial paralysis. These symptoms can affect people's ability to communicate, as well as their quality of life and participation in social life.

Specifically, our services include:

  • Individual and group therapies
  • Diagnostics of speech and language according to the status quo of standardized test procedures
  • Clinical and apparatus diagnostics of swallowing (FEES)
  • Speech and language therapy using the latest digital and conventional therapy methods
  • Use of biofeedback, bioimpedance measurements and electrostimulation for swallowing disorders
  • Treatment of patients with tracheal cannulae
  • Involvement of relatives in the context of individual counseling and group discussions
  • Aftercare services

Sensomotoric Therapies

Physiotherapy improves limitations caused by illness or accident. Impairments in the ability to move and function are corrected or economized in a sensible and function-oriented manner. Movement behavior and compensation mechanisms are analyzed and corrected.

The goal is always to regain the greatest possible mobility in private and professional everyday life.

Physiotherapy and sports therapy at the Rehaklinik Zihlschlacht include the following range of therapies:

  • Individual treatments according to concepts of "task-specific", repetitive and goal-oriented training
  • Self-help training
  • Medical training therapy (MTT) with modern equipment
  • Therapies in water (36°)
  • Gait rehabilitation, also in combination with modern robotic devices: e.g. on the Lokomat
  • Individual provision of aids to improve mobility (in cooperation with our orthopedic technician)

The occupational therapy supports and accompanies people of all ages who are limited in their ability to act in everyday activities or are threatened by limitation. The aim of occupational therapy is to achieve the greatest possible independence in everyday life.

Affected persons are supported in coping with their everyday life and a better quality of life is made possible.

Occupational therapy at the Rehaklinik Zihlschlacht includes the following range of disciplines:

  • Sensorimotor-functional individual therapies are carried out according to the basic principles of motor learning: early practice, being in an everyday context, repetition and avoiding learned disuse
  • Sensorimotor-functional group therapies: A clinic-specific shoulder-arm-hand concept with four treatment pathways is available for classification into the various group therapy services and for individual therapies.

Everyday life-oriented training

  • Self-help training (washing/dressing training)
  • Individual therapy in everyday life takes place in the exercise kitchen, exercise bath, creative studio, workroom, therapy garden as well as outside the clinic when shopping or using public transport.
  • Individual consultation and supply of aids takes place to facilitate everyday life as well as for the care of the arm or the hand.
  • Needs assessment/adaptation of aids for patients at home - home assessment

Physical therapy supports the rehabilitation process with balneo-physical measures.

This includes the following therapy offers:

  • Complex manual lymphatic drainage with bandaging and stocking fitting.
  • Various massage techniques for pain relief, respiratory stimulation or promotion of mobility
  • Ultrasound, TENS or interference current applications for pain relief

Bladder or sexual dysfunction

"Man lives in the midst of Qi and Qi fills man. Starting with heaven and earth up to the 10,000 beings everything needs Qi to live. He who knows how to guide Qi, nourishes his body inside and repels all harmful influences outside."

Baopuzi, the master who holds on to simplicity.

Nutritional Counseling

The nutritional counseling team cares for patients with various nutritional problems. In doing so, we attach importance to individual needs and a diet that meets their requirements. A balanced diet is an essential factor in supporting well-being and recovery.

During the rehab stay, nutritional therapy is consulted in the following cases:

  • Metabolic diseases
  • Obesity
  • Malnutrition and malnutrition
  • Chewing and swallowing difficulties
  • Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis
  • Allergies and intolerances
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Diseases of the digestive system
  • Tube feeding

In our inpatient activities, we work closely with the responsible physicians, speech therapy, nursing staff and kitchen team.