Rehabilitation, or restoring health after medical travel is often just as important as the medical treatment itself. It helps a patient to fully recover from the treatment and ensures that the person is ready to resume her/his routine life, with optimal physical and psychological fitness.
Rehabilitation these days can take many forms as some patients opt for personalized getaways, while others prefer to have a team of trained doctors and therapists, helping them through each step of the process. The rehabilitation process has different purposes for different people and can be structured according to the specific needs of the patient.
Physical therapy or physiotherapy is remedial treatment, using mechanical force or movement, usually carried out by physiotherapists. This kind of treatment is essential to ensure that patients, who have recently undergone a surgery of the limbs, can regain maximum possible mobility with their arms and legs.
Physiotherapists use an individual's medical history and physical examination to arrive at a diagnosis and design a recovery plan that suits them best.A typical physiotherapy session can range from 3 weeks to 7 months, depending upon the severity of its need.
Since physiotherapy involves patient participation, it also helps him/her feel responsible for the recovery and this keeps the patient highly motivated throughout the rehabilitation period.
Physical therapies are used to treat disorders and injuries relating to the heart, brain and muscuoskeletal system.
2. Medical Spa And Care Centers
A medical spa is a relaxation and rehabilitation centre that allows the patient to recover at a rested pace, in a peaceful environment. Medical spas are generally needed by patients recovering from rheumatism, disc prolapse, circulatory or nervous system problems. These centres offer patients a variety of spa treatments, massages, and acupuncture procedures.
Some popular destinations for medical spa treatments are Malaysia,Thailand and India.
Medical spas in Thailand and Singapore provide rehabilitation after the surgery through detox, relaxation and holistic healing.
For patients looking for rehabilitation away from their home country or the treatment destination, Spain and Hungary are two very viable retreats, apart from Thailand, India and Indonesia .
Medical treatment in Spain is very affordable compared to that in the US and the UK, and so is rehabilitative care. Spain has a multitude of rehabilitation centers for different ailments like strokes, cosmetic surgeries and even physical injuries.
Hungary has for a long time been a popular medical tourism destination for foreigners as it is very budget friendly. Over the past fifteen years, its expanding market has given tourists access to top class and affordable cosmetic surgery, general surgery, dental surgery and treatment rehabilitation.
The patient’s diet after procedure, will vary depending upon the type of ailment or treatment s/he is recovering from. A patient recovering from cardiac ailments will be required to maintain a rich-in-fiber, low calorie diet, whereas a patient recovering from an injury or limb surgery must follow a calcium rich, high protein diet.
It is essential for the patient to establish complete familiarity with the post operative care and choose a destination that caters to the specific dietary needs.
For the first few weeks after treatment, the patient is asked to take rest and go through minimum exertion. As time progress, the patient is encouraged to take part in light physical activities like walking or gardening. In case of recovery from a cosmetic surgery,the patient is initially asked to stay indoors and avoid sunlight, dust or any pollutants.
Rehabilitation centres and hospitals in various countries offer activities such as swimming, cycling, running and yoga to the patient, depending upon the his/her fitness and rehabilitation requirements.