HELIOS Clinic Hattingen

Department of Rehabilitation (for adults) (284513)

Axel Petershofer

Prof. Dr. med.

Axel Petershofer

Specialized in: neurology

About the department

The leading specialist of the Department of Rehabilitation at the HELIOS Clinic Hattingen is its head Prof. Dr. med. Axel Petershofer. The Department specializes in the treatment of patients in the posttraumatic period, which requires experience and knowledge to help the patient and to ensure the quickest and the safest transfer from intensive care and up to an early rehabilitation as well as a maximum recovery of lost functions.

The Department of Rehabilitation at the HELIOS Clinic Hattingen under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Axel Petershofer has gained a deep respect and recognition of patients due to the excellent results of treatment as well as for a friendly atmosphere, care and attention of the medical staff. 

The rehabilitation provided in the Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Axel Petershofer includes a wide range of activities, such as:

  • Affolter diagnostic technique (analysis of the current patient’s condition and determination of the further treatment)
  • Alexander diagnostic technique (analysis of the interrelation of the head and body position as well as the degree of functionality of the internals)
  • Training of the pelvic floor muscles
  • Bobath concept (therapeutic exercises with someone’s support) Brain-Gym (stress release caused by radiation exposure is achieved through the targeted activation of various brain areas, thus, it is possible to use the existing skills and to develop talents quite successfully)
  • Brugger training (teaching to prevent painful feelings through the vertical position of the body)
  • Cranio-sacral integration (treatment method, which differs because of its holistic training and affects the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid)
  • Doman-Delacato (neuro – sensorimotor therapy for children with the damaged nerve tracts)
  • Feldenkrais (a method helping to improve person’s own capabilities)
  • Kinesiology (a method aims to reduce stress and to stimulate organism’s own forces)
  • Dr. Klapp’s gymnastics (purposeful strengthening of the back muscles)
  • Klein-Vogelbach technique (therapy for the patients with a pain syndrome or functional movement disorders of the spine, hips, knees, shoulder and elbow joint)
  • Coordination and dynamics therapy (combination of movements of both upper and lower extremities to coordinate supraspinal centers for the reorganization of the nervous system disorders)
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • All types of massage
  • Nielsen’s technique
  • Perfetti’s technique (therapeutic exercises aimed at the development of cognitive functions)
  • Peto (individual or small group training in order to develop the perception of the world and to learn to behave in the society as well as to achieve the biggest possible independence from the aids and other people)
  • PNF (movement summation method via the combined action of nerves and muscles)
  • Polt’s therapy (development of interaction of both brain hemispheres)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sensorimotor Integration (by A. J. Ayre)
  • TAMO therapy (support of small children in the achievement of each development stage on their own as much as it is possible)
  • Voight technique (recovery of the blocked or lost congenital physiological movement pattern due to the brain injury)
  • Various water procedures
  • Zielgreif (Yoga and breathing exercises)
  • Basal stimulation
  • Verticalization
  • Proprioceptive stimulation (apparatus-assisted)
  • Orofacial stimulation
  • Multimodal stimulation
  • SRT – stochastic resonance therapy (exercises on the vibrating platform aimed at the development of the confident gait)
  • Lokomat ® (Exoskeleton) Hocoma (Swiss company) system allows to carry out a locomotor therapy on a treadmill with the help of the robotic ortheses
  • Erigo system (a training process for walking recovery starts already in a horizontal position and the load increase occurs simultaneously with the verticalization of the patient)
  • Rhythmic  magnetic stimulation (muscle and nerve fibers are stimulated by means of a magnetic field with a high action capacity (3-4 tesla)
  • Rhythmic magnetic stimulation of the muscles (strengthening of the weakened muscle group by high frequency magnetic pulses)
  • Rhythmic magnetic stimulation of the brain (a complex of stimulations with 2,000 stimulation pulses per one session. It helps to get rid of the depressive mood, improves sleep, concentration and stimulates other functions, which were impaired due to stroke)

A team of the first-class specialists and nursing staff of the Department of Rehabilitation (for adults) at the HELIOS Clinic Hattingen under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Axel Petershofer make every effort to achieve the best possible treatment result.


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