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How Can Physiotherapy help? The Bonne Santé Clinic in Val d'Isère says:

Rehabilitation  / Injury Prevention  /   Antenatal & Postnatal Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is recognised throughout the world as an effective and safe therapy for symptoms of pain, weakness, stiffness and loss of movement.

Physiotherapy aims to promote, restore and optimise function and facilitate return to health and fitness. Physiotherapy uses a number of physical, manual, exercise and electrical techniques to treat injury and disease. Various applications help to block pain and speed up the body's natural healing process.

Physiotherapy plays an invaluable role in the return to health after injury and therefore our aim is to keep you fit to ski. A precise history taking will allow a maximum understanding of the present problem and analysis of why the injury may have occurred. We can provide treatment for a range of different problems, including recently acquired or long standing orthopaedic conditions and sporting injuries. The physiotherapists at Bonne Santé are highly trained to offer a comprehensive functional and musculoskeletal assessment of the problem. A precise treatment programme tailored to your individual needs can then be implemented.

What Can Physiotherapy Treat?

Conditions and injuries that can be treated with physiotherapy include:

Treatment may include a variety of the following:

We work with all levels of skiers and snow boarders, so whatever your level of fitness or your experience, your treatment will be personalised to your needs.
In the world of skiing where holidays are always too short, time to get the correct diagnosis and the most effective physiotherapy for your injury is crucial.

What should you expect at your appointment?

At your first appointment your physiotherapist will make an initial assessment of your condition by asking about the nature of your injury or problem, your lifestyle and your medical history. The physiotherapist will then need to perform a physical examination. This may involve you removing some items of your clothing.

During the physical examination your physiotherapist may look at your range of movement, functional ability and muscle strength. They will feel areas of your body including muscles and joints for pain and restrictions in order to help to identify the problem area as accurately as possible.

The physiotherapist will then give you an explanation of the problem and plan a treatment programme with you. Together, you may set treatment goals and aims and the physiotherapist will try to indicate how long it will take you to get better.

The initial assessment may take 45 minutes to an hour. Follow up sessions are usually half an hour appointments although if you have a complex problem you may need slightly longer. This is also dependant on what techniques your therapist needs to use. The number of sessions that you will need will depend on the nature of the problem and how long you have had it for. If you need to continue treatment in the UK, your physiotherapist can give you a report of your current status. The earlier that you seek advice, the sooner you will get better.

Whether you are a beginner skier or boarder mastering the nursery slopes or a ski racer or instructor, all the therapists at Bonne Sante have the expertise, experience and the determination to ski you fit to ski.


Our aim is to get you back on the slopes as quickly as it is safe to do so. If you want to recover from an injury as fast as possible rehabilitation is essential.

Rehabilitation aims to:
• help recover from injury faster
• optimise recovery potential
• regain lost strength and movement
• enhance performance
• prevent future injuries from occurring

At Bonne Sante we tailor rehabilitation programmes to meet individual needs. We have a well – equipped sports studio and various equipment to facilitate return to full recovery.

The most common ski injuries that we rehabilitate are knee injuries, commonly to the MCL (medial collateral ligament) and the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). These ligaments injuries most commonly occur due to twisting falls when the bindings don't release.

If this happens to you, the severity of the ligament damage will dictate how soon you will be able to return to the slopes. A physiotherapist will be able to determine the extent of the damage that you have sustained. We may suggest using a brace or support to help protect and support your knee joint. For more information about the braces and supports we use to prevent injury and aid rehabilitation, visit

Injury Prevention

Injuries occur to all of us to one extent or another at varying times in out lives. Repetitive movements in work or sport can lead to muscles over working leading to tension, stiffness and pain. Injuries and strains can hinder even the toughest of individuals and leave them feeling vunerable, therefore Bonne Sante is committed to identifying risks and minimizing the chances of problems occurring.

Physiotherapy can identify areas of restriction or areas that are over working in the body and help to correct them. Through movement analysis and correction we can help improve your positioning to optimise performance and help to prevent aches and pains occurring. The way you sleep, sit, stand, walk, run and play sports can all have an impact on injury and pain.

Sports injuries are also very common due to the increased stresses and strains that we put on our bodies. Due to the nature of alpine injuries there is additional risk of hurting yourself while you are on the slopes. Physiotherapy can help prevent these injuries from occurring by ensuring that you have appropriate strength and stamina for what you are trying to achieve. A ski or board specific programme can be determined to help you get the most out of your time on the slopes whilst minimising the risk of injury occurring.

There is more and more recognition and research into injury prevention training. With skiing this includes technique, equipment and physical ability. We aim to stay at the forefront of prehabilitation and aim to keep you fit to ski.


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Antenatal & Postnatal Physiotherapy

Pregnancy is an experience that is unique to each individual. The body is placed under enormous demands from the physical and hormonal changes that take place. Many women go through pregnancy feeling happy and healthy, whilst others suffer from aches, pains and emotional stress.

Aches and pains may occur for a number of reasons. As the body changes in shape and size to accommodate the growing uterus, extra demands are placed on joints and ligaments. Changes in posture also occur which may put a huge strain on the back, neck and legs. The ligaments of the whole body soften during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. This allows the pelvis to be more flexible to accommodate the baby and to facilitate child birth. The down side of this is that the body becomes more vunerable to joint aggravation, aches and pains.

Common complaints during pregnancy that can be treated by physiotherapy include:

How can Physiotherapy help in pregnancy?

Is Physiotherapy safe during pregnancy?

Yes, as long as you see a physiotherapist who is trained in obstetrics. At Bonne Sante, Louise has worked in a variety of antenatal and postnatal settings. As well as working in busy women's health out-patient settings in large london teaching hospitals, she has worked on antenatal and postnatal wards, led antenatal classes alongside midwives and re-developed the antenatal service in Gibraltar, in order to make it more accessible to the local community.

Self Help Tips during pregnancy

Will I still have problems after the birth?

Yes and no. After the birth, often the decreased weight will immediately decrease the strain on the body. However, the hormonal changes in the body can take a number of weeks to settle, and therefore the body can stay vunerable to aches and pains. After the birth, the body not only has to recover from the changes it made during pregnancy, but also from the effects of delivery. Physiotherapy is effective in helping the mother to recover. Pelvic floor trauma can also be helped by physiotherapy.