Projects

We collaborate closely with partners from practice, healthcare companies, public institutions and organisations, administrative agencies and society. We also carry out research projects in collaboration with other departments at BFH.

All projects

ACL valid diagnostics – development of a valid diagnostic measure for evaluating the sensorimotor abilities of patients with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

When helping patients regain their original level of activity after an anterior cruciate ligament injury, the patient’s passive stability is assessed and their motor skills are tested (e.g. jump test). Interpretations on the function of the knee are less specific on this basis. The aim of the project is to make sensorimotor deficits objectively measurable by recording patients’ muscular activities.

 

The impact of stochastic resonance therapy on balance, gait and strength

Stochastic resonance therapy is a new therapeutic training process that uses whole-body vibration as a potentially effective supplementary treatment for improving everyday sensorimotor skills.


F.O.O.T study (Functional Operative Orthopaedic Therapy Study)

Conservative therapeutic measures have great potential for helping patients with orthopaedic complaints. Therapeutic approaches with educational content aimed at promoting self-sufficiency are particularly promising. The aim of this randomised and controlled F.O.O.T study is to explore the effects of a one-day physiotherapeutic intervention on pain and foot function in the two years following a Hallux Valgus diagnosis.

 

NW Effectiveness and Sustainability

Nordic Walking (NW) as an endurance exercise appears to have a positive effect on psychosomatic patients. NW also seems to be well suited to psychosomatics on the basis of a preliminary feasibility study.

 

Stress Urinary Incontinence Physiotherapy (SUIP)

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is often found in women and affects their physical, psychosocial and economic well-being. Two thirds of women suffering from urinary incontinence reported a negative impact on quality of life.

Bebo Impact

There is a body of evidence that pelvic floor muscles (PFM) have to contract strongly and reflexively in order to grant continence. Up to now, the focus of research on muscle function has been on the concentric and isometric muscle action.

 

Benign generalised hypermobility: active and passive tone

Hypermobility is the word used to describe increased movement in the joints. However, to date, very few studies have attempted an in-depth exploration of hypermobility or to offer a more specific definition.

 

BGJH Tone

Hypermobility causes injury to joints and cartilage: to date, the physiotherapeutic implications have largely been based on practical rather than scientific evidence.

 

Deficiencies after hip luxation surgery

Hip luxation surgery is performed on young adults. After the operation, there follows a period of partial immobilisation. Both lead to restricted function in everyday activities, the extent of which is still unknown.

 

The CurePPaC study

Conservative treatment measures for planovalgus foot are frequently prescribed; however, there is a lack of evidence-based data. The aim of this project is to explore different conservative treatment regimes.

 

Developing a mobile device set (Bern University of the Arts and BFH Health Professions)

A new method of dynamic balance training using a device set consisting of a smartphone and head-mounted display.

 

Joint Hypermobility

Even though joint hypermobility and benign generalised joint hypermobility (BGJH) syndrome are frequent and important phenomena in rheumatology, they have not received adequate attention and are still not sufficiently understood.


Strength and care in old age

Quality of life, nursing and protection from falls are key elements of care for the elderly and partly depend on physical strength. However, the main forms of strength needed in everyday activities are as yet unknown.


Pelvic Floor Stimulation: What Are The Good Vibrations?

The influence of various vibration intensities and types of vibrations on the pelvic floor of postpartum subjects and a control group were investigated.


Nursing staff in the operating theatre

To date, there has been little research conducted into workplace injuries suffered by surgical support staff. This project leverages the interdisciplinary synergies of BFH and Inselspital.


Prechtl Score

The Prechtl Score classifies abnormal neurological movement patterns. Although a regular part of treatment, the theoretical quality criteria for the test have still to be clarified.

 

Retired PhysioTherapists’ Tutor Supported Learning (RePTusule)

The RePTusule project explores the effects of supported learning from retired physiotherapists on student success, the age profile of physiotherapy students and the physical and cognitive abilities of the tutors.

 

Sensorimotor Knee

Injuries and ruptures of the anterior cruciate ligament occur frequently during physical activity. Immediately after the injury, a difference in the neuromuscular activity of the knee-stabilising muscles can be expected. The Sensorimotor Knee project explores the reflex activation and arbitrary activation of the thigh muscles after an acute anterior cruciate ligament injury and aims to deliver measures for prevention and rehabilitation.


Standardized Treadmill Walking Test

Exercise intolerance may be reported by parents of young children with respiratory diseases. There is, however, a lack of standardised exercise protocols which allow verification of these reports especially in younger children.


Strain during Stochastic Resonance Therapy (SRT) 

Hypertension as one of the established risk factors for stroke can damage vessels. Therefore, training with strenuous exercises that might cause very high blood pressure should be avoided in patients with stroke.


Stochastic resonance therapy for pelvic floor efficiency

Stochastic resonance therapy (SRT) is a new therapeutic training process that uses whole-body vibration as an effective supplementary treatment for improving sensorimotor skills and explosive strength.


SRT Gait Balance Training Strength

Stochastic resonance therapy is a new therapeutic training process that uses whole-body vibration as a potentially effective supplementary treatment for improving everyday sensorimotor skills.