Research topics

We select the topics we research from everyday physiotherapy practice. Physiotherapy services must be effective, appropriate and economical: the effectiveness of physiotherapeutic measures, in particular, must be scientifically proven. For this reason, we analyse past therapeutic approaches and help develop new evidence-based concepts for findings and treatments.

Neuromuscular Control

Group head: Heiner Baur, PhD

We focus on the influence of internal (age, gender, etc.) and external factors like training parameters, orthotic devices or pathology on dynamic movement patterns. The general methodological paradigm combines the pure biomechanical view with a focus on the organization and adaptation of the neuromuscular system.

Spinal Movement Biomechanics

Group head: Stefan Schmid, PT, PhD

The «Spinal Movement Biomechanics Group» uses state-of-the-art motion capturing and musculoskeletal modeling approaches to better understand spinal disorders and to evaluate existing and/or new treatment approaches

Pelvic Floor and Continence

Group head: Lorenz Radlinger, PhD

The «Pelvic Floor and Continence Group» focuses on the neuromechanical analysis of the pelvic floor.

Foot Biomechanics and Technology

Group head: Patric Eichelberger, PhD

The «Foot Biomechanics and Technology Group» concerns oneself with gaining a better understanding of foot biomechanics and related complaints and evaluating or developing therapy options with a focus on applying current technology to the assessment and therapy of the locomotor system and orthotics.

Public Health & Physiotherapy Related Health Economics

Group head: Jan Taeymans, PhD

Using state-of-the-art health economic (modeling) approaches, we conduct research aiming at a better understanding of the Cost-of-Illness of different disorders and to evaluate Cost-Effectiveness or Cost-Utility of public-health interventions and (new) physiotherapy-related treatment approaches.