Therapeutic exercise or physiotherapy?

Actually, it’s a shame that nowadays we use the term physiotherapy with increasing frequency in place of the term “therapeutic exercise” and literally taking its place. After all, there are certainly quite a few differences between the two disciplines.Therapeutic exercise takes a more “athletic” approach to the diseased organism, while physiotherapy is derived from the words “physiology” (i.e. the study of nature) or “physiological” (often falsely used as the opposite of pathological) and “therapy”.

“Physical therapy” perhaps comes closer to the true meaning, while the term “physical medicine” is even more remote and implies the use of technology.

No matter which of the terms you prefer personally, the 4D PRO® sling trainer can be used for both applications and, thanks to its immense variability, covers a vast spectrum of therapeutic and training efforts, which help, for instance with many of modern ailments.


Let’s look at the example of a tibia fracture, which should be repaired quickly since it is a classic “hardware problem” so that the “software” can be kept on a healthful track immediately after surgery.

In the overall progression of the recovery process, the actual “repair” takes up a very short period of time. The rehabilitation phase, on the other hand, is rather longer and more complex. This is the phase that aims at repairing the “software.” However, the physician who was in charge of the hardware damage repair is often also the one who orders the post-surgical care.

In this phase it is important to make certain that careful precautions are taken to make sure that such decisions will not cause problems during the recovery phase or for the patient. Hence, it is of critical importance to motivate the patient to participate to make sure optimum results are achieved within the short recovery period available.


Regardless of whether it is in the training or therapy session, working with the 4D PRO® sling trainer will be a positive experience for the therapist as well as the patient – usually even during the very first session because the patient really has fun from the start, something that is not typical for therapy sessions.

The elasticity of the 4D PRO® makes the session effortless for the patient so that it no longer feels like a struggle. He or she will want more and allows the therapist to guide the patient back to smooth, safe ways back to the unfettered, unobstructed movement the patient once enjoyed.


Life means movement and movement is possible only by disturbing the stability (= creation of an instability) with the aim of controlled acceleration.

In patients who are suffering from neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral ataxia, etc. this controlled acceleration is impaired by diverse limitations. This is where the 4D PRO® sling trainer can be helpful. It stimulates the system in such a manner that it demands a brief intuitive muscle contraction at the proper moment to maintain the elastic rocking movement.

The elasticity of the system makes all the difference. When a conventional stiff sling system is used, the control effort aims at keeping the body at a still stand and in a stiff position. The same applies to shaky bases on which one strives to achieve a stable standing position.

From the perspective of 4D PRO® this is not the desired outcome. However, therapists as well as patients agree that the training with the 4D PRO® sling trainer leads to visible and noticeable improvements of the quality of movement.