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Bechterew Programmes

(Outpatient or 19 days / 18 nights)


Benefit from the 60 years of medical expertise offered by the Leukerbad Clinic

in rehabilitation of the locomotor system and rheumatology!


The Bechterew programmes of the Leukerbad Clinic are intended to treat patients suffering from ankylosing spondylitis, in order to help them cope better in their day to day lives with the least possible pain and restrictions. They aim in particular to preserve mobility of the spinal column and strengthen the muscles. Bechterew programmes can be followed on an outpatient or residential basis. The residential programme can also include therapeutic fasting under medical supervision in order to eliminate toxic substances or metabolic residues and strengthen the organism’s natural defences.

Your stay at the Leukerbad Clinic will allow you to benefit from natural elements favourable to the regeneration of your body such as the pure Swiss mountain air, an ideal altitude, and thermal water swimming pools naturally rich in minerals. The serenity of the surroundings provides the assurance of complete discretion.


Who this programme is for:

The Bechterew programmes of the Leukerbad Clinic are intended for anyone suffering from ankylosing spondylitis (or Bechterew’s disease) and wishing to benefit from a proven medical treatment. They allow patients to cope better in their day to day lives with the least possible pain and restrictions.


Content of the programme:

Before your arrival at the Leukerbad Clinic, a doctor and a coordinator plan the details of your programme. On your arrival at the clinic, a consultation with the doctor based on medical imaging tests, laboratory analyses and the clinical examination allow the complete personalisation of your stay.


Health check-up

  • Health check-up: comprehensive medical questionnaire and medical history
  • Medical consultation with the doctor in charge
  • Dietetic evaluation
  • Blood test
  • Electrocardiogram and X-ray


Treatments and therapies

  • Physiotherapy (mobilization of the joints, passive physiotherapy, movement therapy)
  • Hydrotherapy and balneotherapy
  • Medical therapy through training (fitness, CYBEX eagle and cardio ® equipment)
  • Re-educative group gymnastics specific to ankylosing spondylitis
  • Therapeutic massages (mobilization of muscles and conjunctive tissue)
  • Manual lymphatic drainage (LYMPHA-MAT®, gradient intermittent compression for lymphatic drainage)
  • Heat, cold and ultrasound therapy
  • Electrotherapy (Deep Oscillation HIVAMAT®, TENS®, COMPEX®, KNEEHAB®, lontophoresis)
  • Shockwave therapy
  • CON-TREX® isokinetic training
  • Relaxation
  • Ergonomic proficiency, advice and training in auxiliary methods
  • Clinical psychology: advice and intervention where required, relaxation techniques
  • Prevention and re-education workshops
  • Dietary advice


All treatments are administered by health professionals: nurse, physiotherapist, sports therapist, occupational therapist, masseur, and psychologist. Types of session and their frequency are discussed with the doctor and are planned on an individual basis. Constant medical supervision is provided by a doctor specialising in orthopaedic surgery and disorders of the locomotor system and a specialist in physical medicine and readaptation. The complete medical record is forwarded to you as soon as possible after your departure from the clinic.


Doctors at the Leukerbad Clinic can organise tests and examinations on request for each programme at extra cost. 



On request


For further information concerning our terms and your future stay, do not hesitate to contact us via
the contact form or by phone on +41 (0)27 472 51 11.


The factsheet gives you more details on the programmes.


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