Christian Kihr is a senior physiotherapist educated in Germany, having graduated in 2007 from the institute “Bildungswerk fuer Gesundheitsberufe e.V.” Erfurt, Germany. He has 15 years of experience in pediatric and adult physiotherapy. His postgraduate training includes lymphatic drainage, joint drainage, robotic-assisted therapy, autogenic training, and MAES Therapy. His neurological experience involves handling developmental disorders, cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes, and spinal cord injuries.
After graduating in 2007, he worked in a specialized rehabilitation center in Germany, where he guided patients after hip/knee replacement surgery, ACL/PCL injuries, and patients after spinal surgery through their rehabilitation process. He also supported the local football club’s youth team before, during, and after their matches.
From 2009 to 2022, Christian worked in the UAE for Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination in Mafraq, Abu Dhabi, as a Senior Physiotherapist. At ZHO, he was part of a multidisciplinary team in the residential facility for profoundly disabled individuals for four years. His tasks involved comprehensive individualized assessments, multidisciplinary goal setting, and treatment planning. Physiotherapy treatments included thermo therapy, individual and group sessions, mobility training, and sensory stimulation treatments. He also provided training in positioning, manual handling, mobility device usage, and upkeep.
Further 9 years he joined the Medical department in a rehabilitative daycare center, where he was responsible for Assessment Completion of shared multidisciplinary assessments, individualized developmental objective setting and scheduling. He provided individual and group therapy sessions, hydrotherapy, robotic-assisted/smart therapy, assistive technology and mobility device usage and training, supportive behavioral interventions, orthopedic support collaboration, and strengthening and flexibility treatments. His holistic approach to treatment included collaboration with other therapy disciplines, educators, parents, and support staff.
During his time at ZHO, he gained profound knowledge of treating children/adults with neurological deficiencies such as cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes, developmental disorders, and spinal cord injuries. As one of the first institutions to implement robotic-assisted therapy, Christian was part of the first team that was educated on devices like the Hocoma Lokomat for gait training. In 2019, he finished his further education to become a certified MAES therapist.