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5 March, 2024

Doctor José Luis Castilla Cubero

Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Doctor José Luis Castilla has over 20 years of experience in medicine, specializing in rehabilitation and traumatology. He currently works as a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Andalusian Health Service, and is also the Medical Director at Dharma Medical Center.

  • Graduated in Medicine and Surgery.
  • Specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Valladolid.
  • Master's degree in Manual Medicine.

In his day-to-day practice, he primarily treats patients in the field of rehabilitation, taking a holistic approach and working collaboratively with assistants, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists to provide comprehensive treatment.

His dedication in this field earned him the 2017 award from the Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery of Seville for his research on traumatology in the 18th century in Seville. His work explored the influence of musculoskeletal surgery and its contribution to the development of these techniques throughout Spain.

"My goal is to continue growing in this profession that I love so much, both professionally and personally."

Since 2022, he has also been the director of the Introduction to Manual Medicine course organized by the Andalusian Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (SAMFYRE) and the Spanish Society of Manual and Orthopedic Medicine (SEMOYM), aimed at medical professionals interested in musculoskeletal pathologies.

Dr. José Luis Castilla

Doctor Castilla Cubero shares his beginnings in the field of healthcare and provides recommendations in the areas of rehabilitation and traumatology.

1. In your clinic, you primarily treat patients in the field of rehabilitation. Could you tell us about the main pathologies they present?

The main issue my patients face is pain and the resulting disability. They experience pain in the musculoskeletal system, which hinders their ability to perform their daily activities normally.

2. What basic guidelines should we follow in our daily lives to maintain the health of our bones and joints?

The first step is to control our weight. We live in an increasingly obese society, which puts excessive strain on all our joints, especially the spine and lower limbs. To address this, a healthy and balanced diet is essential, along with regular physical exercise to strengthen our muscles and provide stability to our joints.

3. In what situations do you recommend your patients supplement their diet with dietary supplements?

In cases where degenerative processes become symptomatic or when they engage in intense physical activities that result in significant energy expenditure and musculoskeletal overload.

4. What natural ingredients can be most beneficial for our musculoskeletal health?

There are many varied options. Firstly, calcium and vitamin D are helpful in cases of bone fragility. As I mentioned before, when degenerative processes begin to manifest, we should protect our joints with nutrients specific to them, such as glucosamine and chondroitin.

Additionally, collagen is a fundamental component of many tissues, which also degenerates with age and overuse.

We can take advantage of the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric and vitamin C for musculoskeletal pain.

5. You are also involved in training in the field of Manual Medicine. What does this specialty entail?

It is the oldest branch of medicine—the science of diagnosing and treating with our hands—an approach that originated within the medical field but has been overshadowed by the development of other techniques.

6. What techniques and recommendations do you offer in your Manual Medicine training? Do you utilize products focused on musculoskeletal care in your workshops?

Within Manual Medicine, we discuss techniques for soft tissues, such as fascia release, massages, fibrotic release techniques, as well as joint techniques like pumping, tractions, and joint manipulation.

In the field of soft tissues, we can use oils that facilitate treatment. If the underlying issue is inflammatory, we can recommend anti-inflammatory products, and if it is degenerative in nature, we can suggest chondroprotective agents.

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