Dr Cristina Staub studied neurophysiology and linguistics after her physiotherapy education in order to know more about the effects of (nonverbal) communication in the treatment success. She additionally completed educations in performing and analysing polysomnography and graduated with PhD about correlations between physiologic and neuropsychologic parameters in persons with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
Because more than 30% of the population suffer from some sleep disturbances, often without optimal treatments, she is looking for individual alternative solutions, doing research about those, and applying them in practice, treating not only sleep problems but also the secondary diseases. She works holistically, always considering the functional unit of body and mind.
She is also giving courses for affected people as well as therapists, regularly in an interdisciplinary cooperation with occupational therapists: She is co-author of the Swiss concept for the integration of sleep in the treatment fields of physical and occupational therapists and holds lectures about this neglected topic at international conferences.
She is the delegate of Switzerland in the “International Organization of Physical Therapists in Mental Health” (IOPTMH) and a board member of the Swiss mental health group (SAG PPP), arranging professional exchange and providing subject-specific brochures.