When our clients smash their goals through hard work and determination, the team at The Physio Co feel an equal sense of satisfaction.
One example of this is physiotherapist Sue Mavin, who says of her client Nadia:
“I love seeing Nadia’s lovely smile when I arrive – she is such a pleasure to treat.”
Nadia, for her part, describes her physiotherapy sessions as “amazing”, and looks forward to them every week.
Nadia has a condition called PSP (progressive supranuclear palsy), which has symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease. This makes exercise especially important as it keeps all her joints moving, from her feet up to her neck and shoulders.
Sue says: “She gets amazing relief from the treatment and to have the freedom of having all her joints exercised.”
Nadia began treatment with Sue and The Physio Co 18 months ago. Severe lower back pain was stopping her from sitting through a whole lunch or outing with her family, which was particularly demoralising for Nadia as she loves different foods and eating out.
Sue began working on her lower back with some hands-on physiotherapy and exercises to help with her core muscles and to keep her lower limbs mobile and strong. Although Nadia uses a wheelchair, she can still stand up and transfer with one person helping her and take a few steps using her frame.
The early treatment went well and Nadia showed good progress, managing to reduce her lower back pain enough to have an outing with the family without too much discomfort. That was one goal smashed, and a huge relief for Nadia!
The family then noticed, while out to lunch, Nadia was struggling to bring her wine glass or coffee cup to her mouth. So Sue gave her another goal of being able to accomplish this.
By focusing on Nadia’s shoulder, elbow and neck with passive and active assisted movements, Sue was able to help her move those joints more easily. Sue also did soft tissue releases to her neck and upper trapezius, which helped her to keep her head nice and straight and have better posture.
Soon Nadia was sitting up strongly in the dining room, sipping on a milkshake unaided. Goal smashed again!
As Sue says: “No goal is too small as long as it is meaningful. Our next goal will be to manage to eat a burger with the works!”