We are a team of experienced and dynamic health care professionals, aiming to provide you with the highest level of patient care. We offer a comprehensive pathway to facilitate your recovery by offering the following services:
Our approach is personal. We take time to listen to you, clinically reason the cause of your condition or injury and thereby will formulate a comprehensive treatment plan. This will help you to understand, alleviate and manage your condition and prevent the likelihood of its reoccurrence.
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
As in the October Edition of the In touch Magazine
DEMENTIA FRIENDLY HADLEIGH
We are delighted to announce that the Hadleigh Physiotherapy are our latest local business to sign up to support the work of the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance. Will and Lottie Dykes set up the practice in 2013 and are located at 111 George Street, Hadleigh in the heart of our community.
Will and Lottie are joined by a team of experienced and dynamic health care professionals, and aim to provide every client with the highest level of patient care. They offer a comprehensive pathway to facilitate recovery by offering the following services: Physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates, Acupuncture, Swedish and Sports Massage, Respiratory and Paediatric Physiotherapy.
The team offer a person-centred approach and take time to listen to you, clinically reason the cause of your condition or injury and thereby will formulate a comprehensive treatment plan. This will help you to understand, alleviate and manage your condition and prevent the likelihood of its reoccurrence.
As part of becoming a dementia friendly business the team have set the following aims;
o We aim to encourage all our team to become dementia friends
o We support the work of the local alliance
o We will sign post people to local services that allow them to stay active and connected
If your business or employer has not yet signed up to support the work of the Alliance or you would like more information email us on email@example.com or visit our website at www.hadleighdementiafriends.co.uk
Physiotherapy for dementia
Dementia is a loss of cognitive ability in a person who was previously unimpaired. It is an umbrella term that describes a set of symptoms that occur when the brain is damaged by certain conditions. A lack of cognitive ability can significantly impact on an individual’s physical presentation. Physiotherapy can help an individual with dementia to remain as independent as possible.
An assessment is best carried out in a client’s home or familiar environment.
Depending on the client’s stage on their dementia journey it is often helpful to have a friend or relative present at the assessment to provide a detailed account of the individual’s past medical history, daily routine, problems and hobbies. Following a detailed assessment, a list of the individual’s problems will be formulated along with realistic goals and an appropriate treatment plan. The treatment plan will be specific to the individual’s needs. However, a general treatment plan may involve:
Depending on the severity of the dementia, communication, understanding and memory may be a problem for the individual. This can make it difficult for them to engage in treatment, understand the purpose of therapy and remember to do exercises in their own time. If this is the case, our experienced clinicians utilise functional every day activities such as walking to the bathroom or polishing a table as therapeutic exercise which has purpose and meaning to promote participation whilst achieving specific goals.
Carer education is an important part of physiotherapy for dementia. The Physiotherapists will provide physical demonstrations, verbal instruction and written handover to carers involved in the management of an individual with dementia to ensure holistic care 24 hours a day. Carers are often shown how to use equipment, how to roll or position someone in bed, how to transfer or walk with an individual safely.
NICE and SIGN guidelines recommend physiotherapy for promoting and maintaining independence for this client group.
For more information on the Alliance or dementia friends visit:
If you would like to get involved and become a dementia friend or dementia friendly business, you can contact Tracey at: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01473 823470
Tuesday 19th September 2017
Paediatric Physiotherapy – Q&A
In September we introduced you to our newest member of the team, Paediatric Specialist Physiotherapist, Ruth Dunstone.
A children’s physiotherapist specialises in treating children from birth up to the age of 18 and has the additional knowledge of childhood diseases with the expertise to assess and devise management programs suitable for varying stages of development.
How can physiotherapy help children?
Children are prone to different conditions and injuries to that of adults, often requiring a modified approach to management. It is a specialist area of physio as additional knowledge of such childhood conditions and child development is needed. Overall, the aim is to ensure that they meet their physical potential while encouraging an active lifestyle for health and well-being.
What are the most common conditions that you treat?
Anything from 'my child moves funny' to not meeting their development milestones or sports injuries. Most often though, it’s an issue with the legs, like tight muscles, pain or postural issues.
When did you first discover that you wanted to be a children's physiotherapist?
During my degree, I had two paediatric placements and I knew then I was 100% suited.
Tell us about your experience in this field.
I have worked with children for almost 9 years. I am currently working for NHS England with the Children's Physiotherapy team at Ipswich Hospital, but have previously worked in Gibraltar and at the Royal Hospital for Children, in Glasgow. I have a special interest in the early years and neurological problems.
What do you find most rewarding in your work?
There is never a dull day when you work with kids, they always surprise you and over the years I have been inspired by their resilience.
What does Hadleigh Physio have to offer?
When I first met Lottie and Will (owners) at the Hadleigh Show, they were incredibly warm and appeared dedicated to their profession. I like that it’s a family run business and they stand for the same principles I do. Importantly, the barn at Hadleigh Physio is a lovely big space to be able to assess children doing what they do best – playing.
How can I find out more about the services that you offer?
Please look at the website for more info and links or alternatively call/email with any questions.
Friday 8th September 2017
We are very excited to introduce our newest member of the team, Paediatric Specialist Physiotherapist, Ruth Dunstone BSc (hons) MCSP.
A children’s physiotherapist specialises in treating children from birth up to the age of 18 and has additional knowledge of childhood diseases with the expertise to assess and devise management programs suitable for varying stages of development.
Ruth is HCPC registered and is an active member of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP). Whilst she has a keen interest in the early years and neurological conditions, she has a wide breadth of experience across the field of paediatrics.
Ruth qualified from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2008 and has specialised in Children's Physiotherapy since then.
Initially, working for Capability Scotland, a charity supporting children with complex needs, she worked under fully certified Bobath therapists and she herself completed the introductory course. She further trained in paediatric splinting, manual handling, hydrotherapy and rebound therapy. Whilst working for the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow with the respiratory and neurology teams, she gained a huge amount of experience rehabilitating children with conditions such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, cardiac and neurological complaints.
Whilst living in Gibraltar she gained further experience and expertise treating children with musculoskeletal, sports, chronic fatigue and obesity issues, to name but a few.
Ruth loves the outdoors and can often be seen in the countryside walking or running and after having had a baby last year she is getting back to her other love of Yoga.
Ruth will hold clinics at our Hadleigh practice on Monday afternoons with home visits by appointment.
Friday 14th July 2017
Our practitioners here at Hadleigh Physiotherapy have had a very busy few months out of work from cycling up and climbing mountains to swimming in open waters and they certainly don’t like to make it too easy for themselves!
As you would know from last month’s edition of the Hadleigh Community News and Facebook, Will spent the last week of June cycling across the Dolomites in Italy with our mascot Maximus making sure spirits were kept high throughout the ride. We offer Will a huge congratulations for finishing the gruelling Maratona Dolomites race on Sunday 2nd July in an amazing time.
On the 8th of July our Sports Masseuse Kerry, took on a challenge of epic proportions and in the dark too! Kerry and Maximus survived the gale force winds, cold conditions and torrential rain of Ben Nevis and whilst they were unable to summit, they reached a staggering 903 metres before visibility was zero and the organisers stopped further hiking.
Well done Kerry who managed to raise a great amount of money for the Alzheimer’s Society. If you would like to sponsor her post-event then please visit her link at Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kerry-wheeler3
Other news for Kerry is that she will be offering from August onwards, both Swedish and Sports Massage appointments at our Martlesham practice on a Tuesday and Thursday morning.
On a more community focussed subject, we met with the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance on the 7th of July so that we could work towards becoming a more Dementia Friendly practice. The session was very informative and we look forward to further training later in the year.
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