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John

John

Former professional rugby player John was 18 years old when he broke his neck during a tackle. He was playing his first game for Oldham Rugby League Club’s under 19 academy side in 1995. The life-changing spinal cord injury left John in a wheelchair and unable to walk.

John is one of Physio Matters’ earliest clients, with our Director Colin Green first treating him in 1999. John’s rehab treatment initially consisted of working on him being able to stand with full leg splints, which also involved an orthotist. This progressed to walking between parallel bars, and then using a walking frame. Throughout John’s treatment, consistent core stability work has underpinned his progress, which means engaging core muscles, abdominals, and back extensors as much as his spinal cord injury will allow.

Guinness World Record

Ongoing rehab treatment has involved stretches, postural work and general cardio fitness. Over the years, Physio Matters has also helped John with a number of sporting achievements, including supporting him to gain the Guinness World Record for the fastest upper limb marathon on a rowing machine. John has also completed a half marathon in his wheelchair at Silverstone racetrack.

John’s progress

During the 20 years Physio Matters has been treating John, he has become an expert in the technical sector. He earned a Degree in Computer Leisure and Entertainment, and a Master’s in Computer Games. He now works as a Software Developer with a global sports merchandising company.

John also got married and has 3 children. In fact, our Clinical Director Colin Green was invited to the wedding and helped John to stand up so he could take his vows next to his bride Julie!

Support from Benevolent Fund

After many years of physio and hard work, John can now walk with assistance and support from a leg calliper. He lives in a specially converted bungalow and drives an adapted car. He has been supported throughout by Try Assist, the Rugby Football League’s Benevolent Fund, which installed a physiotherapy room at his home, funded equipment such as a special cycling machine to strengthen his legs, and installed a ramp at the front door. Try Assist also funded a device which gives more power to John’s wheelchair so he can go on country treks with his family.

Watch John’s story

Watch John explain how Physio Matters’ treatment has helped improve his quality of life, as our Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist, Elaine O’Flaherty, takes him through a virtual physio rehab session and explains the many benefits of online treatment for clients during Covid-19 restrictions.

Due to social distancing and lockdown, we can only show John at home rather than doing external activities, but eventually he will be back enjoying his wheelchair racing and exploring the countryside.

Joint Article: Creatine in Neuro Rehabilitation

Joint Article: Creatine in Neuro Rehabilitation

The nutritional supplement creatine has been widely used by body builders and athletes for many years. This joint article between Physio Matters and Red Pepper Nutrition examines the increase in research looking at creatine in rehabilitation and health. This research has now come to the attention of the wider public and especially those affected by… Continue Reading

Supporting Local Foodbanks in Oldham with GB Ultras

Supporting Local Foodbanks in Oldham with GB Ultras

Jam today! Physio Matters were delighted to drop off much-needed food at Oldham Foodbank recently, working in conjunction with the GB Ultras Community. As a keen ultra-runner, Physio Matters’ Clinical Director, Colin Green, is an Ambassador for GB Ultras which runs supported ultra-marathon events covering 50, 100 and 215-Mile Ultra Marathons along trails across Britain,… Continue Reading

Michael

Michael

Improving mobility, fitness and strength

Engineer Michael was left on a life support machine after an accident at work which left him with a fractured skull and a traumatic brain injury. Find out how Physio Matters helped him improve his walking and build up fitness and strength. Continue Reading

Coronavirus – Latest Update Following CSP Advice

Coronavirus – Latest Update Following CSP Advice

Following advice from the Government and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) with regards to ‘Lockdown II’ in the wake of Coronavirus, we now offer face-to-face and virtual neurological physiotherapy services. During the first lockdown, we were able to treat many clients using Video Treatment Sessions to maintain their rehab and sustain progress. As restrictions… Continue Reading

Watch the First Physio Matters Spotlight Webinar

Watch the First Physio Matters Spotlight Webinar

Physio Matters’ first Spotlight Webinar has successfully broadcast with over 60 professionals signing up to watch, with the video now available here. The first Spotlight Webinar took place on 4 November 2020 and focused on “The Changing Face of Serious Injury Litigation due to COVID-19”. Hosted by Physio Matters Clinical Director, Colin Green, the key… Continue Reading

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