Category Archives: Client Stories

Melissa

Melissa

Just before her 15th birthday, Melissa was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

At her worst, she struggled to walk, carry objects and do everyday activities like get in the bath or shower. Although she had tried physio from the NHS, Melissa found she was not seen often enough and given sheets of exercises which did not motivate her to complete the activities.

Impact of lockdown

Due to the COVID pandemic and lockdown, Melissa had not been out of the house for 6 months when Anastasia Giljazova, Senior Neurological Physiotherapist with Physio Matters, began working with her. Their treatment sessions are often watched by Melissa’s cat Maisy too!

Melissa had lost much of her core stability and confidence, and it became clear that key goals were to build up her strength and mobility, and to restore her confidence so she could walk outside.

With Anastasia’s help and her own hard work, Melissa agrees she has significantly improved thanks to physio treatment, especially focusing on strengthening and stretching. She can now get in and out of the shower on her own, prepare a meal, and is less fearful of falling outside her home when she goes for a walk.

“The physio is tailored to the individual and for what works best for Melissa,” says her partner Jake. “It’s lifted a big weight off my shoulders and it is nice to see the bond that Melissa and Anastasia have as she gets stronger and better.”

Watch Melissa’s story

Watch Melissa explain how treatment from Physio Matters has helped to improve her quality of life, enabled her to do everyday tasks and given her the confidence to walk outside again.

Ruth

Ruth

Maintaining independence with Multiple Sclerosis

Ruth was diagnosed with MS in 2008 and eventually had to give up her career as a Social Worker. Find out how Physio Matters has supported Ruth’s rehab and helped her maintain a level of independence at home. Continue Reading

John

John

Rehab support for spinal cord injury

Former professional rugby player John was 18 years old when he broke his neck during a tackle. Find out how Physio Matters has supported John’s rehab for over 20 years, and the importance of virtual treatment during Covid-19. 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

Sam

Sam

Engaging young people with Cerebral Palsy

14-year-old Sam has Cerebral Palsy, which has affected his growth and development. Find out how Physio Matters is using fun activities including boxing to help Sam improve his strength, mobility and coordination.
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Richard

Richard

Maintaining mobility with Multiple Sclerosis

Richard is living with MS, reduced vision due to retinitis pigmentosa, and Type 1 diabetes. Find out how Physio Matters helped him to address his mobility issues and source new equipment to help him stand again.
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Tony

Tony

Regaining confidence and fitness after brain injury at work

Tony didn’t leave his home for a year following a brain injury caused by a work accident. Find out how Physio Matters helped him build his confidence and regain his quality of life through hydrotherapy and gym work. Continue Reading

Alex

Alex

Living an active life with Cerebral Palsy – and playing music too

22-year-old Alex was born with Cerebral Palsy and is a permanent wheelchair user. With help from his dad Les, find out how we helped Alex live a more active life – which now includes playing keyboard in a band.
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Joan & Ernie

Joan & Ernie

Friendship through physio rehab for care home residents

Joan and Ernie lived in the same residential care home. Ernie suffered multiple strokes which left him reliant on a walking frame, while 91-year-old Joan became immobile after having a bad fall. Watch Joan and Ernie explain how Physio Matters helped them both exceed their goals.
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Lee

Lee

Enjoying sports as therapy after a Stroke

Lee was initially left as a wheelchair user following a Stroke in 2005 and needed a hoist for transfers. Now he engages with a wide range of activities as part of his rehab. Find out how Physio Matters helped Lee improve his mobility and core strength through adaptive sports.
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