Category Archives: Client Stories

Ruth

Ruth

Ruth was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2008 when she was 40 years old. She had started experiencing sensory symptoms such as pins and needles in her hands when she first realised something was wrong. After the diagnosis, her mobility and functioning gradually decreased and eventually she had to give up her career as a Social Worker. She now needs more assistance with everyday tasks.

Keeping independence and mobility

Elaine O’Flaherty, Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist with Physio Matters, has been working with Ruth to help her maintain a level of independence at home, focusing on maintaining her core strength and balance and integrating this with day-to-day activities.

Ruth’s partner Joan agrees this has been beneficial: “The rehab and support Ruth has had from Physio Matters has helped her keep her independence and kept her mobile.”

Watch Ruth’s story

Watch Ruth explain how Physio Matters’ treatment has helped her maintain as much function as possible, with help from her physio Elaine, and conclude: “If I didn’t have physio and respond well to it, I could be in a wheelchair permanently by now.”

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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Pete

Pete

Getting active again after a Stroke

Pete had a Stroke during an operation, which left him unable to stand or walk. Find out how Physio Matters helped him to stand for the first time in 4 months, learn to climb stairs and walk outdoors again.
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