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Did you hear us on the radio the other day?

Thanks to Ellie Colton for hosting Peter Thomason from the Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic.

Pete was live on the breakfast show with Ellie, discussing the free osteoarthritis classes that we are running in conjunction with the Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Community Programme.

Catch the playback where the report was aired at 7.35am on the 10th May here

Hallamshire Physiotherapy, Sheffield’s leading specialist physiotherapy clinic, has signed a landmark corporate sponsorship deal with Sheffield Wednesday FC Community Programme, the football club’s charitable arm, established to support the development of cohesive community provision in the wider Sheffield area.

“We are looking forward to developing our partnership with the Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme,” said Peter Thomason, Director at Hallamshire Physiotherapy. “This will help us to deliver a service in the North of the city, assist with charitable work, and help to support the mental and physical health and wellbeing of the people in the City of Sheffield.”

The corporate sponsorship deal will see the clinic providing a range of rehabilitation and physiotherapy services through the community programme and will help to expand and increase the club’s impact across local communities in Sheffield, such as through dedicated mental health initiatives, disability football sessions, a dedicated minibus for young participants, kit donation scheme and many more.

Ben Winter, Deputy Head of Community at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic as one of our corporate supporters! Thanks to their generous support we can continue to expand and increase our impact across the local community.”

The clinic was established in 2004 with the intention of providing a centre of excellence for physiotherapy, based on outstanding staff and a commitment to provide a high-quality service. Today the clinic has three locations and over twenty-four therapists providing specialist treatments in areas such as: Neurological Rehabilitation alongside the PD Warrior Programme, Balance/Vestibular Rehabilitation, Respiratory Treatment, MSK/Musculoskeletal Problems, Spinal Specialist Rehabilitation, Women’s and Men’s Health, Sports Massage and many more.

Hallamshire Physiotherapy Ltd, Sheffield’s leading specialist physiotherapy clinic, has launched a revolutionary new therapy to help people with Parkinsons manage some of their symptoms. Strolll Augmented Reality Therapy involves patients wearing a special headset linked to specialist digital therapeutic software to help improve mobility, confidence and independence.

This new therapy transforms physiotherapy and rehabilitation for people living with neurological disorders, particularly those with Parkinsons who’s symptoms can include ‘freezing’, a common condition that causes patients to suddenly stop moving and feel as though they are stuck to the ground.

Karen Hodgson, Director of Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic said, “For people with Parkinsons, reduced walking ability, balance and falls are often one of the most challenging symptoms. They can worsen as the disease progresses because the part of the brain that controls automatic movement (like walking) is degenerating. Strolll Augmented Reality Therapy provides people with visual or auditory stimuli that can enable a person with Parkinsons to detour that part of the brain and engage other brain areas that can control movement, but are unaffected by the disease, thus alleviating several debilitating motor symptoms.”

At a recent launch event in Sheffield, patient Avis Holmes was amazed with the technology, “Very good, I could see all my surroundings, yet enjoy the various activities being projected all around me, I was so focused on the images that it took my mind off my condition, before I often froze when turning corners, but with the headsets I don’t even think about it.”

“Patients are so focused on what they are seeing, such as lines on the floor, they don’t notice they have entered a new room and do not freeze,” says Karen Hodgson, “Patients can then take the headset home with them and practise as much as they like with the remote guidance of a physiotherapist. The more they practise these methods, the less likely they are to freeze. This isn’t a cure, but it’s a really great way to manage the symptoms.”

The tech-driven solution provides gamified exercise therapy through targeted, clinically proven augmented reality activities. It allows patients to access rehabilitation exercise at home and maintain their disease at a lower stage for longer. It has potential applications in rehabilitation of other neurological disorders, such as strokes and multiple sclerosis.

The clinic was established in 2004 with the intention of providing a centre of excellence for physiotherapy, based on outstanding staff and a commitment to provide a high-quality service. Today the clinic has three locations and over twenty-four therapists providing specialist treatments in areas such as: Neurological Rehabilitation alongside the PD Warrior Programme, Balance/Vestibular Rehabilitation, Respiratory Treatment, MSK/Musculoskeletal Problems, Spinal Specialist Rehabilitation, Women’s and Men’s Health, Sports Massage and many more.

For more information about the Strolll Augmented Reality Therapy, please visit: www.hallamshirephysiotherapy.com/treatments/augmented-reality-therapy/

To watch a video of the open day and see the Augmented Reality treatment in action, please select the image below.

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We were proud to sponsor the award for ‘Overall best academic performance on the BSc Physiotherapy course 2023’ at Sheffield Hallam University.

Peter Thomason, Director at Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic presented Grace Young with her clinic prize.

The Mail on Sunday – January 7th 2024

Parkinsons patients could soon be given augmented reality (AR) goggles on the NHS to combat symptoms of the degenerative condition.

The incurable disease, which occurs when parts of the brain become damaged, affects mobility, leaving sufferers struggling to move and experiencing involuntary shaking.

One of the most common problems causes patients to suddenly stop moving and feel as though they are stuck to the ground – also known as freezing. This often arises upon reaching a doorway or standing up.

It is unclear why, but experts believe it may be due to the brain struggling to compute the change of environment.

This is typically treated with physiotherapy sessions that include techniques such as stepping over an imaginary object or marching in place before stepping forwards.

However, these tricks are not always effective and often require attending sessions at a clinic to practice – a challenging prospect for patients with limited mobility.

But physiotherapists in Yorkshire are now offering Parkinsons sufferers a headset which offers ‘unfeezing’ exercises that they can master at home.

The normal world can be seen through the goggles, but artificial images are projected on to the screen. In one setting, patients can see a bird floating in front of them. As they walk towards it, the bird moves away. And another shows coloured lines on the floor which light up as the user gets closer.

Experts claim the gadget – called a Strolll headset – is so effective that patients wearing it no longer experience freezing.

‘Patients are so focused on what they are seeing, such as lines on the floor, they don’t notice they have entered a new room and do not freeze,’ says Karen Hodgson, director of Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic.

‘Patients can then take the headset home with them and practise as much as they like without the guidance of a physiotherapist. The more they practise these methods, the less likely they are to freeze.’

Researchers at Leeds University are currently recruiting NHS patients for a trial of the technology.

If successful, this could lead to thousands of Parkinsons patients being offered the headsets.

‘Freezing is a really unpleasant experience, and patients often feel embarrassed when it happens in public,’ adds Ms Hodgson.

‘This isn’t a cure, but it’s a really great way to manage the worst of the symptoms.’

To read the Mail on Sunday article click here

Karen Hodgson, Director at Sheffield’s Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic, recently took part in the 6th World Parkinson Congress in Barcelona, highlighting exercise as currently being the best tool to slow the progression of Parkinsons.

The congress unlike other scientific congresses brought together all members of the global Parkinsons community, from scientific, clinical, rehabilitation, clients to advocates.

Karen said “It was a huge honour to be invited to this Congress. I attended as a member of the global PD Warrior team, who were providing a workshop about the benefits of high intensity exercise, we had a large group from the congress trying out the PD Warrior exercise programme.”

Karen continued “The highlight of the conference was not only meeting amazing people, all with the common aim of improving treatment and management of Parkinsons, but also the fact that everyone speaking highlighted exercise as one of the best tools to slow the progression of the disease.”

Hallamshire Physiotherapy are Sheffield’s leading specialist physiotherapy clinic, providing high-quality treatment and rehabilitation for a range of complex problems, including managing Parkinsons through exercise. PD Warrior, delivered by Hallamshire Physiotherapy, is an exercise programme that aims to slow down Parkinsons. The clinic provides classes that are enjoyable and show how to exercise for life to keep in peak physical and mental condition at every stage of the disease. There are no other facilities in the region offering this successful programme.

Wondering what the best treatment is for Osteoarthritis based on the evidence?

New guidelines have recently been published by NICE, which is the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

If you want to be sure you are having the best available treatment for your Osteoarthritis, make sure you check out this post to ensure your healthcare professional is following the most recent guidance.

The recommendations are based on evidence compiled through systematic reviews, for what interventions are proven to be the most effective.

For more information on osteoarthritis, visit https://www.hallamshirephysiotherapy.com/condi…/knee-pain/

We know that back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide (600 million people have it). This is expected to rise by 36% by 2030 (IHME 2023).

The chances of developing back pain is increased by:

– Obesity, Smoking and Physical INactivity (amongst other risk factors)

– Heavy lifting/Awkward positions (if not conditioned to do this)

– Fatigue and stress.

The current recommendations based on UK guidelines are:

– Consult with a Physio or GP early as:

staying at work/returning to work sooner makes you more likely to recover completely

– Modify activities in acute pain to keep active. Continuing these habits longer-term though can become unhelpful

– Movement is important to avoid developing back pain

If you need any further information, visit Back Pain

To view the study visit here

or to listen to the interview on BBC sounds.

Or call to book an appointment at Hallamshire Physiotherapy on 0114 267 1223.

 

1. Osteoarthritis can be considered as ‘wrinkles on the inside’. As we age, our skin develops wrinkles due to the aging process. As we age, our joints also change – this is normal and happens to everyone. This does not mean our joints are wearing out though.

2. Countless research studies show that people with NO PAIN have ‘changes’ on x-ray suggesting Osteoarthritis. The graph shown on the chart below, shows the number of people with osteoarthritis seen on a scan, but all involved did not experience any pain.

3. Having Osteoarthritis can increase your chance of having pain, but does not directly increase your levels of pain. People can have osteoarthritis on an x-ray but not experience any pain, regardless of the extent of the changes.

4. Exercise is shown to improve pain levels and strength of muscles and joints in those with Osteoarthritis (Vincent and Vincent 2012). You just need to get the right amount of exercise and not do too much.

5. Physiotherapy works for the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Evidence suggests that Physiotherapy can reduce the need for surgery in those deemed suitable due to osteoarthritis, by 68-74%! (Ackerman et al 2020).

Reference: (guermazi et al 2012)

PD Warrior is a unique programme of exercise to help people newly diagnosed with Parkinsons. It originated in Australia and was developed to help people to slow down the progression of their disease.

PD Warrior is an advanced exercise programme that incorporates both physical and cognitive activity for people in the early stages of Parkinsons. It is an intensive circuit programme designed to fight the symptoms. PD Warrior is supported by a growing body of evidence that shows that intensive, high effort, complex exercise has the potential to slow the progression of your symptoms by using neuroplasticity – your brains natural ability to re-organise its pathways and connections, much like rewiring. The key to achieving this re-wiring includes being consistent and using the right exercise prescription.

It is important not to wait for symptoms to impact upon daily life before taking up the correct type of exercise.

If you want to find out more, please contact Karen Hodgson at Hallamshire Physiotherapy on 0114 267 1223 or email info@hallamshirephysiotherapy.com

If you have been newly diagnosed please don’t delay and begin Living Brave with Parkinsons.

Dizziness and disorientation can have damaging effects on our lives, whether that be through increased anxiety and decreased confidence to do our normal activities or stopping us from doing the things we love such as sports and socialising. The symptoms can even affect us when lying down, interfering with our sleep and our mood.

You may feel helpless to manage these symptoms and unsure of what may be causing them, and there does not appear to be much help or support available from immediate healthcare services.

Fortunately, there is often an explanation for these symptoms and at Hallamshire Physiotherapy, our specialist clinicians are trained in diagnosing and treating vestibular conditions that can interfere with our balance systems, leading to dizziness or other similar symptoms.

If you want to have a chat about whether Vestibular Physiotherapy would be beneficial for you, please contact the clinic.

By Peter Thomason

I am a specialist MSK Physiotherapist and Director of Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic in Sheffield.

The following blogs were part of my MSc in Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice at the University of Nottingham in 2022.

 

How I first came to question passive stretches

If stretching is the answer, then what is the question? I used to believe that treating musculoskeletal conditions was simple; strengthen what is weak and stretch what is tight. The biopsychosocial model has however proven it is not so straightforward to manage pain. But what does the evidence suggest when it comes to flexibility? Is stretching still the gold standard?

READ MORE https://physiopete.home.blog/2019/10/24/stretching1/

 

Why do we stretch?

Stretching is well known about and used worldwide. An international survey revealed 53% of physically active adults normally stretch and 80% of personal trainers in the United States prescribe it (Nuzzo 2019). We may stretch because we have been advised by a medical professional, or because it just seems like the right thing to do. But why do we actually do it?

READ MORE https://physiopete.home.blog/2019/11/24/why-do-we-stretch/

 

Strengthen to lengthen

When we talk about strength training, what comes to mind? Perhaps an image of Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his large muscles and well-defined physique. But did you associate it with flexibility? Strength training has been recognised for so long as a way to improve the size and strength of our muscles. The concept that it can actually improve the length is relatively new.

READ MORE https://physiopete.home.blog/2020/01/02/strengthen-to-lengthen/

 

Static stretching vs eccentric loading

There are a few relevant studies available that actually compare static stretching with eccentric loading for flexibility, but they all conclude the same thing; both result in significant improvements in flexibility, but there is no significant difference between the two interventions.

READ MORE https://physiopete.home.blog/2020/01/08/stretching-vs-eccentric-loading/

 

Flexibility

I can only recall 2 situations where my lack of flexibility has limited me (I’m not a very flexible person). The first time was during a game of twister, where I couldn’t quite reach my foot over to the blue circle. The second occasion was when I went bouldering and I was unable to lift my leg high enough to reach the foothold.

READ MORE https://physiopete.home.blog/2020/01/08/flexibility/

Hallamshire Physiotherapy Ltd, Sheffield’s leading specialist physiotherapy clinic has won the 2022/23 ‘Yorkshire Physiotherapy Centre of the Year’ awarded by the Yorkshire Prestige program.

The annual award goes to independent physiotherapy clinics who have been judged as extremely successful and hard working on a local level. This year, thanks to a nomination by a patient, the Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic won it. Many clinics were nominated with industry expert judges ultimately picking the winner.

Karen Hodgson, Director of the clinic said,

 

“We are obviously delighted to have won this award for our high-quality specialist treatments. Thank you to all our patients who support us, especially to whoever nominated us, and a big thank you to all our highly skilled and approachable staff.”

Click the image below to watch the short interview with Karen Hodgson.

Hallamshire Physiotherapy Ltd, Sheffield’s leading specialist physiotherapy clinic, is proud to announce its sponsorship of Olympic Crookes Football Club.

Andy Taylor, Manager of Olympic Crookes said, “We are very pleased to be sponsored by Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic and for their support this season as we aim to win promotion to the top division in the Sheffield & District Fair Play League.”

Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic have a history of supporting local community organisations, but this is the first support of a local football club at grass roots level. Sports injury, rehabilitation and massage is a growing treatment area for the clinic with specialist therapists.

Hallamshire Physiotherapy Ltd, Sheffield’s leading specialist physiotherapy clinic, has appointed Peter Thomason as a Director, to help develop the range of high-quality, specialist treatments for the future.

“I am delighted to be joining the highly skilled team at Hallamshire Physiotherapy and working with the therapists to develop the specialist areas we treat, building on the trust and outstanding reputation achieved since 2004,” said Peter.

Peter graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2015 with an Honours degree and the University of Nottingham with a Masters degree in 2022. He has also been a physiotherapist for the NHS and Sheffield Wednesday FC.

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