What a Difference a Chair Makes

1 November 2017

Keeping your skills and knowledge up to date are key when working in the diverse world of physiotherapy, which led Physio Matters team members Anastasia Giljazova, Senior Neurological Physiotherapist, and Katy Parrott, Physiotherapy Assistant, to attend a Careflex training day dedicated to postural management.

Anastasia Giljazova at the training event

The course was a hands-on workshop demonstrating why seating is so important to maintain good posture, and how to select the right type of chair to meet the client's need. It was presented by Rebecca Dunstall, CareFlex Clinical Specialist and physiotherapist, who specialises in the challenges of posture and pressure management

Physiology and posture

"The training day was very good," said Katy. "Rebecca was full of information and advice on how to consider physiology, posture and the client when using the chairs from Careflex. We had the opportunity to try the chairs ourselves which helped us to understand and appreciate some of the issues involved more clearly." Anastasia added: "This will definitely help us in our work at Physio Matters and we can continue to explore new opportunities for clients to benefit from posture management and specialist seating."


"Unwise decision making and capacity - what to do about sex and drugs and rock and roll?"

Thursday 26 October 2017

The latest Brainwaves training event tackled a tricky subject this time, exploring unwise decision making after a brain injury, and in particular, decisions relating to sex and drugs.

Brainwaves training event

Brainwaves was formed by Louise Sheffield of Active Case Management Ltd and Colin Green of Physio Matters Neurological Ltd and provides interdisciplinary training sessions for professionals working in brain injury rehabilitation. The October workshop was led by Dr Gavin Newby, a Clinical Neuropsychologist at Newby Psychology, with over twenty-five years' experience working with people who have an acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families.

Gavin explored a number of complex issues with the attendees, including sexual capacity, the Sexual Offences Act, case law, and the deprivation of liberty, as well as the importance of considering human needs and the need for freedom of expression. He also explored the impact of the Munby Judgement which promotes balance and asked the key question - what is the point of being safe if that makes a person miserable?

"This was an extremely interesting workshop and highly relevant to the lives and needs of the clients we work closely with every day," added Colin Green, Clinical Director at Physio Matters and Brainwaves co-founder. "Gavin skilfully explored some of the very challenging situations people find themselves in and the difficult decisions which they and their carers face following brain injury. It gave everyone attending a greater insight into these important issues and the opportunity to discuss and explore them in more depth."

About Brainwaves:

Open to therapists, case managers, social workers, support workers, lawyers and anyone working in the field of acquired brain injury, Brainwaves shares informal clinical training, without networking and sales pitches. Training covers clinical topics such as HCPC audit process, insight after brain injury, serial casting, hydrotherapy, and many more.

The next Brainwaves event will explore 'Sport as Rehabilitation' on Thursday 14 December 2017 from 11:00am - 12:30pm and will be delivered by Disability Snowsports UK (DSUK).

To find out more about these free events, visit: or email:

Also follow Brainwaves on Twitter: @brainwavesNW


Focus on Disability Sport - Colin Green attends Don't Quit, Do It

23 October 2017

A trip to Newcastle enabled Physio Matters Director, Colin Green, to attend the Don't Quit, Do It conference recently and explore the 'Benefits of Disability Sport and Advancements in Technology'.

Hosted by solicitors Irwin Mitchell at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club on 12 October, the conference examined the barriers to entry into sport for disabled people, the psychological and social benefits of sport and sport rehabilitation programmes, and the advancements in technology and sporting equipment.

The conference opened with the very inspiring Don't Quit, Do It video from Irwin Mitchell which can be viewed by clicking the image below

Special guests included Stephen Miller MBE, a Triple Paralympic Champion who was born with cerebral palsy. Stephen competes in field athletics primarily the F32 Club Throw, which is equivalent to the Javelin. He has represented Great Britain for over 15 years, competing in 5 Paralympic Games, 5 World Championships and 4 European Championships - so far winning 26 international medals. Stephen's philosophy was that "a negative mind will never give you a positive life."

Colin said: "This was a highly relevant conference which explored the growing area of sport rehabilitation within physiotherapy which we use extensively at Physio Matters, including disability skiing, football, golf, cycling, swimming, canoeing and more to help our clients. The conference really highlighted how transformative sport can be in people's life, especially after disability."

The 'Don't Quit, Do It' campaign was set up by Irwin Mitchell in 2015 to make sport accessible for all and showcases the many benefits of sport in helping people recover from serious injuries and other major traumas in their lives.

Physio Matters are involved in disability sports with a wide range of our clients. If you are interested in finding out more, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 681 6887 to arrange a FREE informal discussion with one of our physiotherapists.


Abby Tackles Ataxia Training

20th October 2017

"Brilliant course which I'm already using with my clients".

That's the verdict from Senior Neurological Physiotherapist Abby Saville who recently tackled a 2-day weekend course on the Introduction to the Principles of the Treatment of Ataxia.

Ataxia is a symptom of poor co-ordination resulting from neurological damage. It is commonly associated with damage to the "cerebellum", which is the part of the brain that controls the coordination of muscle activity. Ataxia can cause a range of symptoms including reduced balance, uncontrolled gait, reduced coordination with limb movements, and slurred speech. This can have a significant impact on people, cause them great difficulty in performing day-to-day tasks and interfere with their independence.

"Using the latest research and case studies, the course was very beneficial. It has made sure my skills are up to date when it comes to treating people with brain injuries," explained Abby. "I learnt a great deal and have already implemented some of those skills in my work with clients here at Physio Matters."

The course was run by the British Bobath Tutors Association at Manchester Neurotherapy Centre in Pendlebury.

Colin Green, Director at Physio Matters added: "We are always keen to ensure our physiotherapists receive the latest training in key areas that helps us provide first-class treatment for our clients. Abby has clearly gained a great deal from this course, and we will continue to support all of our staff when it comes to training and development."

To find out more about ataxia and how we treat it, visit:


New Orthotics Clinic Launched at Physio Matters

18th October 2017

Physio Matters has teamed up with orthotics specialists Great Gait to offer a unique one-stop-shop for its neurological clients. The new clinic will launch on Monday 23 October at Physio Matters offices and offers both physio and orthotics treatment at the same time.

Colin Green, Director at Physio Matters said: "We are really looking forward to working with Great Gait Orthotics to offer a seamless service between Physio Matters clients and a quality orthotic provider to help reach their potential. We have been very impressed with the service that Conor has provided so far and look forward to this partnership developing."

Orthotics can help to reduce pain and improve balance. Treatment can include lower and upper limb assessment, gait analysis using mobile application technology, providing dynamic and fixed splinting, FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation), and measurements for bespoke footwear, as well as providing orthosis following assessment.

The clinic will run every month on a Monday afternoon at Physio Matters offices. To find out more, contact Physio Matters on: 0161 681 6887 or email:


Andy's 'on the up' Post-Surgery

In addition to traditional treatment options, at Physio Matters we offer more alternative treatment options. One of our clients recently tried climbing at Manchester Climbing Centre for the first time.

This marked a huge milestone in his rehab journey. Andy approached Physio Matters in August 2015 following an operation to remove a brain tumour, which had left him suffering with weakness and difficulty mobilising outdoors. With hard work, positivity and motivation, Andy has worked alongside our team to challenge himself and maximise his ability.

With 2 years to the day between the photographs below; from getting his clips removed after his second operation to independently navigating a 20m high climbing wall, Andy's journey is a powerful example of how far people can come with assistance from therapy. He believes this to be important for people at the start of their rehabilitation journey to remember - with hard work, big changes like these are achievable!

Farewell to Eirin

We are going to be sorry to say good bye to Eirin Andersen very soon as she leaves for new adventures back in Norway. In the last 2 years, she has become a very valuable member of the Physio Matters Team and will be sorely missed by both staff and clients. I asked Eirin to write a few words about her experience working with us over the last few years. Over to Eirin...

Farewell to Eirin

"Before I started working at Physio Matters in April 2015, I had already had the opportunity to come out with Colin to do some work experience. Doing work shadowing is a great way of introducing yourself to the team, as well as getting an idea of what you will be doing when working.

Most people, including myself, find starting a new job most exciting, but also a bit scary, especially when starting your first 'proper' physio job as a newly qualified! In a lot of job adverts you read about how many years' experience is required, and the adverts can be daunting and make you feel like you will never get that very important first job.

Farewell to Eirin

I was welcomed into the team with open arms on my first day, and from that day on the scary side of starting a new job was gone. When I first started, I worked one day a week alongside finishing of my MSc in Advanced Physiotherapy. When I was offered to start working full time from September 2015, there was no hesitation at all, this was the dream job.

In the 2-year period I have been at Physio Matters, I have had the opportunity to do so much! I have gone from being a scared newly qualified physiotherapist, to a physiotherapist with masses of experience that I will always bring with me when I continue with the lifelong learning of being a physio.

Farewell to Eirin

I would be going on forever if I was to mention everything I have learnt in my time here, but a few highlights worth mentioning is the massive support I have had from the whole team who have supported me throughout my journey from being a student until this day. I have also been provided with training, both in-house and on numerous courses and conferences, which is experience I will take with me for the rest of my career. I have had the opportunity to meet so many nice people, both clients and professionals, and work in many lovely multi-disciplinary teams. Also, worth mentioning is the daily challenges of working with complex cases, and following and assisting clients through their journeys to a more independent life, including helping them out with both sports and home activities, regardless of what their abilities are. If there is one thing working at Physio Matters has taught me, it is that there is always a possibility to do whatever the client wants to achieve.

I am a bit lost for words when writing this, partly because I cannot thank the team enough for looking after me, but also because I will be extremely sad to go. Sometimes, difficult decisions come up in life, and at this moment in my life, the right thing for me to do is to move back to my family and friends in Norway. I think I have said to all my clients and colleagues that if there was one thing I could take with me when leaving, it would be the job. Therefore, if Physio Matters ever require more staff, I cannot recommend it enough, and I seriously mean that.

Farewell to Eirin

So again, thank you so much to everyone at Physio Matters, Colin, Katy, Janet, Emily, Jenny, Mat, Christine, and Abby, you have been incredible to me. Some huge thanks also go to everyone else I have worked with in my time here, both professionals and clients along with their families."

We are sure you would like to join us in wishing Eirin the very best for the future and she could be assured of a very warm welcome if she is back in the UK.

Lykke til og takk

Colin Green, Clinical Director


New Offices for Physio Matters!

The latest news from Physio Matters is that we have moved office to bigger premises at Hollinwood Business Centre, due to our expanding team. We have invested in a new IT structure including brand new hi-tech phone system which will enable our admin team can handle your enquiries as effectively as possible. We also have a more relaxed area for more informal meetings and breaks.

We are now able to host meetings for up to 12 people in our spacious meeting room which we can offer for hire at a very reasonable rate including tea, coffee and biscuits. We can also offer a data projector and screen on request for your presentations. The room is currently used for multidisciplinary team meetings, staff training sessions and supervision meetings.

Our office is conveniently located just off the M60 at Junction 22 with plenty of parking please get in touch with Janet or Emily from our admin tea, if you would like to book our room


Welcome to Abby to the Physio Matters Team

Our new Physiotherapist Abby Saville joined our team in March and it is a pleasure to have her at Physio Matters, we are working together to introduce Abby to our clients and colleagues, you can see a copy of her CV on the 'Meet the team' page.

Next week, the 27th April, we will host the second of our 'Brainwaves Meeting and Louise Sheffield of Active Case Management is our speaker with the topic 'Intermediaries a voice for vulnerable people' please see our schedule below for the dates and features of this useful source for information and expertise sharing in the brain injury field and contact us if you would like to come along.

We also look forward to the NWABI (North West Acquired Brain Injury) networking event, which are held every 6 months at Mersey Valley Sports Club in Sale you can find more information on this @NWABIManchester This time we will attend and have invited along Steve Smaje of DSUK (Disability Snowsport UK, whom we work closely with at the Chill Factore in Trafford, we find skiing, including sit skiing, standing skiing and mono skiing which is a great adjunct to therapy and is enjoyed by a diverse range of clients. You can find out more about DSUK: a registered charity who do great work and celebrate their 40th year this year, congratulations!


Physio Matters Review of 2016

2016 was a great year for Physio Matters! Our friendly team has expanded, welcoming Mat Bush, Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist who joined us in February and Emily Morrow who joined us on an Apprenticeship Programme in October. Emily is currently working towards her NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Business and Administration and is very much enjoying learning with the support of the team.

The team has seen some changes as Katy Parrott, Business Development Lead, started her new role as Physiotherapist Assistant as well as Eirin Andersen being promoted to Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist after some fantastic work over the past 12 months. The team are very proud of the last years' achievements and look forward to another successful year!

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility we nominated SHELTER, a homelessness charity that runs a housing helpline, has a network of housing aid centres, and works with local citizen's advice bureaux, as our charity of the year. Colin Green, Clinical Director completed a huge challenge in August, The GB Ultra in which he ran 200 miles in 4 days from Liverpool to Hornsea - Colin raised a massive £3,208.70! Colin and the team are very proud of this achievement and would like to thank everyone for their kind donations. In further fundraising the whole team took part in a 10K walk in aid of SHELTER. In November, the team was invited to The Mad Hatters Ball which was hosted by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors in aid of the Prince's Trust, a youth charity that helps young people aged 13 to 30 get into jobs, education and training.

In additional to our clinical work and our office expanding, we have also been busy with a lot of new and exciting training to improve our services. Matthew Dale from Bioness has worked with us to expand our Functional Electrical Stimulation service to include both upper and lower limb systems.

Colin, Eirin and Katy all attended an Aqua therapy course at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, where they consolidated their skills and learnt new skills that they are keen to use with a wide range of clients.

We are all looking forward to all that 2017 has to offer and would love you to join us on this journey. Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to keep up to date with all Physio Matters news!!


Physio Matters Aquatic Physiotherapy Service

It's all go at Physio Matters HQ. Following the recent Aquatic Physiotherapy that Colin Green, Eirin Andersen and Katy Willerton attended it was useful to review the course at a recent In Service Training Session. Firstly, we had a theory session where Eirin and Colin explained the use of properties of water such as buoyancy and turbulence and how they can be used to provide a useful rehabilitation environment. We also discussed various issues around pool safety, risk assessments and exercise principles.

A couple of days later, this training was complemented with a two-hour practical pool session spent discussing case studies and also developing tailored aquatic therapy programmes and further improving handling and treatment techniques. So now the whole team are all up-to-date with theory, practice and Health and Safety issues around Aquatic Therapy.

If you are looking for a team with experience and certified training in Aquatic Therapy, then look no further than Physio Matters and call us on 0161 681 6887 to discuss your needs.


Welcome to Emily to the Physio Matters Team

We are thrilled to welcome Emily Morrow to our admin team this month. Emily is an apprentice studying at Oldham College towards an administrative apprenticeship at Level 2. Emily will work in the office guided by Janet and Katy and will be supervised by a tutor from the college who will come in to the Physio Matters office to assess her, you may be greeted by Emily when you call the office! We feel that this is a great opportunity for Emily as well as Physio Matters as we contribute to her learning and development.

Click here to view Emily's Profile Page.


Improving Clinical Practice

As part of our continued professional development at Physio Matters we are constantly looking at new innovative approaches to neurological rehabilitation. As part of this we have a regular clinical in-service training programme delivered by members of the Physio Matters team or external speakers.

In September, Mat Bush, Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist delivered a very useful session exploring rehabilitation of the hand and upper limb which followed on nicely from the lessons learnt recently from Bioness H200 Training from Matthew Dale exploring the use of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES). We now have clients benefitting from these systems for both arm and leg after neurological injury or disease.

Last weekend, Colin Green and Eirin Andersen attended the 2-day Accredited Foundation in Aquatic Physiotherapy at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. This was an excellent course led by Susie Harrison MCSP HT, Accredited Tutor and has provided us with a firm theoretical and practical base to our aquatic therapy sessions. There was also a Physiotherapy Assistant Course prior to this which Katy Willerton attended for a day of Aquatic Therapy training also with Susie Harrison MCSP HT. We now have an increasing range of hydrotherapy pools that we can access across the Northwest, please contact us for more details.

Colin and Eirin are going to be sharing their updated knowledge with the rest of the Physio Matters team in November in a theory session followed by a practical session in the pool.

If you have any questions about either FES or Aquatic Physiotherapy sessions, please feel free to contact the Physio Matters office on 0161 681 6887 or


ULTRA GB 200 Mile Race for SHELTER

AAs previously mentioned on this site, Physio Matters' Clinical Director, Colin Green undertook the inaugural Ultra Great Britain 200-mile race from 20th-24th August 2016 in aid of SHELTER, the charity for the homeless.

Here Colin gives a 'run-down' of the race... "I completed 231 miles under 35 hours and reports that this was, by far my hardest running challenge to date. I was one of only 11 finishers out of a select field of 27 ultra-runners. The first day saw me in 1st place after 85 miles from Southport to Broadbottom, near Glossop. However, needing more beauty sleep than most meant that my place slipped compared with the people who managed the whole race without sleep. The next few days were a haze of pain and suffering and I cannot remember lots of details save to say that I arrived in Hornsea on Tuesday evening very relieved to have finished the challenge. I was very well supported along the route from my Dad (Frank Green) and wife (Jane Tonge) who provided food, drinks, rest and encouragement. Initially, I said that I would never do this far again but I am already looking around for my next challenge"

Thanks to all our friends and colleagues who have sponsored Colin for Shelter so far. Please click HERE if you would still like to donate to SHELTER to help us reach our target of £3000.



At Physio Matters we are keen to embrace the latest technologies to assist our client's recovery. We have a good relationship with Physiquipe Clinic who allow us access to the Alter G treadmill for our clients.

What is it and how does it work?

The anti-gravity treadmill works like a normal treadmill in terms of buttons to push and walking on a moving belt. However, it looks slightly different! To begin with, you wear shorts with zips on them (to allow you to attach to the treadmill). As you step on to the anti-gravity treadmill, you walk into a bag (it's only a small step into it). Whilst you are standing up, the bag is lifted up, zipped to your shorts, and then filled with air. Whilst the bag fills up with air, the treadmill calculates your body weight.

Once you are ready to get started, the anti-gravity treadmill allows you to reduce your body weight by up to 80%! So, whilst your lower half is in the airbag, the settings can be changed to reduce your body weight, making walking and exercising easier. Also, as you are "strapped in", it is impossible to fall over.

Why use the anti-gravity treadmill?

Lower limb weakness is common when recovering from a neurological condition. This weakness can limit mobility and therefore delay the rehabilitation process.

So, the anti-gravity treadmill can help with:

  • Muscle strengthening of weakened muscles
  • Improving balance
  • Improving gait, and especially stride length
  • Improving safety as there is no risk of falling
  • As a result of improving all above, improving confidence in walking!

At Physio Matters, we have access to using an anti-gravity treadmill as part of our treatment. If you want to know more about using the anti-gravity treadmill, please get in touch via or call 0161 681 6887 to arrange for a FREE telephone consultation with one of our physiotherapists.


New Physiotherapy Assistant Role for Katy

Since joining the Physio Matters Team in April 2015, Katy Willerton has been keen to develop her role to include an even more client active role in addition to her role as Business Development Lead.

Katy has recently started a Physiotherapy Assistant role which will involve assisting clients where they may not necessarily need full physiotherapy input or to continue work which a physio has started and in some cases to compliment physio input.

Katy will be involved in activities such as attending the gym, swimming, hydrotherapy assistance and general activities to help clients become more active. Katy can keep track of client's progress and report back to the physios in the team, referring back to them where necessary.

All Katy's input will be supervised by the qualified and experienced Physiotherapists in the Physio Matters team.

Katy's caring, enthusiastic and positive attitude are good qualities which will aid her in her new role as Physiotherapy Assistant.

If you are interested in finding out more about what Physio Matters can offer with regards to supporting your clients in this way, please contact us on 0161 681 6887 or


Neuroplasticity & Physiotherapy

Can the brain heal itself?

We are often asked by clients and carers about the potential for the brain to heal itself after injury. In this short article, Eirin Andersen, Neurological Physiotherapist for Physio Matters explains in simple terms how the brain and nervous system respond to changes both following injury and also as we learn new skills. This process is known as Neuroplasticity.

What is neuroplasticity?

The term 'neuroplasticity' originates from the words 'neuron' and 'plastic'. 'Neuron' refers to our brains' nerve cells, and plastic means to 'sculpt' or 'modify'.

Exciting research has proven that the brain is not 'hard-wired' as previously thought and can adapt to changes due to demands or damage. The brain and nervous system has the potential to reorganise and adapt following damage, potentially resulting in new neural pathways being created. Building new neural pathways can be better understood if thinking of learning something new. The more practice you get at something, the better you become at the new skill you are learning.

Neuroplasticity & Physiotherapy

How does neuroplasticity work?

Neurons are built up of axons ('nerve fibres') and dendrites ('branching from cell body'), and are connected to one another by small spaces called synapses. When learning a new skill, new neural connections are created by synapses that do not usually fire together. This mechanism is called 'axonal sprouting', meaning that undamaged axons can grow new nerve endings, in which they can reconnect with neurons whose links have been injured. Undamaged axons can also sprout nerve endings and connect with undamaged neurons, which in term forms new neural pathways for a person to be able to accomplish a required function.

What does this mean for recovery after injury?

In other words, the brain can compensate for damage by forming new connections between undamaged neurons. To be able to reconnect, the neurons have to be stimulated through activity. This means that after neurological damage as physiotherapist we need to stimulate the brain with new activities to promote recovery as far as possible.

Click herefor a simple informative video explaining this concept courtesy of Sentis.

Please contact us at Physio Matters if you have any questions on how physiotherapy may be able to help you and to book an assessment with one of our experienced neurological physiotherapists.


Fundraising for SHELTER


Fundraising for SHELTER

We have nominated SHELTER as our charity of the year and Colin Green, Clinical Director has bravely signed up for a massive challenge in August, The GB Ultra! He will be running 200 miles in 4 days from Liverpool to Hornsea (20-24 Aug 2016) take a look at the event by clicking here.

Please consider sponsoring Colin for this great cause by clicking here. Thank you.

We will be posting regular updates regarding this run over the next few months but in the meantime you can follow Colin's training efforts by clicking here.

Networking Events


Brain Injury network

Attending the NW Acquired Brain Injury network event which was held on 'Hats for Headway' day Friday 13th May was one of the highlights of the last few months and we all sported silly hats for the occasion! It was good to see colleagues and meet new people we can work with.

Picture courtesy of Headway UK


Continuing Professional Development


At Physio Matters we understand the need for keeping our skills and knowledge up-to-date and are also keen to assist physiotherapy students in understanding the work that we do especially relating to brain injury rehabilitation.

Throughout 2016 so far we have had a variety of students at the practice work shadowing with our physiotherapists, which has given them an insight in to brain injury during and the kind of work we do.

In mid-April, Colin presented a lecture to final year students at Salford University on the Impact of Therapeutic Alliance in Brain Injury Rehabilitation. Katy Willerton from our Business Development Team also attended this session. It was great to challenge the students on preconceived ideas regarding brain injury rehabilitation.

continuing professional development meeting

Colin, Mat and Eirin have all been involved in providing a bespoke half-day posture management programme for the support workers of one of our clients. The support workers have found the sessions extremely useful and have been able to apply the knowledge learnt whilst caring for their client.

Eirin attended a Bobath course in May to broaden her knowledge and enjoyed interacting with other physio's and other medical professionals. She is now able to apply the lessons learnt to her treatments and we are also looking forward to her sharing the latest development in clinical practice with the rest of the team.

We are further developing the Functional Electrical Stimulator (FES) service that we are able to offer now being the sole distributor of the Bioness L300 (Lower Limb) and H200 (Upper Limb) system in NW England. Please feel free to contact our office on to arrange a FREE demonstration of this system.

We have enjoyed hosting many Multi-Disciplinary team meetings and continue to welcome teams to our offices in the near future. We are happy to help with supplying meeting facilities and refreshments to the Multidisciplinary Teams that we are working with. Please call Katy or Janet on 0161 681 6887 to enquire about this facility.


Rehab through sports


At Physio Matters we understand the need to keep rehabilitation interesting and engaging for our clients and as such try to involve as many sporting and recreational activities within our treatment plans. Here we talk about a few activities that we have been involved with in the past few month...

Golf next to putting hole

Getting back into golf and football.

Back in February and March, Colin Green, our Clinical Director, worked alongside one of our clients who had been knocked down and sustained a traumatic brain injury to help him return to playing golf having previously played off a handicap of 2. Colin worked with his client and a golf professional to analyse and improve his swing at the driving range. We are pleased to report that our client is now playing nearly at the level prior to his injury. Our client has just returned from a golfing holiday with friends and sent us the following text message...

"Just thought I would share some brilliant news with you guys. I am so chuffed and proud of myself. Just got back from my golf break in Blackpool. Played bloody brilliant and won. You can't believe how happy I am!!"

Colin also took this client to visit his beloved Burnley FC after the business team arranged a visit there on a non-match day to take a look at access and possibility of returning to watch the beautiful game. It was a successful visit with funding secured for a season ticket following our recommendations and it was great to work alongside the staff at Burnley FC. Our client is particularly looking forward to supporting Burnley on their return to the Premiership.

Countryside exercise

As spring started we have been focussing on more outdoor activities such spending time with Salford Rangers and a client who volunteers there looking at making fences and cutting back hedges Have a look at the work that Salford Rangers are involved in by clicking here

Disability Skiing Sessions

We have increased our sessions at the Chill Factore and now many more clients enjoy the slopes of Trafford regularly and we have developed our working relationship with DSUK, a great team. In total we have 10 clients involved in either sitting or standing skiing activities with the general consensus being that they have a great time, whilst improving their physical abilities.


Functional Electrical Stimulation


This week, the whole team at Physio Matters Neurological have had a very informative in-service training session from Matt Dale at Bioness UK, in the use of their Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) devices.

What is FES and what are the benefits?

FES is commonly used as an adjunct to physiotherapy treatment. The stimulation happens through electrodes sending signals to muscles and nerves in either the arms or the legs, depending on which area of the body is being treated.

Matthew Dale from Bioness demonstrated different types of FES devices, both for the upper and lower limbs.

The L300 Plus was used for the lower limb, and consisted of a leg and a thigh cuff (with built in electrodes), a gait sensor, and a control unit. The benefits of using FES for the lower limbs includes increasing walking speed and stability, and reducing the risk of falls.

For the upper limb, the H200 Wireless, including the orthosis (with built in sensors) and a control unit, was used. The H200 Wireless reduces muscle spasm, and improves active hand and wrist movements.

Using FES generally results in either maintaining or increasing range of movement of the joints, and increases local blood circulation, potentially affecting sensation positively.

The Physio Matters team were impressed at the potential for these advanced devices for our clients and will be investigating the system further in conjunction with Matt from Bioness UK.

For more details of this system please click here

Future plans

Physio Matters are looking into the feasibility of becoming one of only 12 assessment centres for the Bioness devices in the UK. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Colin Green, Clinical Director via our office on 0161 681 6887.


Welcome to Mat


Welcome to Mat

We would like to introduce Mat Bush, our new Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist to our growing team at Physio Matters Neurological Ltd.

Mat has a wealth of experience from working with a range of neurological conditions in the NHS and is looking forward to "getting stuck in" with our clients. For more details please visit our website where Mat's biography and CV will appear in the next few days. Watch this space!!

Mat has spent the first few days getting to know the Physio Matters staff and his clients and looks forward to meeting all the other professionals that we work alongside. Physio Matters do not work in isolation but have very strong links to case managers, solicitors, OTs, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychologists (Neuro and Occupational) and also Dietitians. These expert teams enable us to provide a holistic service for our clients and achieve the very best results.

So welcome Mat, to our team and we look forward to a long working relationship together!




Adapted Skiing - A physiotherapist's perspective

As part of our clients' ongoing rehabilitation, adaptive skiing has been used as an adjunct to their physiotherapy treatment. Throughout January 2016 we have been able to spend one afternoon a week at the Chill Factore - due to the amazing response from our clients, this is something we will continue to do on a weekly basis. We have a partnership with Disability Snowsports UK and their instructors Steve and Daisy understand what we are looking to achieve with our clients.

Using a GoPro camera, we can see the trip down the slope from the clients' perspective. (We hope you enjoy the video) This has been a useful experience, as we can follow and review clients' reaction to skiing as they take part in the session. Colin and I have both had the opportunity to try the Sit-ski, and Colin used the GoPro camera to film his trip down the slopes. We can now get a feel of how it is coming down by watching the video; both speed and how close to the snow you get in the turns! It is a real balance and core stability workout, which is brilliant for our clients, helping them in their everyday life in addition to being a great trip out.

From the therapist's point of view attending the skiing sessions, "Seeing your client's smile, and the way they light up when coming down the slope is a great feeling as a therapist. There is nothing better than seeing your clients having a great time, but at the same time knowing all the physical benefits of skiing". When we have asked our clients what they think about their physiotherapy treatment on the slopes, common responses have been "I loved it", "that rocked", and "When can I come back again?" Happy clients = happy physios!




Adaptive Skiing - An update from slopes of Trafford

Having been born and brought up in Norway our Physiotherapist Eirin Andersen has skied since being a toddler. Therefore when she joined Physio Matters Neurological Ltd in April 2015, we have been keen to use her skills to enhance the therapy that we can offer our clients.

"Since I started working at Physio Matters I have had the opportunity to work closely with Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) a registered charity based at the Chill Factore, providing adaptive skiing for individual with disabilities." says Eirin. "Most clients' are able to enjoy skiing, by using adaptive equipment and receive support and instruction by qualified skiing instructors".

We have had the chance to introduce several clients interested in snow sports to the fantastic service, and it is safe to say everyone has been extremely satisfied! Not only does skiing, both standing and sitting, have positive physical effects on an individual; it also has positive psychological effects."

The benefits of skiing & snowsports for individuals with disabilities have been investigated by Nasuti and Temple (2010). The conclusion states that skiing can positively influence self-esteem, standing balance, and gross motor function.

If this is something you think you would be interested in, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions on: or 0161 681 6887.


  • Nasuti, G. & Temple, V. A. (2010). 'The risks and benefits of snow sports for people with disabilities: a review of the literature', International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, Vol. 33, pp. 193-198

New Website for 2016


Physio Matters are proud to welcome you as a visitor to our new website which is launched for the new year. This website has taken a great deal of time to design and we hope that you find it easy to use and informative.

We would welcome any comments on the site layout or information that you would like to see on this site and intend to keep the content fresh and relevant as we seek to provide an excellent physiotherapy service for our clients!

Finally, we would like to thank the web-designers at Physio123 for their skill and patience in designing this interactive site and also to Viaduct Video for the excellent videos, which we hope you find useful.


Review of 2015


2015 has been a very significant year in Physio Matters development with the creation our Business Team to assist with the running of expanding service. In April 2015, Katy Willerton (Business Development Lead) and Janet Powell (Admin Lead) joined our team and have proved invaluable in keeping us all in order and helping develop out services further. We would now be lost without the assistance that Katy and Janet provide to the Physio Matters team.

Also in April, Eirin Andersen joined our team on a part time basis as she completed her MSc at Salford University with Jenny Faulkner, Work Shadowing Student accompanying her on visits to gain valuable experience prior to gaining a place to start studying Physiotherapy at Salford in September 2015. Once Eirin completed her MSc in September, with a distinction!!, she joined the Physio Matters team on a full-time basis and is enjoying the variety of work within her busy caseload including utilising her skiing skills learnt as a child in Norway. She has started working alongside Disability Snowsports UK at the Chill Factore to assist our clients to take up this therapeutic and fun hobby.

In addition to our clinical work we have also been busy moving into larger office premises, designing websites, brochures and promotional gifts. 2015 has also seen us starting to appear at exhibitiions to promote our services to case managers, solicitors and health care providers.

We are all looking forward to all that 2016 has to offer and would love you to join us on this journey. Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to keep up to date with all Physio Matters news!!


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