That’s when we met Richard. Our physios are not just building your muscles or your ability, they’re building confidence.
“Everything the physios taught me allowed me to get back to my life on day one.”
“Physio was the first time my world expanded beyond the room and the ward. The whole team, Brid and Kevin and Liz, they gave me that confidence. They were allowing me to deal with it properly and not being in denial about it.
“I still had my tough days. But they bring me up. They get my spirits. And when I look back now, there were things that I found challenging then that I don’t even think about now.
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There are tools that would make progress better for people who are spasming and can’t do their exercises because of that. There are standing
frames, and floor mats so they can do exercises with people on the floor.
“I have a standing frame at home now, and it allows me to stand up in the room here and get some work. It’s good for your bones, good for your bowels, good mentally as well. But I dread the day I have to return it to the community.”
The importance of movement and exercise to healing cannot be overstated.
For people like Richard, with spinal injuries, learning how to resume their lives is critical. Our physios teach, encourage, and offer emotional support to their patients.
Richard says, “I know how good a start they gave me.”