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Running from Istanbul to China

Over 150 days in 2011, CSP physio Stephen McNally travelled with a record-breaking team of ultra-runners in a marathon journey from Istanbul to China.

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  • 29 Sep 2011 – 3:59pm

    After exactly 150 days on the road Kevin and Bai reached the finish line. They covered almost 10,000km, running from Turkey to China.

    For the last week they actually slowed the pace, running only one marathon a day instead of two.

  • Congratulations Steve from all the physios at The Physio Centre. What an achievement

University challenge

Posted on CSP website 8 October 2011

Student physio Lee Cooper captained a University of Nottingham team to victory in this week’s University Challenge on BBC2.

Mr Cooper, who celebrates his 53rd birthday at the end of October, is happy to admit that his age may have given him the edge over younger rivals.

lee cooperTeam captain Lee Cooper

‘In truth, you need to be lucky on the day with questions,’ he said.

‘But if there happened to be a question about the three-day week in the 1970s, for example, then I would have an advantage because I was alive then.

‘Then again, I wasn’t around for the Battle of Hastings,’ he quips.

Soldier and cancer survivor

A keen sportsman in his youth, Mr Cooper continues to enjoy an active life and has completed two half-marathons this year.

A former soldier who rose to the rank of major before retiring from the services, he survived a battle with tongue and throat cancer in 2001.

Now in his third and final year at university, Mr Cooper hopes to find a job in the Nottingham area after graduation.

He still has to carry out placements in neurological and respiratory physio, and remains open-minded about which specialism he prefers.

He describes University Challenge host Jeremy Paxman as ‘a bit of a card’ and says his mother and daughter were ‘thrilled to bits’ to watch his performance in the studi

Sports injuries should be treated by qualified physios, the Health Professions Council (HPC) and the Football Association (FA) said last week.

Posted on the CSP website 24/10/11 www.csp.org.uk

File 102297The two organisations launched a joint campaign for people to see HPC-registered physios rather than unregistered practitioners.

‘I have seen at first hand the importance of the right advice and the right care,’ said Gary Lewin (right), head of physiotherapy services to the FA.

‘That can make a massive difference not just to sporting careers but to long-term health and well-being.’

Many people treat themselves or visit unregulated practitioners, according to a survey by market researchers Opinion Matters. One in three of those polled had suffered a sporting injury in the past five years but only 14 per cent sought help from a registered physio, it said.

‘Relatively minor injuries can become long-term problems if left untreated,’ said Dr Helena Johnson, chair of CSP council. ‘It is very important that people see a registered chartered physiotherapist as early as possible.’

GP referral to physiotherapy on the NHS is easily accessible, she said. In some areas people can now refer themselves for an initial assessment.

Additionally, this CSP website allows members of the public to find private physios in their area.

HPC registration

‘Members of the public can check with us whether the individual they are seeing is registered,’ said Kelly Johnson, the HPC’s director of fitness to practise.

‘If they are not happy with the level of professional skills or the individual’s behaviour, they can take it up with us and we will investigate further.’

BackCare App is World-Beater


Taken from the BackCare website ( www.backcare.org.uk)

01 Mar 2011

Back Care for Back Pain and Bad Backs, was chosen as one of the  Top 10 health apps

BackCare is celebrating after its app, Back Care for Back Pain and Bad Backs, was chosen as one of the Top 10 health apps in the world.

And it has also become the most downloaded charity app on iTunes Health and Fitness chart.

The app was selected by The Sunday Times (20 February 2011) as one of only 10 health apps chosen by the newspaper. This was part of  The Sunday Times Top 500 apps of any description selected from hundreds of thousands of applications from around the world.

By logging their postcode, members of the public will be helped by the app to
find a BackCare professional closest to them who may be able to help them. Tabs
will show full contact details including name and address and phone numbers and
directions using Google maps. A special pin drop function will pin-point
BackCare professionals in the user’s area.

The other apps included in the Sunday Times Top 10 were for dieting,
giving-up smoking, first aid, and for medical reference. There was also an app
for measuring your heart rate and one for monitoring alcohol consumption.

The free-to-download app is available on the BackCare website or by visiting the
iTunes store and searching for Back Care.



BackCare is a national charity that aims to reduce the impact of
back pain on society by providing information, support, promoting good practice
and funding research. BackCare acts as a hub between patients, (healthcare)
professionals, employers, policy makers, researchers and all others with an
interest in back pain.

The Sunday Times said of BackCare’s app:

“It is packed with information that back pain sufferers will find
invaluable. As well as in-depth information on the causes of back pain and
exercise videos that target specific aches, you can use the app to search for
osteopaths and chiropractors in your area.“


Acting CEO Sean McDougall said:

“I am delighted that the charity’s hard work and ingenuity has been
recognized. The app has been getting five star reviews ever since it appeared.
Best of all, it is free and offers benefits to people in all levels of society.
It enables information about back pain and its prevention to be available in
people’s pockets.”


One five star reviewer said:

“This app has everything. The videos are great and the exercises have indeed


“Another user said:

“To be honest I was skeptical at first. Free suggests little content but no
! I’ve found this app really helpful and located someone who can help me,


A practitioner who has downloaded the app has also given it five
stars. He said:

“I am a therapist in mainly deep tissue massage. This is a great app for me
to show my client ways to care for their back as well as me looking after my
own. Simple yet effective exercises and a great way to manage your pain ! Great
app for anybody including us therapists !”


Corporate Manager Janet Mee, whose idea it was to create the app,

“I am very proud that the Sunday Times have recognised the importance of
this app. Our downloads are up 300% and we are Number 8 in the UK Health and
Fitness chart, free and paid for. To have the most downloaded charity app is an
amazing feat for the BackCare App and for


Matthew Sweetapple, of award-winning Creative Consultants,
Sweetapple, assisted with the project.  He said:

“It was great to create an app which can really make a difference to
people’s lives. Every charity in the UK, and probably the world, is trying to
harness mobile and digital technology.  The Backcare app is a perfect example of
how this can be achieved profitably. Backcare is leading the



HPC launches app for patients and professionals

A new iPhone app allows members of the public to check whether their physio is properly registered.

The app which is free to download has been launched by the Health Professions Council (HPC) (www.hpc-uk.org)

It allows anyone to access the HPC online register from a mobile phone.

All the physiotherpists at The Physio Centre ( www.hounslowphysiotherapy.co.uk) are registered both with the HPC and the CSP (www.csp.org.uk) so you can be confident that you will get the best care provided by a qualified professional.


Six Months wait for NHS physio treatment


Daily Mail reports ( 7th October  2011) that patients needing physiotherapy on the NHS are facing waiting lists of more than 6 months.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (www.csp.org.uk)  blames this on the budgets that have been slashed.

The delays mean patients’ conditions are deteriorating which leads to readmissions and higher long -term costs.

The CSP audited 115 PCT’s and found significant variations in how physio services are commisioned and funded. West Sussex PCT had an average waiting time of 11.8 weeks but South Tyneside and Gateshead saw patients within 15 days of referral.

200 physio managers reported cuts to services. Phil Gray, Chief Executive of the CSP said ” This report paints a disturbing picture. Patients are waiting longer to get the treatment they need, which increases the risk that their condition will worsen.When faced with this enormous challenge, it is hard to believe that the Government still wants to impose the destabilisation , massive upheaval and huge extra cost of its proposed NHS reforms”

We at The Physio Centre (www.hounslowphysiotherapy.co.uk)   believe patients need to receive treatment as soon as they can after injury. The best results are achieved if the patients is assessed early and treatment begins without delay.


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What is Physiotherapy?

Physical therapy (or physiotherapy) is a health care profession whose aims are the physical treatment and management of diseases or conditions and helping people reach their maximum potential.

‘Physical therapists’ (or physiotherapists) are primary healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from babies to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities as well as they would like in their day to day lives.

Physiotherapists examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

In addition, Physiotherapists work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

This is achieved by providing services to individuals or groups to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan.

This includes providing services where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors.

As functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy the role of Physiotherapists is import to those recovering from illness or accidents.