Physical Therapies

Each resident within Asquith hall has the opportunity to be referred via a nurse for a course of physical therapy on either a short or long term basis depending upon needs. All of our physical therapy programs are designed to be as specific and individualised as possible based around the key interests and hobbies of the individual and what type of program is going to best suit the individual.

For example we have one referral who was once a very keen golfer and his main needs are to develop balance, coordination and fine motor skills – an excellent combination and excuse for a round of golf! All exercises for this gentleman are based around the game of golf with a subtle but specific edge towards developing his key areas for development.

There are many areas of physical therapy on offer including:-

You bike which is a specially adapted bike to work both upper and lower body and core but can be slid in between wheelchairs or beds to allow our less mobile residents the opportunity to exercise and be active.

Ball games such as football passing, rugby passing, catching and throwing games, basketball, cricket and tennis. All these activities are excellent ways to get the whole body moving to maintain and develop core strength, balance, strength, mobility, flexibility, coordination and fine motor skills.

Light resistance workouts with dumbbells to give that gym feeling! Light weight training is great for building bone density, increasing muscle strength and tone and building stamina as well as coordination.

Focus pad boxing is another of our physical tools which is an incredible way to build coordination, strength, stamina and mobility and can be adapted for seated or standing residents. Also great for focusing the mind, balance and releasing some aggression in a controlled and safe manor.

Other activities on offer include foam javelin throwing, assisted stretching, walking exercises, flexibility exercises and sensory/ tactile sessions.

All of these make up an excellent selection of physical therapies which can be used alone, as a combination of exercises and activities and part of a varied physical therapy program over a course of treatment.

The main areas that we look at as a physical therapy perspective is to maintain and develop:

  • Mobility
  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Flexibility

With side benefits of building fine motor skills, coordination, fitness, stamina, pain relief and more importantly a sense of independence, self confidence and a normal active lifestyle.

We do attempt to run some group physical therapies based on any major sporting events taking place at any given time, for example this year we have already had or can look forward to:

  • Women’s football world cup
  • Rugby world cup
  • PGA golf
  • Swimming world championships
  • Wimbledon
  • Athletics world championships
  • Tour de France
  • Cricket world cup

We also regularly look at and analyse resident’s nutrition and hydration intake to ensure a suitable, balanced and well sourced diet which is varied but enjoyable!

Massage therapy
Massage therapy is great for more than just a relaxing time!

Massage therapy is a combination of pressure, friction, kneading and vibration techniques used to either relax or stimulate the body. There are many benefits to regular massage therapy including:

  • Increased blood circulation
  • Increased and more efficient use of the lymphatic drainage system to waste the body of toxins
  • Improved skin condition
  • Reduced muscular soreness following vigorous exercise
  • Improved respiratory system function
  • Relaxation of the mind and body
  • Improved mental state
  • Pain reduction or temporary relief

Massage therapy is of great benefit to the following condition plus many more if performed by a qualified therapist:

  • Back, leg and neck pain
  • Joint problems
  • Asthma
  • Stroke
  • Whiplash
  • Muscular tension
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Post surgical rehabilitation
  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia and sleep disorders

Here at Asquith Hall all our residents have the opportunity to enjoy massage in whatever area that they need it most. All massages are done with the therapist and one other member of staff for safeguarding reasons.

For more information on massage therapy at Asquith Hall contact reception or alternatively Mathew, our physical therapist and massage therapist.

Nutritional Advice and Guidance
Diabetes type 2:

  • Increase levels of magnesium through natural diet as magnesium aids in balancing insulin levels and important for type 2 diabetes. Good sources include Seaweed, pumpkin seeds, almond butter, basil and unsweetened dry powder cocoa.
  • Too get the best benefit from magnesium it must be mixed with Calcium, Vitamin K2 and vitamin D. good sources of calcium are milk and dairy products. Good sources of vitamin K2 include chicken breast, salami, ground beef, egg yolk and soft and hard cheese. Vitamin D is found in eggs, salmon, trout, (oily, fatty fish sources) milk and fortified cereal.
  • Any types of bean mixed into a meal is a great source of fibre and with high levels of fibre this prevent the blood sugar levels from rising too high following a meal. Beans are also needed to fuel activity in the digestive system and is a source of protein which is low in fat.
  • Good diet levels must include 50% carbohydrates with 4 portions of vegetables, 2 portions of fruit and 3 cups of a bean source per day.

Example daily diet:

  • Breakfast – Fortified cereal – bran flakes with semi skimmed milk with one piece of fruit with pint of water
  • Mid-morning snacks – portion of nuts and seeds plus pint of water
  • Dinner – jacket potato with butter, salmon and kidney beans with steamed vegetable and coffee/tea and pint water
  • Mid afternoon snack – one piece of fruit and portion of seeds plus pint of water
  • Evening meal – chilli (mince meat and beans) with rice and vegetables plus pint of water
  • Supper – slice of wholemeal toast butter and spread with pint of water

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