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Review of keynote presentation at Auckland MS Research Day

I was extremely grateful for the invitation by the Auckland Multiple Sclerosis society to present as a key note speaker at their annual research day in Auckland in April 2017. The reason why I am really grateful is that I cherish any opportunity to stand up and share my knowledge directly with those it impacts [...]

By |2017-05-12T16:23:35+10:00May 12th, 2017|

Levo Standing Wheelchair Demonstration

For those who are striving towards walking again or aiming to keep their mobility levels and maintain there overall health there is a vital need to be upright against gravity regularly. When I am asked to review individuals rehabilitation programs an area that I always seem to address is the amount of time spent sitting, [...]

By |2018-02-23T13:43:44+10:00May 12th, 2017|

Using robot’s to treat Multiple Sclerosis – TVNZ News coverage REX bionics

I have been fortunate enough on my return to New Zealand last year to establish an ongoing building relationship with REX Bionics. It has been a really exciting journey together and I have been given the opportunity to really explore how something as technologically advanced as the REX can be utilised in clinical rehabilitation. I [...]

By |2018-02-23T13:43:44+10:00May 8th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Watch what you say and consider what is heard – reflections of a Neuro Physio

I wanted to put pen to paper, well fingers to key board and reflect on a situation that seems to happen all too often too those living with a neurological condition. This is not a post about pointing fingers or disrespect to anyone but a post to highlight the strong impact we (health professionals) have [...]

By |2018-02-23T13:43:44+10:00March 17th, 2017|

In Press – Dual Tasking in Parkinson’s Disease

I was recently interviewed regarding my thoughts on dual task training in Parkinson's Disease for New Zealands Parkinson's Society  regular newsletter. I highlighted the fact that people with Parkinson's will have an increased difficulty of dual tasking due to the increased demand on dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a vital neurotransmitter (hormone) that is [...]

By |2018-02-23T13:43:44+10:00December 4th, 2016|Tags: |

Reflections from week 1 of the Basic Bobath Course

Firstly what is Bobath....well it is the underlying platform of neurological physiotherapy treatment. It was first developed in the 1940's by Berta Bobath and it has continued to be develop and enhanced over the years. The Bobath concept is defined as; "An inclusive, individualised, problem solving, living concept based on a systems approach to motor [...]

By |2018-02-23T13:43:45+10:00November 29th, 2016|

Awarded a Honorary Clinical Fellowship

Well I have to say I am as proud as punch to announce that I have been awarded a Honorary Clinical Fellowship from the Australian Catholic University (ACU)...(que jumping around the lounge in excitement). As this is another step achieved on the upward climb of being the best neurological physiotherapist I can be. This is [...]

By |2018-02-23T13:43:45+10:00November 29th, 2016|

Promoting Neurological Physiotherapy – a day in the life

Back in September it was World Physiotherapy day on the 8th September and I took it upon myself to help raise the awareness of neurological physiotherapy. I am extremely passionate about what neurological physiotherapists do, as many members of the public have no idea about the vital aspects of our role. And how we can [...]

By |2018-02-23T13:43:45+10:00November 28th, 2016|

REX Bionics does so much more than just walking..

I recently had the opportunity to present a poster presentation at the recent Australian New Zealand Spinal Cord Society annual conference about the findings of a case report about using REX Bionics robotic exercise device not for walking but for upper limb rehabilitation. The poster, supporting video and short 2 minute presentation all provided the [...]

By |2018-02-23T13:43:45+10:00November 27th, 2016|

Finding the confidence to exercise again with Multiple Sclerosis

80% of people living with MS struggle with fatigue as one of their main reported symptoms, which can hugely impact on not only their ability but also their confidence to exercise. Although we understand that exercise is vital for those with MS to help maintain strength, flexibility, function and mental well-being to mention just a [...]