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MSWA Bulletin Magazine Winter 2021

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PHYSIOTHERAPY

PHYSIOTHERAPY FIGHTMASTER COMING TO NEW ALBANY SERVICES CENTRE MSWA Rockingham Client, Charles Van Niekerk, greatly attests to the benefits of boxing in managing his Parkinson’s symptoms – both physical and cognitive. So much so, that he and his family were inspired to hold a community fundraiser to enable MSWA to purchase a new Fightmaster for one of our Services Centres. For World Parkinson’s Day 2021, Charles’ wife Nola and his two sisters-in-law cooked large quantities of a delicious South African street food dish they grew up with called ‘bunny chow’: a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with bean curry, chicken curry or lamb curry. Friends and family flocked to Charles’ and Nola’s Success home to buy themselves a Saturdaynight-takeaway-to-remember. The amount raised was an incredible ,650. “We didn’t expect to make that amount,” says Charles. “Nola was saying that if we make five or six hundred dollars we’ll be happy.” But their friends and family turned up in droves to show their support. MSWA’s Physiotherapy Manager, James Beckett – who himself attended the event – says he is thrilled that their fundraising efforts have allowed him to purchase a further Fightmaster boxing machine for the benefit of people living with Parkinson’s in WA. MSWA Client, Charles Van Niekerk, and MSWA Physiotherapy Manager, James Beckett, with the Fightmaster boxing machine. Charles too is delighted at the outcome. “It’s a cause that is very important to me. Nola and I really appreciate everyone who came along to our fundraiser.” Fightmasters are currently available to MSWA Clients who attend physiotherapy in Rockingham, Kelmscott, Butler, Beechboro and now – thanks to Charles and Nola – Clients in Albany will have access when the spacious new Services Centre opens next year. 26

MASSAGE THERAPY AT MSWA JAMES BECKETT MANAGER PHYSIOTHERAPY MSWA has been providing massage therapy for over 20 years. There is overwhelming evidence in support of massage being effective in helping people manage their disability. The majority and most robust evidence is in the management of pain, a common complaint of people with neurological conditions. There is also growing evidence that massage has a positive effect on balance, stability, mobility (specifically, improved gait speed) and reduction of disability. Through its therapeutic benefits, massage can promote independence and help people with a disability participate in work and within their communities. These outcomes are also amongst the most common that people list as being their overarching NDIS plan goals. At MSWA a typical massage session is from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Massage techniques, areas of focus and number of sessions are guided by a Client’s long-term goals and assessment findings. These treatments often occur in combination with other therapies (eg physiotherapy) to better help clients achieve their goals. Clients are assessed at the time of their first appointment. This ensures that the service is not only one that the Client wants, but also one that is deemed beneficial to their symptoms and condition. As massage is not currently funded through the NDIS, we offer massage to all Clients on a fee-for-service basis through our highly qualified therapists. Appointments of 15 to 60 minutes’ duration can be booked subject to availability. Please contact your Physiotherapist or Client Liaison Coordinator for more information. WOULD YOU PREFER TO RECEIVE BULLETIN ONLINE? If you would like to opt-out of receiving a paper copy of this publication, please contact communications@mswa.org.au to sign up to the e-magazine. 27