Improved physical and mental wellbeing is a welcome benefit for residents of Lynwood Village. The design of our homes, the facilities and activities on offer and the support on hand all contribute to making daily life easier, bringing an end to isolation and worry. But the opportunity for better health doesn’t end there; we also have personal trainers who work with residents in the fitness suite
and a full, onsite physiotherapy practice helping treat injuries, improve balance and stability and manage long-term conditions. This is a rare and wonderful asset for a retirement village and in this blog we find out more about Lynwood’s Therapy Centre.
A full physiotherapy practice in the heart of the village
Our team of six physiotherapists and assistants, led by Rosaria Toohey, works with residents of the
village and care centre in our fully equipped therapy centre in the heart of the village.
“The therapy centre’s location is important,” explains Rosaria Toohey, Lead Physiotherapist. “Not having to travel to an appointment or exercise class means it’s really easy for our residents to seek treatment and then maintain participation in their programme. You’re more likely to go when it’s only a short stroll over to the centre rather than a long and tiring journey, especially as the winter weather begins.”
Prevention as well as cure
Lynwood’s therapy team includes specialists in orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy,
sports injuries, laser therapy and other electrotherapy modalities, aquatic therapy (also known as hydrotherapy)
and acupuncture, helping to treat a broad range of conditions from minor injuries and strains to right through
to post-operative or stroke rehabilitation. In addition to treatment of pre-existing conditions Rosaria’s team
works on improving physical condition to help prevent injuries and falls.
“With our village residents we do a lot of work on maintaining balance and stability which can decline as you age. Our aquatic therapy balance classes are extremely popular and people report rapid improvements in balance, flexibility and mobility along with aches and pains disappearing. The warm water soothes your joints and supports you as you exercise so you can’t fall over and injure yourself – it’s a brilliant form of therapy for older people and we’re extremely fortunate
to have it on site.”
Sporty types often find injuries sustained in their youth start to resurface over the age of 50 and the Lynwood Therapy team helps treat sore joints; back and neck, and all upper and lower limb joint problems. Physiotherapy can also help manage the symptoms of conditions such as MS, Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinson’s.
“The average physiotherapy referral on the NHS can take up to six weeks, whereas we can see people immediately and get started
rather than leaving them struggling on,” explains Rosaria. “That time window makes a huge difference in terms of outcomes and
preventing chronic problems, especially when it comes to rehabilitation after an operation or stroke, the sooner we can get people
in the better.”
The finer points
As well as laser therapy, hot wax (for arthritic joints), aquatic therapy and soft tissue massage, Lynwood Therapy Centre also offers acupuncture. This involves inserting ‘hair-fine’ needles into certain locations of the body to stimulate the body’s healing energy. “Acupuncture used to be on the outer fringes of complementary medicine and was poorly understood,” said Rosaria. “Nowadays it is accepted by conventional medicine as a valuable tool for physiotherapists and it improves the impact of our other therapies by 10-15%. We also use electroacupuncture, which can enhance the effectiveness of the treatment, and laser acupuncture which uses lasers rather than needles.”
In addition to physiotherapy, the Therapy Centre also has a visiting chiropodist too, looking after residents’ feet.
More about that in our next Therapy blog!