I first set up in Private Practice in 1996 whilst working as a Clinical Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist within the NHS. For many years the practice was based in Crofton Consulting Rooms above Summercroft Surgery but moved to The Locksbottom Clinic in 2010, where I am delighted to say it has continued to develop and grow and is one of the most well established, recognised and favoured practices in the area.
As this year we are celebrating our 21st birthday I have chosen to support a charity close to my heart ‘Parkinson’s UK’.
5 years ago my father started feeling unsteady and was complaining of generalised stiffness. After thorough investigation, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and has been prescribed a progressively increasing dose of medication over the last 5 years.
Despite this, I have seen a steady decline in his ability to move and more recently even a lack of the necessary movements needed to negotiate sitting at a restaurant table.
With 30 years’ experience in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and an expert in understanding human movement and how Physiotherapy can help people move correctly and without pain, it has been so distressing to see this decline and to realise that despite medication and Physio it is a progressive disease with no real cure or panacea.
My father was an outdoor person, whose passion was for sailing and skiing, so to see him so frustrated is heart breaking.
Parkinson’s UK has as its vision and ambition to find a cure, and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. They influence and fund ground breaking research, provide expert information, offer support to allow sufferers to live life to the full, to raise awareness and change perceptions.
With such a worthy ambition, I hope you will help me support this charity during our 21st birthday year.
Jo Kingston MCSP MSOM
Practice Principal & Director