Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapy & Massage Service
Quotes from patients receiving this service:
"I felt more relaxed, less round shouldered and found it easier to cough with less muscular soreness"
Female 51yo (awaiting lung transplant)
"My airways seemed clearer and easier to breathe. I felt very relaxed and my heart rate dropped from 98-63(b/min). I felt great!"
"Excellent - I could move my back muscles easier and breathe with more ease "
The money raised to date is used at The Alfred hospital’s Adult CF Centre, to fund for a physiotherapy service and train community therapists in this specialised area, which is beyond the scope of existing government funding.
No funds raised by the Simon Rhoden Foundation are used for administration costs.
Since its establishment, this Service has provided over 500 treatments that include relaxation and remedial massage, musculo-skeletal physiotherapy, stretches, postural exercises and general advice to help relieve muscle tension and pain from repeated coughing and postural changes for people with CF.
People with CF often require up to 4 hours of intensive physiotherapy treatment every day assisting to keep their lungs clear. Development and outcomes of this musculo-skeletal massage service have formed the basis of research presented to both Australian and International CF conferences. Preliminary data gathered, and the program’s results, are being used to develop a future research trial in adults with CF.