A touch of physio care at hospitals

Pictured with the new PhysioTouch machine at the Parkes Hospital Physiotherapy Department, from left - Leone Stevenson (representative from the Pink Golf fundraising day), Rebecca Rawsthorne (hosted a fundraiser for the machine in memory of her mum, Miriam Helby, who died of breast cancer in 2011), Di Green (Lachlan Health Service McGrath Breast Care Nurse), Rochelle Smith (Physiotherapist), Kath Gleeson (Community & Allied Health Manager), Carolyn Rice (Parkes Quota Inc), Adrianne Brown (Can Assist); kneeling - Karen Swindle (Can Assist), Sarah Hartin (Physiotherapist) and Cheryl Uptin (Physiotherapy Assistant). Photo by Barbara Watt.

Pictured with the new PhysioTouch machine at the Parkes Hospital Physiotherapy Department, from left - Leone Stevenson (representative from the Pink Golf fundraising day), Rebecca Rawsthorne (hosted a fundraiser for the machine in memory of her mum, Miriam Helby, who died of breast cancer in 2011), Di Green (Lachlan Health Service McGrath Breast Care Nurse), Rochelle Smith (Physiotherapist), Kath Gleeson (Community & Allied Health Manager), Carolyn Rice (Parkes Quota Inc), Adrianne Brown (Can Assist); kneeling - Karen Swindle (Can Assist), Sarah Hartin (Physiotherapist) and Cheryl Uptin (Physiotherapy Assistant). Photo by Barbara Watt.

Parkes and Forbes Hospitals have been delivered PhysioTouch machines as a result of fundraising conducted by organisations and community members from both centres.

Representatives from Forbes Can Assist, Forbes Long Lunch Fundraiser Committee,  Rebecca Rawsthorne’s Parkes Girls Night In, Forbes Evening Branch CWA, Parkes Can Assist, Parkes Quota, Parkes Golf Club and Forbes Hospital Garden Party came together recently to see the new machines after their arrival to Parkes and Forbes Physiotherapy Departments.

PhysioTouch and LymphaTouch treatment was developed in Finland as a therapeutic medical procedure based on negative pressure.

The PhysioTouch applies negative pressure, pulsation and mechanical vibration externally to the skin and has the effect of:

•  Increasing lymph drainage in the treatment of lymphoedema

• Increasing tissue perfusion and delivering more oxygen and nutrients to the soft tissues

• Improving metabolism in soft tissues

• Breaking down and softening any hardening of the tissues such as fibrosis, adhesions and scarring

• Reducing pain associated with any of the above and other soft tissue injuries

Dianne Green the Lachlan Health Service McGrath Breast Care Nurse said: “It is exciting to be a part of delivering advanced treatments for our patients as The Physio Touch is mostly used in the private sector within NSW.

“Providing this on a public level in our regional area has been a result of community support which we are truly grateful for,” Ms Green said.

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