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TIME FOR A PARADIGM SHIFT

TO LIVE LONGER WITH REDUCED RISK OF CO-MORBIDITIES

About one in four adults have at least two chronic conditions (1), and more than half of older adults have three or more chronic conditions (2).   As worldwide mortality declines, people are living longer with disability and multiple comorbidities, with important implications for global health care needs (3,4).

These numbers continue to increase defining the current Musculoskeletal (MSK) industry a failure: failing to reduce these numbers and improve a global populations MSK health.

  1. Mercer et al., 2009
  2. Guiding principles for the care of older adults with multimorbidity: an approach for clinicians, 2012
  3. Global Burden of Disease Study 2013
  4. Collaborators, 2013

I am not a Manual Therapist

I’m a Scientist and a Researcher investigating Musculoskeletal Disorders, Diseases, and Disabilities and their effects on the World’s population.  My ethos is to continue to work alongside united teams of elite professionals who want to integrate their skills to bring the best possible approach to a patient’s health and wellbeing.

What is a Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD-1)

An MSD-1 begins when the body’s musculoskeletal system (muscles and skeleton) become imbalanced, often caused by physical trauma such as a trip, fall, road traffic collision, and surgery.  These imbalances in the musculoskeletal system are then exposed to active daily living tasks (ADL) which are low in force and occur over long durations i.e. walking, working, sitting, etc.  To put it more simply, it’s like driving your car 10,000 miles around the M25 (big motorway on the outskirts of london) with the tracking (balance) out – there will be premature wear and tear on the vehicle with the most obvious sign of the imbalance being the tyres.

If younger than 35 years old, there are commonly no symptoms with these imbalances.  Over 35 years old and you may experience ‘niggles’, ‘pain’, ‘discomfort’, or limitations in your ADLs.

THE EVOLUTION OF MUSCULOSKLETAL IMBALANCES (MSDS)

The DISORDER (MSD-1) phase of musculoskeletal imbalances gives a rehabilitation professional(s) the perfect opportunity to intervene early with predictive assessments and treatment, and greatly reduce an individuals risk of progressing to DISEASE.  The longer the timeline of having an MSD-1 the more layers of compensation and drivers to the symptoms and/or limitations.

The DISEASE (MSD-2) phase of musculoskeletal imbalances are where trauma to the body is more permanent due to excess wear and tear (premature ageing) of body, compensatory mechanisms are often fully integrated, and the only rehabilitation principles are focused around management of the diagnosis.

Musculoskeletal DISABILITY (MSD-3) is the end of the journey for the initial DISORDER (MSD-1).  World Health Organisation quotes 33% of the World’s population are within this group, of which 100% of this population are at risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), Respiratory Disease, Obesity, Diabetes, and deteriorating Mental Health.

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