My name is Jo Abbott. I’m a MSK Scientist and a Researcher investigating MSK Disorders, Diseases, and Disabilities. I investigate each categories effects on the World’s population. I am both enthusiastic and excited to meet and work alongside likeminded professionals.
The consequence of poor MSK health
1 in 4 adults have at least two chronic conditions, more than 50% adults have 3+ chronic conditions.
As worldwide mortality declines, people are living longer with disability and multiple comorbidities. These are important implications for global health care needs (GBD, 2013; Collaborators, 2013).
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.
What is a Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD-1) by Jo Abbott
How do we get the initial Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD-1)
When your body’s musculoskeletal system (muscles and skeleton) become imbalanced. This imbalance is caused by physical trauma such as a trip, fall, road traffic collision, and surgery. Continued movement, such as Active Daily Living (ADL) tasks, with these imbalances exposes you to this risk. The biggest problem in MSK Health is we are all waiting for a ‘trigger’ to bring our attention to ‘something’ not being right in the body.
Jo Abbott’s summary
An imbalance in your body is similar to that of an imbalance in your car. If you were to drive your car at 60mph for 5,000 miles there will be premature wear and tear on various components of the car. Sixty mph over 5,000 miles is just like your ADLs – low force, long duration = compromised MSK health.
Practitioners of Manual Therapy
Why is their role in MSK health to mainly support a person when a ‘trigger’ is present? The trigger definitively allows for them to give you a diagnosis. But often ‘triggers’ inform us that the original issue has already progressed to disease.
Why do your MSK health programmes only become accessible once a person has a ‘trigger’? When their MSK health is in decline? When the journey to disease has already begun?
THE EVOLUTION OF POOR MUSCULOSKELETAL HEALTH by Jo Abbott
Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD-1)
DISORDER (MSD-1) phase of musculoskeletal imbalances. This gives a rehabilitation professional(s) the perfect opportunity to intervene early.
Using MSK screening and treatment to greatly reduce an individuals risk of progressing to DISEASE.
Musculoskeletal Disease (MSD-2)
DISEASE (MSD-2) phase of musculoskeletal imbalances are where trauma to the body is more permanent. Continued ADLs in an unbalanced body have accelerated wear and tear (premature ageing) of body.
Compensatory mechanisms are often fully integrated, and rehabilitation principles are focused around management of the diagnosis.
Musculoskeletal Disability (MSD-3)
DISABILITY (MSD-3) is the end of the journey for the initial DISORDER (MSD-1). World Health Organisation states 33% of the World’s population are within this group.
100% of this population are at risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), Respiratory Disease, Obesity, Diabetes, and deteriorating Mental Health.