Health & Wellness Services


DWFRS Prospective Study

Study Criteria

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service are about to commence a longitudinal prospective study February 2020.  Jo Abbott will be conducting research on their musculoskeletal patient data, creating an algorithm that boosts understanding and expertise, leading to a proactive approach to this global issue whilst providing data that drives successful treatments, rehabilitation programmes, and injury prevention.

The research process is about identifying musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) signatures within individuals.  Think of each individual as having a unique ’MSD signature’ which work like an aircraft’s ‘Black Box.’  In an aviation disaster, the Black Box tells us what went awry. The MSD signature works in a similar way – it’s how the human body tells us what’s gone wrong to lead to an MSD, and what may continue to deteriorate so the original MSD evolves into Musculoskeletal Disease (MSD-2).

Volunteer Criteria

To volunteer you can be either fit and well, or limited by pain/symptoms. You need to be between the ages of 30-65 years old and can be any gender. You are required to attend one 45 minute appointment with Jo Abbott every three months, and complete an online 2 minute questionnaire monthly.

Jo Abbott is not able to provide you with any details on the findings from your appointment/assessment nor is she able to provide advice/treatment.

You will be asked to remain in the study for a maximum of 18 months. No expense's can be paid for volunteers in this Study. You must arrive 10 minutes before your allocated slot. You will need to be barefoot and wearing shorts, joggers or leggings for the duration of the testing. You may carry on with all recreational activities and medication.

Upon agreeing to volunteer for the study you will receive a link to further information and paperwork that you will need to complete. All volunteers (Participants only) will need to complete and submit their Research Study paperwork online 24 hours before appointment.

Register your interest

  • Your preferred date and time cannot be gauranteed
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  • Please tick the box on where you would prefer to attend the study as a volunteer

Dates, Locations and Times available

Due to COVID-19 lockdown, I am still recruiting volunteers to start immediately in to the study via online feedback on your musculoskeletal health.  As and when lockdown is lifted all volunteers shall be contacted by Louise and booked in for a structural screening with me.  When completing the ‘Register your interest’ please use any date and time to for the application – this will not dictate your appointment with me. Make sure you do correctly choose Bromham or Hamworthy as your preferred location.

Thank you, stay safe.


All appointments are between 30-45 minutes in duration.

Bromham, Chippenham

Hamworthy, Poole

April 27, 2020