Monday, 15 November 2010

Research: Patient Satisfaction With Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Care: A Systematic Review.

A recently published study has looked at patient satisfaction from musculoskeletal therapy and reached these conclusions:

Patients are highly satisfied with musculoskeletal physical therapy care delivered across outpatient settings in northern Europe, North America, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. The interpersonal attributes of the therapist and the process of care are key determinants of patient satisfaction. An unexpected finding was that treatment outcome was infrequently and inconsistently associated with patient satisfaction. Physical therapists can enhance the quality of patient-centered care by understanding and optimizing these determinants of patient satisfaction.


You can read the full article here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21071504.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Website Update

To improve the online booking facility on my site, I've created a whole new calendar which now lets you select the length of appointment as well as the day and time.

Check it out here: http://www.supersaas.com/schedule/Nottingham-Massage/New_version

If you've got any ideas for how this could be improved, please let me know.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

New Testimonial

It's always nice to get feedback from a satisfied client:

From my own experience I can testify that to seek Rich Moore's expert help is to put yourself in the hands of a skilled practitioner.
His professional qualifications apart, one of Rich's strengths is the care he takes to listen to what a patient says before ever suggesting what treatment he believes best for you.

Like me I'm sure you'll be glad you made an appointment.


Thanks Colin

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Tai Chi helps ease the pain of Fibromyalgia

A recently published article by Wang et al in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that practicing Tai Chi can help to ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

66 fibromyalgia sufferers were randomly prescribed yang-style tai chi or standard care, consisting of wellness education and stretching twice a week. After 12 weeks, it was found that "the 33 in the tai chi group had clinically important improvements in the FIQ (Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire) total score and quality of life." This prompted the researchers to conclude that "Tai chi may be a useful treatment for fibromyalgia and merits long-term study in larger study populations."

The complete article can be read at the NEJM website.

If you'd like to learn more about fibromyalgia, the symptoms and treatment visit the Health Network website.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Follow us on Facebook!

I've just created a Facebook page to promote the latest offers and news from Nottingham Massage.

Become a fan to be kept up to date: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nottingham/Nottingham-Massage-Therapy/104243239632999

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Robin Hood Half Marathon Update

So, I'm running the Robin Hood Half Marathon in Nottingham on 12th September and now have a sponsor, Nottingham Hospice.

If you've got 5 mins and a spare few quid I've setup a Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Moore-Robin-Hood.

Training is going well so far, running about 20km a week and managing 10km fairly comfortably. Hoping to get upto 15km in the next couple of weeks and clear 20km before the big day.

Cheers guys, any donations VERY gratefully received.

Rich

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Summer appointments

It's been a while since my last blog post but things have been so busy, I've not had a chance to stop and write for quite some time...

As most people realise, I'm currently studying part time at Oxford Brookes for a degree in Osteopathy and June is exam month! As a result, I'm only working one evening a week through June and early July so available slots are going fast. The days are varied so as to give everyone a chance of finding some availability but please let me know as soon as you can if you'd like an appointment as a lot have already been snapped up.

Enjoy the weather and hopefully I'll see you soon

Rich

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Congrats to London Marathon runners!

Just a quick note to say congratulations to Mike, Sally and Carl who all completed the 2010 London Marathon this weekend. Glad that my treatment(s) could help as part of your pre-race preparations.

I'm so inspired that I think I'll run the Nottingham one in September! Well, the Half Marathon anyway..!

Well done everyone

Rich

Monday, 19 April 2010

Graze.com - my new favourite website!

The internet is full of great ideas, often fairly simple concepts with make your life that little bit easier whilst bringing something extra to your daily life. One such site is www.graze.com.

The concept is very simple but the execution is truly excellent.

I'm terrible for snacking throughout the day and despite my best intentions, often end up eating less than ideal foods at my desk. Graze helps to improve your snacking habits by delivering to your door a box of nuts, seeds, dried or fresh fruit based on your personal preferences. You can choose to have one a day, one or more a week or just one every now and again. It's entirely flexible.

Beyond the basic concept though, is the excellent execution of the website, branding and food box that arrives in the post. From start to finish it really is slick, professional and above all great value for money.

I've set mine up to deliver a fresh box every Monday morning - what a great start to the week.

Give Graze a go for free by using discount code 171DBLP. you'll get your first box free (worth £2.99) and then your second box at half price. Bargain.





Friday, 5 February 2010

Portable Massage Couch Offer

Whilst on the lookout for a new portable massage couch, I came across this one: Portable Massage Couch

Looks really good value, down from £269.99 to £189.99 with a free bag is only 34kg. Decent specs too:

Colour: Blue
Material: Heavy duty aluminum, leather style vinyl
Height Adjustment: 7-level height adjustment
Adjustable Back: 7-level adjustment
Item Name: Aluminum Massage / Salon Table
Weight: 15.2kgs (34lbs)
Width: 62cm (24 1/2")
Working Weight: 227kgs (500lbs)
Static Weight: 908kgs (2000lbs)
Material: Heavy duty Aluminum frame with leather style vinyl
Foam Thickness: 51mm (2")
Height Adjustment: Range of 66~81cm
Setup Dimension: 184.5cm (L) x 62cm (W) x 66~81cm (H)
Carry Bag: Included

Thursday, 14 January 2010

New year, new look!

As it's a new decade, I've decided to refresh the website to bring it a bit more up to date and add a bit more information. Check it out here: www.nottingham-massage.com.

I've also taken a few pictures of the treatment room (radiator & fan heater just out of shot!):





Just need to take a few more photos of your truly in action and then I think it'll be just about there...

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Book Review: Fibromyalgia by Leon Chaitow



Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Practitioner's Guide to Treatment (3rd Ed)
by Leon Chaitow

Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier 2009

An extremely thorough investiagtion into a potentially baffling condition.

As a third year student at Oxford Brookes University on the five year 'part time' pathway, I'm beginning to treat patients regularly in clinic and learn about specific pathologies and conditions and their associated treatment modalities. One condition that I have come across a number of times already is Fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia or Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is said to affect up to 2% of the adult population so is something that every healthcare practitioner should be aware of.

Chaitow has done a fantastic job of bringing together a wealth of information about the subject to provide as comprehensive a text as you could imagine regarding this condition. Wonderfully presented and clearly broken into relevant sections, this book deserves to be read by everyone dealing with patients suffering from this condition.

Scope of the book

Quite rightly beginning with the history of fibromyalgia and how perceptions and views have changed since it was first recognised in the late 16th Century as 'rheumatism' it looks at the changes that have reflected upon the condition and then comes bang up to date with research published in 2008 demonstrating the latest thinking. This superbly sets up following chapters on recognising and differentiating the condition, essential for any practitioner.

The book really comes into its own from this point onwards as it looks at conditions associated with FMS and also potential treatment modalities.

As the condition is so complex, there are many other related illnesses that will often be seen in clinic from IBS to TMJ dysfunction to depression/anxiety and many more. The book does an excellent job of covering as many of these conditions as you'd hope for, offering an insight into how they are related and how they can be treated as a whole.

Accompanying DVD

The book is accompanied by a DVD-ROM that features the entire book in digital format as well as around 20 videos covering various aspects of diagnosis and treatment, ably demonstrated by Mr Chaitow himself. This really helps to bring the subject to life and helps with the detailed treatment options and modalities described in the text.

My only criticism here is that the content is presented as a DVD-ROM rather than DVD meaning that it must be watched on a computer rather than television. I also had some difficulties using the disc on an Apple Mac. It was possible to access the content by this needed to be done by finding individual files, not ideal.

Conclusion

This really is a comprehensive text. It covers everything from the diagnosis to the treatment of the condition which is exactly what a healthcare practitioner, be it osteopath, massage therapist, whichever, is looking for. However, it goes far beyond this to look at the history and conflicting theories about the condition, giving a valuable insight into all elements of the condition.

I feel that the DVD is a bit of a missed opportunity but the supplied videos provide some extra insight.

As a whole, highly recommended.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Locations of the pulses

As part of my 3rd year practical exams I'll be examining the cardiovascular system. A part of that involves identifying, recordign and interpreting pulses.

Found this handy little video describing the locations of the major pulses:


Muscles, Bones & Joints:
Pulse Locations