A Long Buckby physiotherapist will be appearing on tomorrow (Thursday) night’s episode of Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.
Jon Graham, owner of Physiofunction, a rehabilitation clinic with a branch in Long Buckby, will be shown treating Becky, a young woman from Devon who fell victim to a stroke while out shopping.
Mr Graham, who has 22 years of experience in the field, worked in sports physiotherapy before branching out to adults and children with impaired mobility.
He was invited on the TV show by Dr Dawn Harper and used his knowledge of functional electrical stimulation, a treatment that stimulates nerves and activates weakened muscles to provide an aid to walking.
And Becky soon saw the benefits of the treatment. Mr Graham said: “She made a reasonable recovery. I hope it [the show] will provide more information for people and raise a bit of awareness.
“We have to educate people. I still see people walking around Daventry, Long Buckby and Northampton who could obviously benefit from this treatment.”
Physiofunction helps 300 patients regain mobility every year after suffering from stroke, spinal injury and other neurological conditions over the course of 6,000 separate treatments.
Mr Graham said:“The last 10 years have seen a huge increase in the technology available.”
But he added that many patients weren’t seeing the benefits of advances because of stretched NHS resources.
Of all his patients, only five per cent had NHS funding.
Mr Graham said: “Some technology costs around £500 to £600, but other tech can cost up to £20,000.”
But even with the right technology and support, Mr Graham said the onus was on the patient to improve: “I would say most of the challenging problems you’re facing occur immediately after a stroke.
“You have got to be committed. You have got to treat it as if you are training for a marathon– like a job.
“You aren’t just a stroke survivor, you have to be a professional stroke survivor.
“It is the best job ever, I just love it. You’re taking people at their lowest ebb and saying life could be different, and this is how to do it.”
Embarrassing Bodies is on Channel 4 at 9pm on Thursday and will be available on 4OD online.