Press Release From GHP 28.9.2016 : "The healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry is as diverse as the individuals and organisations operating within it, and as such documenting and rewarding those who are striving to deliver excellence is a daunting task...
Despite this we are determined to showcase the talent and dedication which is apparent in this vast, tough industry. The 2016 Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Awards seeks to chronical the individuals, departments and organisations, both corporate and public, that are working tirelessly throughout the industry.
From the firms and organisations developing new and innovative ideas to save lives and change the way healthcare is delivered, to the stalwarts working behind the scenes to provide exceptional care on a daily basis, we are keen to turn the spotlight on everyone working to support the healthcare systems around the globe. These awards are not focused on profits or sales; rather they seek to showcase the people behind the success stories."
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GHP Healthcare Innovation Award: DEEP OSCILLATION® therapy
“We specialise in Deep Oscillation® therapy, a gentle, non-invasive and non-traumatic electrostatic massage technique which is patented to Physiomed Elektromedizin AG. It is a German technique that can be used over implanted metal pins and plates, which can be utilised day one post surgery and immediately after injury, where sports massage is normally contraindicated. Intermittent, electrostatic impulses are delivered through vinyl gloves permeating a clinically proven depth of 8cm (without utilising any pressure, saving the clinicians hands and providing treatment to the clinicians hands whilst massaging the patient), or via applicator heads, which enable self-management.
“Deep Oscillation® is fast becoming the tool of choice for Lymphoedema and Lipoedema, with many sufferers self-managing”. PhysioPod® UK Ltd are an NHS Approved Supplier, having brought the unknown therapy into the UK in 2006. In 2016, PhysioPod® UK Ltd added the expertise of Elaine MacNicol RGN Clinical Nurse Specialist to the team.
“Our customers benefit from PHYSIOMED®’s vast experience in research, development and history of manufacturing medical products since 1973. Their versatile device technology is self-explanatory, user-friendly and far surpasses all safety requirements”.
We asked Julie about the main focus of PhysioPod® and found out that though first focussing on the world of elite sport, personal experience of Lymphoedema meant that she wanted to expand their reach.
“I saw someone I was close to suffering with Secondary Lymphoedema following breast cancer surgery, this affects one in five ladies. It is a distressing, chronic and often disabling condition; she didn’t receive any treatment back in the Eighties. As such, it is my mission and also my sister Mary’s, to provide first class, research-backed, user-friendly products to clinicians and patients.
“Deep Oscillation® reduces oedema, volume and can break down stubborn fibrotic areas. Secondary Lymphoedema occurs where lymph nodes are removed and/or damaged radiologically reducing the effectiveness of the body’s lymphatic system. It is very unpleasant, and we want to make sure that our patients be helped as much possible whether in their lymphoedema clinic or at home”.
Mary added, “Since 2009, we have been very committed to helping Lipoedema sufferers, which is almost certainly a genetically inherited condition. It is thought to only affect women but there are very rare reports of men with similar signs and symptoms. In Lipoedema, the hips, buttocks and legs of women who have it are out of proportion with the rest of their body though it can also affect upper arms. The amount of Lipoedema a woman has and the way it is distributed on her legs and hips, varies between women, some may just have small pockets of fat above the ankles for example, while in others, there’s an obvious discrepancy in size between their upper and lower body.
“Lipoedema is most likely to appear at puberty, before which time a young person will most likely have had a ‘normal’ body shape. However, it can also appear during other hormonal changes. Lipoedema can be very distressing, when a young woman finds certain areas of her body do not reduce in the same way as her friends and family despite following the same healthy diet and exercise routines. We work hard to raise awareness of this condition at every opportunity. Our therapy helps reduce pain, inflammation, bruising and improve mobility. We work closely with national charity Lipoedema UK and support groups, Lipoedema Ladies and TALK Lipoedema.
PhysioPod® UK Ltd is directed by sisters, Julie Soroczyn and Mary Fickling who exclusively supply the UK and Ireland with internationally patented DEEP OSCILLATION® electrostatic massage therapy, to the private and NHS medical sectors for Lymphoedema and Lipoedema, to patients for self-management of symptoms, and into elite sporting environments (including Premier League Football). We speak to Julie and Mary to find out more.
“We keep in constant contact with the clinicians and patients who purchase our products, and offer bespoke aftercare service. We both take calls at all times of day and aim to respond to all emails within 24 hours – we take pride in the fact that our customers know us on a first name basis”.
“There are a number of different fields of application for Deep Oscillation® which include; treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, training aftercare and performance stabilisation in sport, pre and post surgery, damage from overstraining, mechanical traumata, pain syndromes such as Fibromyalgia. It can even be used to treat common conditions such as arthritis, back pain and tennis elbow, and has shown promising results when used in wound healing; diabetic foot, burns and ulcers.
“It has also been used to help with anti-ageing treatment of the face and neck, eye bags and dark circles and in 80% of cases of grade 1 and grade 2 cellulite. For post partum related problems including breastfeeding and caesarean section healing, it is particularly beneficial. We started its use in the equine and canine, for pre and post event treatment, injury management and maintenance between events.
Mary is very excited about the future for the business. “We are very keen to explore neuro rehabilitation, as Deep Oscillation® is used in this field in Russia with success. We hope to exhibit in the UK soon and are actively looking for Neuro Rehabilitation units wanting to trial the therapy”.
Company: PhysioPod® UK Limited
Name: Julie Soroczyn, Mary Fickling, Directors
Web Address: http://www.physiopod.co.uk
Telephone: Office 0115 9167 685