Public Health England has recently published a report which found that: “6% of men and 4% of women in England are doing adequate activity.” It was also found that perceived levels of activity were much higher than actual levels of activity, meaning that not only are we becoming an increasingly sedentary population, but we are also having problems recognising it. This has serious implications for long term personal and societal health.

While activity has well-documented benefits for both cardiovascular and mental health, it also has significant gains for musculoskeletal health; a subject that does not receive enough public attention. In addition to being some of the most common problems seen by GPs, musculoskeletal disorders cause significant distress to their sufferers. As such, it is essential that individuals make informed decisions about their activity levels. The health benefits of muscle-strengthening exercises include increased lean muscle mass, aided weight loss, good posture, joint health, injury prevention, improved mood and much more.

After qualifying in 2002 from Oxford Brookes University, Gill Jones began specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy from 2004, having worked in both primary and secondary care NHS roles. Gill has experience in professional and amateur sport, having been a physiotherapist for boxing at the Olympics and having worked for three years in a multidisciplinary sports medicine facility in London. Ed Brown qualified as a physiotherapist in 2005. He has been working at Henley Community Hospital since 2012 following previous work at Oxford University Hospitals Trust. Ed’s main interests are trauma and sport injuries. Join the physiotherapists as they discuss health, physiotherapy and the benefits of exercise. 

Tuesday 29 April 2014
10am – 12pm
Wallingford Community Hospital – The Meeting Room
Reading Road, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 9DU 

This talk is open to the public and is free of charge. To book your place, please email enquiries@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk. Click here to download a printable poster.