Celebrating the power of physiotherapy

We know there’s been a lot of doom and gloom in the news lately – especially when it comes to the healthcare sector. So today we thought we’d share a story of positivity that captures the incredible work that physiotherapists do day-to-day. 

Carry on reading to find out how physiotherapy helped a man with multiple sclerosis (MS) dance with his wife for the first time on their wedding day. 

Barry MacDowell, 49, and his wife, Emma, 36, both have multiple sclerosis (MS) and met on a support platform back in 2017.

Despite being a wheelchair user, Barry was determined to join his wife on the dance floor.

A year ahead of the wedding, the couple got in touch with Move4ward, a physiotherapy service which specialises in neuro, women, and musculoskeletal.

Part of Barry’s rehabilitation included walking on parallel bars and a zero-gravity treadmill.

When the big day rolled around, Barry was able to stand for the duration of Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud/Walk the Moon’s Shut Up and Dance mash-up (one minute, 30 seconds in total). 

His physios, Dave and Jude, accompanied Barry and held him up during the song. 

“The dance was amazing,” Barry said. 

“Every day now I’ve got earbuds in, and I sit and watch our wedding video.

“I love it, I just can’t stop watching it.”

If you’re looking for a new physiotherapy role, get in touch with team on 0203 929 4017.