05/05/2021

Charity Spotlight Muscular Dystrophy UK

What do they do?

Founded in 1959, Muscular Dystrophy UK supports families living with muscle-weakening conditions by providing vital information, advice and a range of resources for them to access.

Additionally, the charity works closely with specialist or community physiotherapists who are caring for someone with a rare muscle disease.

Through the Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Health Professionals Network, they provide information and industry updates, offer access to professional events, highlight job opportunities, as well as provide online modules and factsheets.

There are also opportunities to meet and share information with other health professionals working in the field, giving you a support network and a better way to source advice in helping your patients.

Benefits of physiotherapy for muscular dystrophy

As a physiotherapist in this area, you will play a vital role in slowing down the rate at which these conditions develop. Depending on the type of muscle disorder, physical therapy can make a huge difference to range of motion, muscle strength, daily function, gait and posture.

As well as preventing loss of motion for your patients, you will also be there to reduce pain from muscle weakness and cramping. So your work will have a massive impact on their everyday lives, and their quality of life in the long term.

Additionally, you will become an important health advisor, monitoring their progress over time, while prescribing and supervising safe physical activity. It will be your job to recommend the right mobility devices, adaptive seating and other equipment.

This is where Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Health Professionals Network can help. By talking to other professionals working with these rare diseases, you can make informed decisions to advise your patients in the right way.

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Become a physiotherapist with a master’s degree

The benefits of physiotherapy are clear for rare muscles diseases and muscle-wasting conditions. But there are many areas you can go into as a physiotherapist, including sports physiotherapy, rehabilitation and pain management, vestibular rehabilitation, paediatric physiotherapy, and neurological physiotherapy.

If you have a sports, health and social care, nursing or healthcare practice degree, the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) programme at the University of Bolton could be for you. This master’s is aimed at those wishing to become a registered practitioner, including specialist areas like muscular disorders and diseases.

There’s nowhere better to study than a leading Greater Manchester University like ours. We’ve been voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction for three years running!*

You will also get to study in our £31 million Bolton One facility, a dedicated sport, leisure, health and research centre. To find out more about applying in September 2021, see our course page for full details.

Or to learn about muscular dystrophy and its impact on people of all ages, visit the Muscular Dystrophy UK website.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

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