Margaret is owner and principal physiotherapist at Yasp. She worked as a chartered physiotherapist in the NHS for 35 years, mostly specialising in neurology, before setting up Yasp.
Margaret completed a masters degree in the Bobath Concept in 2005, and she subsequently played a leading role in two UK wide multi-centre research projects studying the effects of exercise in multiple sclerosis. She has presented her work on physiotherapy in MS at several national conferences.
In 2011, in collaboration with Shetland Recreational Trust, she led the development of exercise services for people with stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and multiple sclerosis.
What Margaret enjoys most is helping people who are struggling with complex health problems to achieve better physical health, and therefore to experience more enjoyment in everyday activities. In addition to exercise she uses a wide range of treatment techniques including: functional electrical stimulation, sensory dynamic orthoses, acupuncture, treatments for dizziness, pain management, and treatments for muscle and joint problems.
Pain and loss of movement or mobility can affect every aspect of a person’s life. What I love is seeing someone getting better, and getting their mojo back again.
Paula qualified as a chartered physiotherapist from East London University in 1999.
She has lived and worked in Shetland since 2001, predominantly working in joint and muscular conditions, but she also has a special interest in pain, and persistent pain management.
In 2004, she completed a foundation course in Acupuncture and in 2006 completed advanced training. In her 13 years of using acupuncture, alongside her physiotherapy practice, Paula has found that acupuncture can be very beneficial in reducing pain in various conditions, allowing an increased ability to exercise, or the potential to reduce pain relief medication.
In order to help develop effective pain management strategies Paula has also trained in several different pain management approaches including ‘Know Pain’ and ‘Explain Pain’.
I feel passionate about trying to help people that live with persistent pain. I think the answer for pain management comes from within the person dealing with it, but sometimes additional support can help the person see more clearly what they need to do to manage their pain.
Cathrine has worked for 16 years as a physiotherapist and has lived and worked in Shetland for the last 11. She has a broad experience in joint and muscular conditions and is particularly interested in helping people find ways to manage persistent pain and the difficulties people can experience when faced with this. She is a member of the Physiotherapy Pain Association.
She also has a special interest in hand and wrist therapy ever since working in a hand therapy department in Bath. Cathrine really enjoys opportunities to develop her professional skills in areas ranging from dynamic wrist stability to the psychological impact of hand injuries. She enjoys the challenge of helping someone maximise their function following both acute injuries and conditions that can reduce a person’s ability to use their hand, wrist and arm fully.
Empowering a person to feel confident to fully use their hand again can have a huge
impact for people and this is a big reason I feel passionate about this area of special interest.
Judith has a wealth of healthcare administration experience. She has worked at NHS Shetland as receptionist at Physiotherapy, personal assistant to the Director of Finance, and latterly as a surgical secretary in the Medical Records department.
The part of my work I enjoy most is meeting the public.
You will have a chance to meet Judith when she helps with some of our exercise classes.
At Yasp we aim to improve your physical health, fitness and quality of life; to empower you to be as yasp as you can be. We do that through high quality, cost effective physiotherapy. Our clinic ethos is one of care and respect. Our clinical team are all skilled, experienced specialist physiotherapists.
We believe in giving you the skills that you need to heal your own body, and in giving you confidence to manage your own condition effectively. That way you will achieve your health goals with the fewest possible treatments, which means you get better value for money.
All our physiotherapists are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and are registered with the Health Care Professions Council.
Partnerships & Collaborators
At Yasp we aim to partner with the community, and to collaborate with others to provide a wholistic service. Our current partnerships include:
Multiple Sclerosis Society
We are delighted to have a service level agreement with the MS Society, which funds up to six Yasp physiotherapy treatment sessions per episode of care for people with MS. The MS Society also subsidise our exercise class for people with MS.
Parkinson’s UK fund a twice weekly exercise class for people with Parkinson’s disease at Yasp physiotherapy clinic. They also fund the initial physiotherapy assessment and follow up, which is all completely free for the participant.
We are pleased to be working in close partnership with Podiatry Shetland, a group of skilled podiatrists with a great track record. If your feet are part of your problem we can refer you for podiatry, or for more complex problems we can arrange a joint Yasp / Podiatry Shetland session.
PhysioFit are a private physiotherapy practice who are highly skilled in muscle and joint problems, and in sports injuries. We are delighted to work in close partnership with Physiofit. If we feel that they are better able to treat your problem, then we may signpost you to them.
We work collaboratively with NHS Shetland’s Physiotherapy Department so that if you wish you may have NHS treatment in addition to treatment at Yasp. To enable this we provide you with a short written report, free of charge, that you can share with your NHS physiotherapist. We also encourage you to share a copy of your Yasp Physiotherapy report with your GP.
Shetland Recreational Trust
We work closely with staff at Clickimin Leisure Complex. We can work with you to overcome any barriers to exercise and we can suggest SRT activities or classes that will benefit your condition. If you have a neurological condition we may refer you to Clickimin’s specialist neuro exercise classes.
Scalloway Youth Centre
Yasp is located within the Scalloway Youth Centre building and we are glad to participate in the centre’s community activities. For those who attend Scalloway’s 60 Plus Club we offer free regular exercise sessions aimed at improving health and well being. The 60 Plus club runs on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.scallowayyc.com