New Meeting format

Just letting you know that the next meeting of the Greater Manchester Spinal Injury Support Group is on 

Thursday 21st February 2019
at 11.30 – 1.30 
at The Sheldon Arms 
2 Lord Sheldon Way 
Ashton Under Lyne

The meeting is free to attend and tea and coffee are provided. 

The group is starting to increase in numbers and we are starting to work with the attendees about what they want from the meetings. Following feedback from our attendees we have slightly changed the format of the meeting and we are pleased to announce that Susan Pattison, Physiotherapist will be available to give support and advice on a one to one basis.  We are aiming to have a different professional at every meeting, if you have any suggestions of people who you would like to attend then please let me know. 

 If you are interested in attending please feel free to come along   If you would like to contact us you can call John on 074507072020 or reply to this email. 

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We also have a new website 


Susan Pattison is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Director of SP Therapy Services. She has spent her career working with persons living in our communities with complex neurological conditions including head and spinal cord injury. Susan’s spinal injury experience started as a student way back in 1988, when she did her elective placement at Southport Spinal Injuries Unit. Her experiences have since led to her working in acute and intensive care settings, inpatients, outpatients and community. However it was this placement back in 1998 that placement inspired her interest in helping people to live full and active lives with spinal injury.
Having worked with many spinal injured clients, of all levels, both complete and incomplete, traumatic and non-traumatic Susan considers one of the most problematic physical problems post spinal injury is managing spasticity and spasms. Poorly managed spasticity and spams can lead to pain, difficulty getting comfortable sleeping or sitting, muscle contractures, and can be socially difficult to manage.
Spasms and spasticity arise from the uncontrolled muscle spindle which is hypersensitive and can be triggered by both internal and external factors. Spasticity and spasms, whilst often difficult to live with are not always a bad thing, sometimes it is about learning to listen to what your body is trying to tell you. Whilst spasms and spasticity are generic terms as we know every spinal cord injury is different so it is understanding which muscles are spasming and why, enables you to establish how best to manage your spasms.
Susan will be on hand to offer her experience in supporting you to understand and manage your spasms and spasticity or offer advice on other physical problems you may be experiencing.
If you would like more information about Susan and her team them you can visit them at or join them on Twitter or Facebook