Our Hydro patient Kelvin loves to live life to the full - so much so we'd like to share with you his inspirational story. After spending 2 months in hospital after an intracerebral haemorrhage  Kelvin was left with a weak left arm and left leg. He is now back flying - yes flying!  


This is my forth flight and this time I flew the whole flight.  On the previous flights the affected left arm needed to be placed on the airbrake with the good hand and I could not release the tow rope without the instructors help. The affected arm once gripping the airbrake is strong enough to crack it open and finely control the rate of desent with no problems. The Gym work has paid off I can push 25kgs and pull 30kgs. But I still cannot open the fingers enough and stretch the arm out unless supported (work in progress) to grab the tow release toggle.


We are delighted to announce that Wendy Fannon has passed her ATACP Foundation Accreditation. Well done Wendy all your hard work has paid off smile.





This is a question we are frequently asked in our specialist ‘Dizziness and Balance Clinic’ at Physio-Life, and the answer is - ‘there could be several reasons’! 

Some of the most common symptoms presented are balance issues; motion sensitivity; the floor moving around; foggy head; headaches and nausea. 


Some of the most common conditions we come across are Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV); Labyrinthitis; Vestibular Neuritis; Meniere’s Disease; Vestibular Migraine; Vestibular Hypofunction and Mal de Debarquement Syndrome.  However, this list is not exhaustive. Sometimes, it may simply be that a cough or cold that has left a patient with residual dizziness.  Whatever the cause, there is treatment and diagnosis available.

How can we help? 



Stroke Rehabilitation – David’s Story...





On Friday 27th June 2014, I suffered a Stroke. It was completely out of the blue, at the time I was out working. Hazel, my wife, took me to the Lister & I was admitted straight away. As the stroke progressed I lost the use of the left hand side of my body. I spent 12 days in the Lister on the HASU Ward before I was moved to The Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Old Welwyn before being allowed home on 23rd July. In that time I had to learn to walk again, adjust to having no movement in my left arm, concentrate on my speech & learn to swallow. 




The goal of a stroke rehabilitation program is to help you relearn skills you lost when stroke affected part of your brain. Stroke rehabilitation can help you regain independence and improve your quality of life.

The severity of stroke complications and each person's ability to recover lost abilities varies widely. Researchers have found that the central nervous system is adaptive and can recover some functions. They also have found that it's necessary to keep practicing regained skills.