Physiotherapy at Maya

Written by Bernice Ghelever
Since the beginning of September I am volunteering at Maya. When I applied to volunteer here, I said that I would love to do something with physiotherapy because this is my profession.
With the help of a physiotherapist you can  speed up the recovery process after an injury and it can be used to prevent other/new injuries.
When I arrived there was a list ready from kids who had injuries and the next day I started to screen all of them. I got a lot of help from Roshani, one of the girls who is in the Nursing Team. She helped me translating for the younger kids during the screening.
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Most of the injuries happen while playing football or falling down whilst running: twisted ankles, pain in elbows, wrists and fingers. There are also a few kids who are suffering from back pain and a kid with asthma who has the dream to be able to play football on the big field.
Every morning I see some of the kids to practice with them and for the kids with back pain we set up a small group to do exercises and I give them information to solve the problems and help preventing more back pain.
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The idea is to provide a few workshops for the Nursing Team so that they can keep giving exercises to the kids once I have left. Another project is to give the Construction Team a workshop and provide them with information how to prevent injuries and teach them the proper ways how to lift heavy objects etc.
I am really happy that I can be of help as a physiotherapist and that Maya is giving me the opportunity to do so.
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