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Complementary therapists help people living with Motor Neurone Disease

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Complementary therapy graduates are using their skills to improve the quality of life for people living with motor neurone disease (MND) in North Wales.

Graduates of Glyndŵr University have started providing treatments to people with the condition after teaming up with the Clwyd branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The group was looking for new ways of supporting its members and their carers, who are now being encouraged to book into the university’s complementary therapies clinic.

The clinic, based at the university’s Wrexham campus, operates during term times for its students to gain clinical experience as part of a BSc (Hons) degree in Complementary Therapy or BSc (Hons) degree in Acupuncture.

Glyndŵr University prides itself on preparing students to hit the ground running when they enter the workplace and this is a perfect example of the success of the strategy, said Sharon
Fairhurst, senior lecturer in complementary therapy.

“This project is all about providing valuable experience for our students,” said Sharon. “Very often we get patients coming in with back pains and problems but this is a little bit more diverse.

“It will enable graduates to practice what they’ve been trained for immediately after they leave. We are delighted to be supporting such a valuable community organisation.”

Kevin Allen, chair of the Clwyd Branch of the MND Association, said: “We are very much looking forward to working with the Complementary Healthcare Team and if anyone is interested in volunteering or supporting the local Branch in other ways please contact www.mndassociation.org/clwyd.”

Glyndŵr University’s complementary therapies clinic runs by donation and is open to members of the public, students and staff, from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Treatments include Acupuncture, Moxabustion, Cupping, Tuina Massage, Massage, Aromatherapy and Reflexology.

A wide range of conditions can be treated within the clinic including general musculoskeletal injuries which include back pain, smoking cessation, weight loss, insomnia, arthritis, skin conditions, migraines and depression.

To book a treatment call 01978 293403.

For enquiries about the complementary therapy or acupuncture degree call 01978 293439 or email enquiries@glyndwr.ac.uk
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