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Physio helps stroke survivor get back in the saddle

A STROKE surviving cyclist from Sheffield, who was barely able to crawl to the end of her bedroom after being struck with the debilitating disease, is getting back in the saddle thanks to a specialist physiotherapist.
Anna Colvin lost the use of the entire left side of her body when she suffered a stroke in 2000.
Hospitalised for weeks, Anna lost all her muscles and was left frustrated, unable to carry out everyday tasks, let alone enjoy her regular bike rides, walks and swims.
When she cracked a vertebrae after falling down the stairs at home, Anna decided it was time to take action and visited Michael Lee, a specialist physiotherapist at Mi.To Therapy, in Sheffield.
She said: “When I fell down the stairs it was the final straw. I knew I had to start taking my rehabilitation more seriously and focus on getting back on my bike.”
Anna started weekly physio at Mi.To Therapy, based at Virgin Active, Millhouses in August last year.
She added: “Michael is a brilliant physio and he has been so patient with me. The progress I’ve made over the last seven months is incredible. I’m now able to walk a mile and a half and my next target is to start riding a bike again.”

Go backPosted on 29th April 2013