is a Shetland dialect word meaning lively and full of wellbeing
YASP is a newprivate physiotherapy clinic that opened in November 2017. The location is on the picturesque waterfront of Scalloway harbour, Shetland. The entrance to YASP is on the left side of the youth centre building. https://yasp.scot/
Opening times – Tuesday to Friday and late night Thursday
Ethos is to put the patient first and aim to improve your physical health and quality of life, to make you YASP as as you can be!
In brief Margaret Gear MSc, MCSP is the practice principal. She specialises in neurology (MS or stroke) and rehabilitation. Paula BSc (Hons), MAACP, MCSP specialises in pain relief and acupuncture. Catherine BSc (Hons), MCSP specialises in hand wrist and arm therapy and in muscle and joint problems. Judith Nisbet has a wealth of health care administration and assists with exercise classes. For specific detail of each team member please visit the weblink herehttps://yasp.scot/about-us/
Earlier this week I met with Margaret to chat about the new premises of YASP. Margaret first gave me a guided tour around the two main physiotherapy treatment rooms. Both rooms are purpose built and in one room it has a skylight and slanting roof. I found both rooms equally spacious, well-lit and modern.
In Margarets treatment room there are two doors. The second door leads directly into the gymhall of the youth centre. Upon entrance to the gymhall my eyes were drawn down to the well-polished floor with the usual game hall floor markings. As I looked up on the opposite wall facing us there is a colourful wall mural I assume was created by the youth centre. The gym hall is square in shape with high up windows that overlooked the harbour front. Margaret explained that YASP hire the hall twice a week to conduct exercise classes for the wider community.
Services to the wider community
Here is a list of what YASP offer;
60 plus clubis an established free class availiable every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm
Over 50’s class by popular demand YASPare now running this class every Tuesday from 10.30am
An Escape Painclass is for people with knee or hip pain. Combined with gentle and individualized exercise. See YASPContacts below.
Specialist Classes and Neurological conditions
Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease or strokecan access exercise classes at Clickimin Leisure Complexhttps://www.srt.org.uk/health-fitnessIf you are having a health problem that makes it difficult for you to exercise at the Clickimin centre at YASPthey can plan to offer classes that cater specifically for your needs.
Core 3 Exercise Classes are now running specifically for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The classes comprise of floor exercise followed by a break with cooled water, and finishing with a circuit designed to improve balance, strength, mobility and fitness. Seated exercise is available as an alternative to floor work for those unable to get down to the floor. There is a free four page booklet with YASP patient testimonies and more information on new treatments specific to(MS). Cost is £3.00 booked in advance or £4.00 to drop in. https://yasp.scot/exercise-for-ms/
‘Mighty Moves’ is a Parkinson’s Fitness and Wellbeing Project It started on the 5th of April and runs until July 2018. Margaret was keen to point out in the 1st YASP Spring 2018 newsletterthere is an opportunity for those living with Parkinson’s disease to participate in a new free class! If you know of anyone in Shetland that has Parkinson’s do get in touch with YASP.There are two available spaces. The classes are free as funded until July.
Most patients who receive acupuncture have up to six treatmentswith either Paula Wishart or Margaret Gear. Top up sessions are available.
The effects of acupuncture treatment are cumulative. Some may feel immediate relief of their symptoms whilst others may see a gradual improvement. It does not work for everyone.
Acupuncture is safe when carried out by a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) because of the strict hygiene guidelines that must be adhered to and the training courses and educational updates that are required.
At we concentrate usually on movement, pain and your physical functioning. We ask questions what are your expectations? to help improve their quality of life and we negotiate together towards a goal.
Margaret explained that the business collaborates with the local charitable organisations and NHS Shetland. It helps folk that bit extra help with specific physical ailments for example, multiple sclerosis (MS).
Lastly, I asked these questions;
What are the best things about working in Shetland?
Community and culture. There exists a caring community with those with long-term conditions
What does the word YASP mean to you?
YASP is obviously a Shetland word. It has fallen out of use, but it means to be full of health. Folk would ask about my father, “how is your father? is he Yasp!?