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Helping Fiona to regain her confidence despite arthritis

While arthritis is often believed to be something associated exclusively with the elderly, it’s actually a condition that around 10 million people are living with in the UK and it can affect people of all ages.

When she was just 26 years old, Fiona Neville from Cambridgeshire was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. She was often in severe pain and experienced joint stiffness and discomfort; sometimes she had to ask her mum to help her with simple tasks including fastening buttons when dressing such was the pain she experienced in her hands and arms.

Now aged 32, when the pain was particularly bad, Fiona found it difficult to even walk for long periods of time and it was really starting to have an effect on her work too as Fiona explains:

“When my pain was at its worse, simple things like dressing and even holding a cup was difficult as my arthritis was most prevalent in my hands.

While I could drive, I was reluctant to do even simple things like driving to my friends. After a while, sitting and chatting with her I begin to feel very stiff and the pain started to develop so it made what should be a fun and enjoyable time uncomfortable.

I had good days and bad days, I tried my best to carry on at work, but sometimes it would make holding a knife difficult – when you work in a kitchen, that’s not great! I was prescribed painkillers to try to mask the pain; I had regular injections and took tramadol and paracetamol too.”

Following a recommendation, Fiona was introduced to cycloidal vibration therapy (CVT) from Niagara Therapy. NHC Cyclo-Therapy works on a three-dimensional “cycloidal vibration” which is non-invasive, giving a gentle and relaxing experience while stimulating the blood flow and muscles.

Following a demonstration by one of Niagara’s comfort advisors, John Levine at her home, Fiona started to feel the difference straight away.

“I was amazed with the difference just a short demonstration of NHC Cyclo-Therapy had made” explains Fiona. “I started to feel relaxed and it certainly eased my pain symptoms and joint stiffness which allowed me to walk around for far longer than I had done so before without experiencing any discomfort.”

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About Niagara Therapy®

Niagara Therapy® has been making riser recliner chairs and adjustable beds in the UK for over 50 years and are recognised as the industry leader when it comes to quality and service, we are also members of the NHC Group.

Niagara Therapy’s unique NHC Cyclo-Therapy system, the ultimate in soothing pain relieving therapy, is a medically-proven cyclo-massage therapy system that works to improve blood circulation providing effective pain relief from a variety of health conditions including: arthritis; sciatica; stress & anxiety; back pain and spinal disorders; hip pain; varicose veins; night cramp; puffy & swollen ankles; mobility issues and poor blood circulation; and water retention and oedema.

Our products are specially designed to help those with mobility problems or who suffer from particular medical conditions, indeed Niagara Therapy beds and riser recliner chairs are used by a range of people with varying levels of disability, and as such we are registered with the UK Government’s Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority and have certification of ISO 9001:2000.

All of our cycloidal vibration products are CE marked and certified as Class 2A Medical Devices as regulated by the UK Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA).

VAT Exemption

If you are thinking of purchasing an Niagara Therapy Adjustable Bed or Riser Recliner Chair that is intended for domestic use then you could be eligible for VAT exemption as part of the HMRC notice 701/7 (VAT Act 1994, Section 30, Section 8 Group 12). Most people don’t realise that they qualify so do take notice to check criteria below alternatively call to speak to one of our fully trained advisors.
You are eligible if you are:

  • Suffering with a condition that the medical profession treats as chronic sickness, such as diabetes,

  • Are disabled (Excluding temporary incapacitation for example a broken limb),

  • Suffer from physical or mental impairment which has long term and substantial adverse effect on you carrying out your everyday activities,

  • Terminally Ill.

About NHC Group

Niagara Healthcare Ltd is a UK-based healthcare and mobility products direct sales and manufacturing company with three locations across the UK. Established for over 50 years, we have a long history of helping thousands of people enjoy a more rich, fulfilling and healthier lifestyle.

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