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Health carer carves niche in east

SHENTON Park-based company Daily Living Products has carved itself a niche in the tough eastern states physiotherapy market with its home health care equipment.

In ten years of operation, the company has extended its range from thirty items to thousands and quadrupled its staff.

Daily Living Products director Jan Pagonis said the most popular items included back support cushions, tap turners for arthritis sufferers and scooters.

Ms Pagonis said 70 per cent to 80 per cent of the population at any given time experienced back problems.

“This can be helped by various products including the mould-a-back brace,” Ms Pagonis said.

She said the company endorsed a WA-developed neoprene and thermoplastic back brace that was comfortable to wear due to its wetsuit-like feel and lack of metal components.

“It’s moulded precisely to the shape of a person’s spine so you get an exact, three-dimensional fit – unlike most other back support where your body has to accommodate the product,” she said.

“You can wear it sitting, standing, jogging, canoeing – you can enjoy a completely active lifestyle while wearing it.

“Many of our clients were on morphine or unable to partake in sporting activities before using the brace.

“This has turned their life around and allows them to manage their own condition.”

Daily Living Products also holds the rights for Action Potential Simulation therapy devices in WA and the Northern Territory.

The pain therapy device reduces inflammation and pain by stimulating the body’s natural nerve impulses.

It allows ‘pain messages’ to be passed along the nerves to and from the brain faster and more effectively than they would be transmitted unaided.

Ms Pagonis said golfer Peter Senior used the portable device

to treat a sore shoulder during the recent Heineken Classic golf tournament.

“The product is helping people with acute problems such as sporting injuries, the elderly, and people with osteoporosis and arthritis,” she said.

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