Mrs Debbie Larson
Specialist Hand Therapist and Mindfulness Teacher
BScOT, MSc Hand Therapy
"The Physiotherapy department at Spire Norwich Hospital has been incredibly supportive in developing a mindfulness service to support people with chronic health conditions."
I have been a Hand Therapist for 15 years and am an expert in treating people who have experienced an injury, have had an operation or have developed a painful condition in the hand or wrist. I can provide all the splinting, scar management and exercise guidance needed for a hand and wrist condition.
I specialise in carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's contracture, De Quervain disease, arthritic conditions of the hand and wrist, traumatic injuries of the hand and wrist, hand therapy, work-related upper limb disorders and complex regional pain syndrome.
I am an expert in the post-operative management of Dupuytren's contracture release. As part of a research team who wrote a seminal paper in this field, I have presented the findings all over the world and have written a textbook chapter on post-operative care following Duputyren's surgery.
I also have a keen interest in supporting people who are struggling to cope with a physical problem and are experiencing low mood, anxiety, chronic pain and/or fatigue. I trained to become a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) teacher in 2016. In addition to my role as a hand therapist, I teach people to use mindfulness to improve their ability to cope with any physical health condition.
For MBCT, I specialise in chronic musculoskeletal pain (eg back pain and arthritic conditions), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome and other chronically painful conditions.
In addition to working at Spire, I run Simply Mindfulness Norwich. Simply Mindfulness provides mindfulness courses and workshops to the general public, workplaces and schools.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mrs Debbie Larson at Spire include:
BScOT, MSc Hand Therapy / University of Alberta, Canada / 1996
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Masters of Science in Hand Therapy
BScOT is the clinical Degree to practice Occupational Therapy. MSc is a Masters Degree to specialise in Hand Therapy.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy / Bangor University, Wales / 2016
Qualification to become a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
I contribute to the Hand Therapy journal as an editorial reviewer.
I also contribute to BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders and American Journal of Hand Therapy.
I enjoy spending time with my husband and two young children in the outdoors, walking or canoeing in the beautiful Norfolk Broads. I like to stay active by running, rowing and growing vegetables.