Our Physio Services

Musculoskeletal & Spinal Physiotherapy
Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation
Pregnancy & Post Natal Physiotherapy
Paediatric Physiotherapy
Postural Assessment & Correction
Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation after Surgery
Care of the Elderly & Neurology
Rheumatology
Physio Pilates
Physio Yoga
Orthotics
Dry Needling
Sports / Deep Tissue Massage
 

Musculoskeletal & Spinal Physiotherapy

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy involves the use of manual (hands-on) therapy, advice, education and exercise prescription for the treatment of muscular, joint, ligament, tendon and nerve disorders of the body.  Physiotherapy for musculoskeletal & spinal injuries helps relieve pain, restore movement and return to normal activities as quickly as possible. Our Chartered Physiotherapists also use additional treatments such as dry needling, taping, electrotherapy and moist heat therapy to hasten the healing process.
All of our Chartered Physiotherapists are experienced musculoskeletal therapists with skills in the assessment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions, most commonly back pain and neck pain. We treat a broad spectrum of problems and can do more than just alleviate your pain. We use a mix of carefully selected joint mobilisation and manipulation techniques, specific exercise therapy, deep tissue release, postural correction and advice to improve movement and restore normal function. Rehabilitation of normal flexibility, strength, balance and co-ordination are encouraged through exercise, Pilates, Yoga and stretches. We give you the tools to manage your injury/condition and prevent a similar injury in the future.

Back Pain

Back pain is by far one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints seen in the Clinic. Back pain can originate from the musclesnervesbonesjoints or other structures in the spine.
The pain can often be divided into neck painupper back painlower back pain or tailbone pain. It may have a sudden onset or can be a chronic pain; it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate to other areas. It may be a dull ache, or a sharp or piercing or burning sensation. The pain may radiate into the leg or foot (Sciatica) and may include symptoms other than pain, such as weakness, numbness or tingling (pins & needles).
The spine is a complex interconnecting network of discs, nerves, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and all are capable of producing pain.  Back pain is most often the result of acute trauma / injury, poor postural habits and the accumulation of physical stress on the spine but there are other causes of back pain such as inflammation, and rarer, more serious problems such as progressive diseases affecting bones and joints.
Our Chartered Physiotherapists are experienced in the assessment and treatment of spinal problems, including back pain. An accurate diagnosis is important in successful management. Once the source of pain has been identified, treatment techniques such as joint mobilisations, manipulations, deep tissue release, dry needling etc are usually very effective in reducing pain and restoring normal movement. You will be shown specific exercises to improve your strength and flexibility. Back pain can often be prevented by keeping the back muscles flexible and strong and by being careful not to bend forward either repetitively or while carrying heavy weight. Physio Pilates and Physio Yoga are excellent ways of maintaining a flexible, stable spine and increasing your own body awareness to avoid injury in the future.
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Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common problem, with two-thirds of the population having neck pain at some point in their lives.
Neck pain, although felt in the neck, can be caused by numerous other spinal problems. Neck pain may arise due to muscular tightness in the neck and upper back, pressure on a disc, sprained ligament, or pinching of the nerves emanating from the cervical vertebrae.
Neck pain often results from poor posture, sitting for long periods of time, excessive slouching, repetitive lifting or a traumatic injury such as a car accident (whiplash).  Neck pain can also occur as a result of tension & tightness building up over time, again most commonly due to poor posture. It is very common for people to wake up in the morning with neck pain having no history of injury.
Our Chartered Physiotherapy treatment for neck pain involves a detailed examination to identify the root cause of your pain. Treatment can then be tailored to your individual needs. Treatment can involve postural advice & correction, joint mobilisations, soft tissue release, dry needling, exercises, Physio Pilates, Physio Yoga and massage.

Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation

 

We love sport. We play sport. We understand sport.
At Blackpool Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic, our Chartered Physiotherapists are passionate about sport. We have personal experience of running marathons, winning All-Ireland medals in basketball, gaelic football, camogie and hockey! So we understand how much your sport means to you and how quickly you want to return to full fitness.

What is a sports injury?

Sporting activities place specific demands on the body. Regardless of the level of preparation or participation, these demands make the athlete susceptible to injury. While there is a risk of injury with sport, this risk is far out-weighed by the benefits of activity e.g exercise can protect against heart problems, prevent obesity and reduce the risk of osteoporosis by increasing bone density. 

Sports injuries can be broadly classified as either traumatic or overuse injuries. 
Traumatic injuries are most common in contact sports such as rugby, Gaelic games, hockey, basketball and soccer because of the dynamic and high collision nature of these sports. The most common sports injuries are knee and ankle ligament sprains, calf and hamstring muscle strains, quadriceps muscle contusions (dead leg), Achilles tendon injuries, fractures and dislocations. Sports injuries left untreated almost always lead to further more complex and chronic complications down the line.
Sports injuries cause damage to the cells that make up the soft tissues. The dead and damaged cells release chemicals, which initiate an inflammatory response. Small blood vessels are damaged and opened up, producing bleeding within the tissue. In the body’s normal reaction, a small blood clot is formed in order to stop this bleeding and from this clot special cells (called fibroblasts) begin the healing process by laying down scar tissue.
The inflammatory stage is therefore the first phase of healing. However, too much of an inflammatory response in the early stage can mean that the healing process takes longer and a return to activity is delayed. Physiotherapy treatments are intended to minimize the inflammatory phase of an injury, so that the overall healing process is accelerated. If too much scar tissue is laid down during healing, there is a loss of movement and weakness which predisposes the athlete to future injury. Our Chartered Physiotherapists use a range of manual techniques including deep transverse frictions, dry needling and massage to break down excess scar tissue. Along with a sports specific rehabilitation programme, physiotherapy helps restore normal movement and ensures a faster return to sport.
Overuse injuries such as shin splints, ITB syndrome, Tennis Elbow etc are more common in sports that involve continuous repetitive movements such as running, cycling, swimming, tennis, golf etc. Identifying the root cause of such injuries is vital to ensure a quick return to sport and to prevent a similar injury in the future. Muscle imbalances, muscle weakness, postural dysfunction, biomechanical dysfunction or poor running technique are common underlying causes of overuse injuries. Our Chartered Physiotherapists are experienced in assessing these possible causes and have the tools to rehabilitate using sports specific exercise therapy, foam roller therapy, Physio Pilates, Physio Yoga and education/advice.

Why choose us?
At Blackpool Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic, our Chartered Physiotherapists are highly qualified and trained in the assessment and treatment of all types of sports injuries. We have a comprehensive knowledge of biomechanics, tissue pathology and tissue healing.  If your passion is running, rugby, football, golf, tennis, hockey, basketball, martial arts or dancing, we know about it; understand the biomechanics of it, and; are confident that we can provide a lasting solution to your pain or injury.


Our sports treatments include

  • Sport specific rehabilitation
  • Joint mobilisation and manipulation
  • Sports massage / deep tissue massage
  • Biomechanical assessment
  • Sports Orthotics
  • Foam Roller Therapy
  • Sports Pilates
  • Sports Yoga
  • Taping & Kinesiotape
  • Postural assessment and correction
  • Muscle imbalance & flexibility assessment & correction

Pregnancy & Post Natal Physiotherapy

 

Have you ever been for Physiotherapy or a massage while pregnant to be told you would benefit much more from the treatment if you could lie on your tummy?  At Blackpool Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic we found ourselves telling our pregnant clients just this, so we did something about it. We now have a specific (and possibly unique to Cork) pregnancy treatment bed which allows you to comfortably lie on your front while you receive your Physiotherapy treatment or back massage.

The bed has a special space for your bump, with an adjustable cloth sling to support you which means that you can comfortably lie on your front for what could be the first time in months.  This position allows us to treat your painful area much more effectively than lying on your side.

Pregnancy can often cause joint related pain both during the pregnancy and following childbirth.  Due to the increased release of hormones, the body’s ligaments ‘loosen’ to allow delivery of the baby through the pelvic floor.  However a side effect of this process is that ligaments at other joints also loosen. This can cause decreased support and stablity, which in turn leads to pain. 
Our Physiotherapists are skilled in the assessment & treatment of common ailments that you may encounter while pregnant and post-natally including  neck &upper back pain, lower back pain, Sacroiliac joint pain & dysfunction, symphysis pubis discomfort and sciatica.
Treatment usually involves a combination of manual therapy (joint mobilisations, soft tissue release etc) and rehabilitation to
alleviate your symptoms. Our Pregnancy Physio Pilates Classes and Mum & Baby Pilates Classes are a great way to
rehabilitate & strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, lower abdominal muscles and deep lumbar stability muscles. View our Class
 Timetable here.

Paediatric Physiotherapy

 

Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists work in many different settings, e.g. hospitals, clinics, special schools, primary care teams, educational and developmental centres and the child's own home. Our Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapy treatment is based on an accurate assessment of the child followed by an individual treatment programme. This treatment programme includes explanation and instruction as appropriate to the child, the parents and those responsible for the child's development. Treatments can be arranged in the Clinic or at the child’s home.
Paediatric practice takes into account the fact that the child is not a small adult but a developing human being.
To become a fully integrated and mature person, a child must develop a vast array of skills, both personal and social to which many factors contribute.  For development of children's physical and mental potential the family and the environment are of prime importance.

What conditions can be treated by our Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapist?

Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists treat any conditions similar to those in general physiotherapy practice.
However, there are many pathologies which are related almost entirely to paediatrics. Some of these may be recognised at birth, others may become more apparent later in the child's development.
Conditions common to paediatric practice include:

  • Neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Developmental delay
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Neural tube defect (Spina Bifida)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Progressive neuromuscular disorders
  • Motor dysfunction
  • Learning difficulties
  • Rheumatology
  • Weight management
  • Developmental co-ordination disorder
  • Congenital syndromes
  • Talipes
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Postural problems
  • Osteochronditis
  • Congenital absence/ shortening of limbs
  • Trauma/ injury
  • Orthopaedics
  • Erb's palsy

Postural Assessment & Correction

 

When we maintain good posture, the joints, ligaments and muscles of our spine are positioned optimally so they are under minimal stress. Maintaining this position reduces the likelihood of back or neck injury, which is vital in today's society where spinal and postural pain are common.
Maintaining correct posture helps those suffering from neck or back pain, by reducing stress on injured structures, thereby speeding up the healing process. Furthermore, this optimal spinal position enables your muscles to generate force more efficiently which improves performance in sporting or recreational activities.
Increasingly our lifestyles are contributing to postural dysfunction and general aches and pains; especially head, neck and shoulder problems in addition to low back and pelvic pain.
With prolonged sitting and standing postures our deep ‘core’ and abdominal muscles become dysfunctional and we begin to overload the spine. People who are becoming increasingly vulnerable to poor posture and associated dysfunction are office workers, manual workers, people who may have to drive or use computers for long periods. 
By improving postural awareness, flexibility, core control and strength a lot of our day-to-day aches and repetitive strains can be overcome. Our Chartered Physiotherapists can assess your posture and identify areas that are tight and areas that are weak. We will then use manual therapy techniques to mobilise the areas of your spine that are stiff.  However, the most important element for effective postural control is rehabilitation & corrective exercises.  We will show you specific exercises to stablise your spine in ideal alignment, strengthen areas that are weak and imprvove overall spinal health & flexibility.  We may also advise Physio Pilates or Physio Yoga to help you improve your body awareness and practice good posture.
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Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation after Surgery

 

Orthopaedics is a branch of medicine that involves the prevention and correction of injuries or disorders of the skeletal system and associated muscles, joints, and ligaments.
Some common orthopaedic conditions that we treat at Blackpool Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic include:

 Pre surgery strengthening & advice

  -    Post surgery rehabilitation e.g arthroscopy, Achilles tendon repairs, ACL (Cruciate ligament) rehabilitation,

shoulder reconstruction, hip replacement, knee replacement
Fracture rehabilitation (out of cast) 
Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis
Scoliosis
Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolysis
Rehabilitation after Surgery:

Physiotherapy is very important after many types of surgery. After surgery, joints become stiff and muscles waste and weaken due to pain, disuse and immobilisation (from being in a cast/sling), and there is general pain and swelling in the area. Physiotherapy can help with your recovery by using joint mobilisations, strengthening exercises, electrotherapy, soft tissue release, dry needling etc.  We can also help you gradually progress from using crutches to full weight bearing.
Our Chartered Physiotherapists will help you restore movement, relieve pain, reduce swelling, regain flexibility, balance & strength and guide you safely back to your normal work, sporting and leisure activities. We will regularly communicate with your G.P and surgeon to ensure the best recovery is achieved.

 

Care of the Elderly & Neurology

 


Our Chartered Physiotherapists have experience in treating patients with a wide range of neurological conditions including stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons disease, neuropathies as well as movement disorders. Our primary aim is to help you regain mobility and independence and to help manage any pain associated with your condition.
Our physiotherapists also work in all aspects of elderly care including rehabilitation following hip or knee surgery, falls prevention and rehabilitation, arthritis, and bone health.

 

Movement and exercise are always encouraged to enable functional independence as much as possible.

Rheumatology

 

Our Chartered Physiotherapists treat a wide range of arthritic and musculoskeletal conditions including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia and neck/back pain.  Physiotherapy management facilitates patients to achieve and maintain optimal function and independence in which self management is strongly encouraged.  This includes carrying out a detailed musculoskeletal assessment and identifying functional limitations.  
A treatment plan is then devised in conjunction with the patient.  This may include provision of a specific exercise programme to maintain / improve range of movement, strength and aerobic fitness. Electrotherapy, heat or ice may be used for pain relief or manual therapy also for pain relief or to improve joint movement.  It also includes advice regarding equipment e.g. mobility aids, footwear/orthotics and splints.

 

Physio Pilates

 

Physio Yoga

 

Orthotics

 

 

Like the foundations of a house, your feet support the weight of your whole body. When this support system is faulty (i.e poor foot posture/biomechanics), it may cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. These changes can put additional stresses on joints and muscles higher up in the body and lead to more severe problems such as Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles tendon pain, shin splints, knee pain or back pain.
Orthotics are devices that fit comfortably inside your shoes to help correct faulty foot posture or biomechanics.  This allows you to function more efficiently and helps reduce the forces and strain on your muscles and joints. Orthotics, along with rehabilitation exercises, restore natural walking and running patterns, and are an extremely important part in the prevention and long-term solution of many problems in the feet, legs and hips.
Orthotics are particularly effective for:

  • Metatarsalgia (Pain in the ball of the foot)
  • Tired/ Aching feet and legs
  • Hallux Abducto-Valgus (Bunions)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
  • Patello-femoral Pain (Anterior Knee Pain)
  • Medial Knee Pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
  • Flat feet
  • Lower back Pain caused by malalignment

If we think orthotics will help with your pain/injury we will discuss the options fully with you. If you need permanent orthotics our Chartered Physiotherapists will take a full biomechanical assessment of your feet and a foam box impression of your foot posture. This information is then sent to a professional orthotic company in Cork where your individual orthotics are constructed from the customised mould of your feet. More simple problems can be addressed with off the shelf orthotics which are cheaper. We will be able to advise you on what is most suitable for your condition and your budget. 

Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a very successful medical treatment, which uses very thin needles (a dry needle) to treat pain and dysfunction caused by muscle problems, sinus trouble, headaches, and some nerve problems. It is not Acupuncture. Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine, whereas Dry Needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research.
Dry needling (also known as trigger point needling) is a scientifically proven form of treatment to treat trigger points. The needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at the myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple knots (adhesions), which are directly related to the pain cycle.
When the needle is inserted, very often a local twitch response is experienced. After a dry needling treatment the myofascial trigger point has been released, therefore reducing pain. Combining Dry Needling with other manual techniques including joint mobilisations, deep tissue massage and stretching helps to relieve pain and restore normal movement quicker. Our Chartered Physiotherapists will also provide you with postural advice and exercises to prevent these myofascial trigger points returning.

How does dry needling work?

  • A local flow of blood is promoted to the injured part for healing.
  • The neural pathway that causes pain is inhibited or 'blocked' to some extent.
  • Endorphins (the body's natural painkillers) are released to ease the pain and inhibit the pain/inflammatory cycle.

What to expect

The benefits of trigger point release through dry needling include a decrease in the tightness and the pain associated with a particular muscle. Often times an immediate improvement is noted.
Dry needling is tolerable for most, but not all people. A limited amount of muscle soreness is to be expected for 1-2 days, after which the soreness resolves. Our Chartered Physiotherapists will choose a needle length and thickness appropriate to your condition and body size and then insert it through the skin at the appropriate place. You will feel a small pin-prick. Depending on the needle chosen you may feel a muscle ache and a muscle twitch. These are all good reactions and it means that you will get good relief from your symptoms. Because of the extreme slenderness of the needle, most people compare the sensations to a mild to moderate heaviness or tingling.

Dry needling is never used as an isolated treatment; it is followed by myofascial release and soft tissue work to minimize soreness and to maximize connective tissue flexibility. Other important aspects of musculoskeletal improvement of pain and function requires addressing possible contributing factors which includes the presence of joint or spinal dysfunction, postural imbalances, poor coordination of movement and poor posture and body mechanics with activities of daily living.

Sports / Deep Tissue Massage

Our Chartered Physiotherapists often deliver an effective, high quality deep tissue or sports massage as part of your Physiotherapy session (depending on your injury) or you can book a Sports / Deep tissue Massage even is you are not currently injured or in pain. Many of our clients attend for regular deep tissue or sports massages to optimize performance and prevent pain and injury from occurring.

What is a deep tissue/sports massage?

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Our physiotherapists will concentrate on your specific areas of tension and pain.  When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, our Chartered Physiotherapists will often use direct deep pressure or friction applied across muscle fibres. People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage. Sports massage is particularly effective for athletes with muscle overuse injuries, and before or after a big match or run/ marathon. Sports massage can be used for many different reasons but mainly in treatment of Sport Injuries and for sports preparation and recovery.

Sports/ Deep Tissue Massage can help the following conditions:

  • Pre and post marathons/matches
  • Sports Injuries e.g ITB syndrome, shin splints, recurrent calf muscle strains
  • Anxiety, stress and tension
  • Tightness in the upper/lower back
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches of muscular origin
  • Neck pains & aches
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, pelvic pain, post-op rehab) and many more

Our Sports/ Deep Tissue Massage treatments last 45 minutes and cost €50. You can claim some of this back through your health insurance and tax relief.

 

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