Physical Therapy is a healthcare profession which involves the treatment or management of pain, disability and impaired movement by means of massage, myofascial techniques, joints mobilizations and exercise therapy.
Our Physical Therapists are graduate level healthcare practitioners, who work to restore full normal movement and to reduce or eliminate pain resulting from injury, infirmity and from medical conditions. Physical Therapy appointments are available for you at our Sandyford Clinic or in your own home, and as part of our multi-disciplinary ½ day service for Nursing Homes and Daycare Centres.
*All of these services are carried out by Physical Therapists, members of the IAPT (Irish Assoc. of Physical Therapists).
Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy
A Certified Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist (ARTC) is a graduate level (BSc, level 8 NFQ) healthcare practitioner specializing in musculoskeletal management, exercise-based rehabilitation and fitness. This therapist specializes in evidence-based assessment, treatment and advanced rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions.
Your Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist will complete a comprehensive assessment of your presenting condition and contributing factors. This may include physical tests for range of motion, strength and specific special tests of the involved body parts as appropriate. Your ARTC will then develop, implement, review and progress a treatment and rehabilitation plan with you.
Your treatment plan may include manual therapies such as massage, myofascial/soft tissue release techniques, trigger point dry needling, joint mobilizations; and/or electro or thermotherapies or taping techniques. And it will almost definitely include a home rehabilitation and exercise program which may focus on developing strength, range of motion, improving your balance and decreasing your falls risk! We can arrange an appointment for you with our Certified Athletic Rehabilitation Therapists in your own home. And, ARTC’s work within our multi-disciplinary ½ day service for Nursing Homes and Daycare Centres.
*All of these services are carried out by Certified Athletic Rehabilitation Therapists, members of A.R.T.I. (Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland) and BASRAT (British Assoc. of Sports Rehabilitators & Trainers).
Manual Lymph Drainage & Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT)
The Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specific treatment aimed at encouraging the natural drainage of lymph fluid around the body back into the circulatory system. It is a very gentle but precise therapeutic technique working at skin level to promote the normal activity of lymph vessels.
MLD can also be used in the care of patients with conditions such as venous stasis ulceration, wounds, scar tissue, burns, traumatic oedema, dermatological indications such as rosacea and orthopaedic indications such as adhesive capsulitis, arthritic conditions, acute whiplash and migraines.
CDT is Combined Decongestive Therapy and is the treatment of choice for lymphoedema, either primary or secondary. There are 4 main elements to the treatment: Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), compression therapy, skin-care and exercise. Initially, it involves frequent visits with a doctor’s/consultant’s prescription. Once the lymphoedema is reduced, the maintenance phase will involve less treatment sessions but increased patient participation is required for on-going care. CDT is generally effective. It is not a ‘cure’ in itself but helps to manage the condition and prevents further complications.
Therapeutic Relaxation Massage is a type of massage and is primarily restricted to hands, arms and feet. It is particularly effective in reducing anxiety in dementia related disorders. This type of massage is ideal for older adults and in particular can be very soothing for those individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.
Swedish Massage relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility. This is suitable and beneficial for all ages.
Trigger Point Dry Needling
Myofascial trigger point dry needling involves inserting very fine acupuncture type needles into your muscle. Your muscle will first be palpated for taut bands and trigger points, which are like little knots in your muscles. If these are found and what we call a local twitch response and/or pain are elicited, you may be offered manual therapy e.g. massage & release techniques, and/or dry needling. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor end plates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.
Individual Falls Risk Assessments
We support clients, nurses, home carers and families with assessments to help identify risk factors that increase a person’s risk of falls. Our therapists organise an appointment which involves a comprehensive review of the client, including a falls history, physical functional ability, medications and possible psychological risk factors (Fear of Falling).
With knowledge that falls are one of the leading causes of injury to an older adult and subsequent reduced quality of life, we aim to provide best practice interventions to reduce the risk of falls.
Post assessment, an accurate, informative and educational handover to allied healthcare professionals and carers is essential to maximise the effectiveness of the action plans indicated.
Duration: 1-3 hours depending on complexity of the assessment.
Multifactorial assessment following best practice guidelines (NICE)
Comprehensive report and handover compiled outlining appropriate interventions and actions plans identified
Specific falls prevention education plans developed with client/carer/family
Maximizes the likelihood of a reduction in falls.