Our Services and Treatments

During your first consultation you will be encouraged to describe your problem in detail and your physiotherapist will listen to everything you have to say.

Your physiotherapist will then ask you questions to help them narrow down your possible diagnoses. Questions about your medical history and current lifestyle can also help with this. 

Once enough information is gathered your physiotherapist will explain to you what will happen during the physical examination. Assessing the injured body part and other nearby structures is essential to making the right diagnosis. 

Once your physiotherapist is satisfied they know the source of your problem they will explain exactly what they feel is going on. This will be in language you understand and you will be encouraged to ask questions if there is anything you don’t understand. Usually treatment can start in the first session and this may involve advice about things you can do to help yourself, education to help you understand your problem really well and it may also involve some “hands on treatment” or designing an exercise programme for you. 

If you come back for a follow up session, which is usually encouraged, there will be less examination and more time given to progressing your treatment. This may be more “hands on treatments”, progressing your exercise programme or even further discussion about ways you can sort your problem out by yourself. Having clear goals is also important and there will usually be discussion about goal setting during your sessions. 

At all times during your physiotherapy sessions you are encouraged to ask questions if there is anything you don’t understand. If there is a certain type of treatment you were expecting it is important to mention this too. 

Some of the most common types of assessment and treatment methods are listed. 

  • Exercise therapy - This can range from simple movements of body parts in early stages of treatment to high force explosive movements to help people return to sport. In most cases exercise is very helpful in helping you get better. Choosing the right type of exercise and making sure it is at a level you can manage is a key job of your physiotherapist.
  • "Hands on treatments" - These can include things like joint mobilisations, manipulations, massage and placing hands on different body parts as you do different movements. Your physiotherapist will explain the reason they are using each technique and what actually happens to the body during them.
  • Dry needling and acupuncture - Shane and Patrick are both qualified to use needling techniques as part of their treatment. Essentially, both techniques aim to reduce pain in the body and reduce tension in muscles. There are a wide range of physiological responses during these treatments which your physiotherapist will happily explain. These treatments are never compulsory and being comfortable with what is happening during them is important.
  • Sports & Kinesio taping - Taping can help with pain relief in the early stages of an acute injury and it can help provide support to healing body parts as you return to activity.
  • Orthotic prescription - Using shoe inserts can positively influence biomechanics in the lower limb and Shane is trained in assessing people with a view to providing individualised inserts. Moulding for these inserts can be done within the clinic.
  • Occupational physiotherapy - Patrick and Shane provide assessment and treatment of work related issues of employees and work with employers to facilitate timely and practical return to work plans.
  • Electrotherapy - Therapeutic ultrasound uses sound waves to pass mechanical energy into tissues which can stimulate healing at different stages of the recovery process.