What does Physical Therapy treatment involve?
Working as a Physical Therapist I treat both sporting and non sporting related injuries. Physical Therapy has been very beneficial in the treatment of painful conditions such as work related strain injuries (RSI), frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, whiplash, back pain. lower back pain, sciatica, headaches, neck pain, planter fasciitis and a wide range of other conditions which can lead to pain in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle joints.
I currently work with sports people who are involved in GAA, Soccer, Rugby, Athletics, Swimming, Water polo, Gym users and a range of other sports. Sporting injuries which can be treated include, trapped nerves, muscle injuries, ligament injuries, tendon injuries, muscle imbalance issues, pulled muscles – hamstring, calf and a wide range of other joint related issues.
On your first visit to my clinic, I will greet you personally and will proceed to carry out a detailed medical history. I will carry out a thorough assessment with you to establish the cause of your problem. Your assessment will also include postural, psychological, emotional, and social factors as these play an important part of your overall well being. Often any imbalances in these factors could play a role in your pain, discomfort or dysfunction.I will then develop a programme which is specific to you and your underlying condition.
I will work with you, using hands-on manual techniques to treat your problems which often occur in the joints and soft tissues, such as: muscles, tendons, ligaments and the tissue surrounding the organs and muscles. I will ensure continual assessment and monitoring of your soft tissues and joint motion during your treatment, integrating a wide variety of advanced soft tissue and particular techniques to effect restoration of optimal pain free function.
Once I have identified the underlying cause of your pain and dysfunction, I will then work with you to restore you to pain free movement. I will help you to prevent further problems through providing further interventions, habilitation and rehabilitation, if needed. An ongoing home care programme and/or a maintenance treatment schedule to suit your needs can be organised and I will always provide you with sound advice and promote ways to help you avoid further injury.
Physical Therapy also involves the interaction between you and other health professionals (such as your GP, consultant) when and where this is needed.