Physical Therapy takes a “hands-on” approach and focuses on the manual treatment of the soft tissue of the body, i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and fascia. Hands-on techniques are used to diagnose, prevent or treat underlying conditions and problems. Both the symptoms of the ailment and the underlying cause are treated with physical therapy.
Physical therapy has been proven to be very safe, non-invasive method of treatment. It takes the obstacles out of the way so that the body can heal to the best of its ability. Physical therapy works very well alongside other health care practices and is particularly effective in conjunction with dry needling.
Each physical therapy treatment is tailored to the client’s individual problem and needs. As a therapist, it is equally important to identify when a problem is not being caused by the musculoskeletal injury present. In these cases, it is our job to direct the client towards the medical professional that is most likely to help to resolve their problem, e.g. GP, dentist, neurosurgeon, rheumatologist, etc.
As part of the hands on treatment, the following manual techniques are used among others: soft tissue and/or deep tissue massage, peripheral joint mobilization, stretching, muscle energy techniques, heat, cold. Physical therapy will almost always include exercises; these specifically chosen exercises will help to stretch, mobilize, stabilize or strengthen the affected area. They will also reduce the patient’s recovery time and hasten their return to the level of mobility, fitness or activity that they desire. In some cases, postural re-education programs can be given as a home exercise program to aid recovery and prevent re-occurrence of the condition.
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Having suffered with long term back pain where neither surgery or endless alternative treatments have helped or eased the pain, one weekly session of combined stretching, exercise, deep tissue massage and dry needling, along with sound and practical advice from Meadbh, I am running pain free for the first time in 6 years.
I am delighted with the treatment I received from Meadbh. For years, I suffered with headaches, sinus problems and a stiff neck. With the massage and needles, I have got great relief. I have great movement now and no headaches. I have even found that my sense of smell has improved as the sinuses have cleared. Meadbh gave me some home exercises to do which I find are very good.
18 months ago, I had an accident and I fractured my pelvis. Before I went to Meadbh, I found my muscles were very stiff and sore. I found it very hard to stoop or to pick something up from the floor. I was very stiff when I got up in the morning and it took a long time to get going. Things were getting worse. Now, after 4 treatments, I am able to do a lot more and the morning stiffness is almost gone. I am able to stand up straight again and I can even bend to touch my toes. The exercises that Meadbh gave me have helped a lot.
Before I started physio with Meadbh, I had fallen at home outside my door. I had hurt my left knee, wrists, fingers, and arms and had all aches and pains all over my body. I felt like a 90 year old person. After the first session with Meadbh, I was feeling better. Within a few weeks, I was getting back to normal and back walking. I would recommend anybody who has any type of aches and pains in knees, back or headaches to give Meadbh a try at physio. She is a brilliant person and is so relaxing. She has made me feel 100% well again. Thanks for everything.
I had been struggling to shake off a lower back injury which had resulted in me experiencing a lot of stiffness and loss of flexibility in that area. I had also suffered an attack of sciatica from the same injury. This had been very painful and left me with a lot of soreness and tenderness down through the muscles in my leg.
Meadbh performed a combination of dry needle therapy and cranial therapy on my back and leg over the course of a number of weeks. I found this treatment to be very effective as it greatly reduced the symptoms I had experienced.
She also provided me with a program of exercises and stretches which were designed to strengthen my lower back and core region. I can say that this program has been of immense benefit to me as I am now feeling a lot stronger in this area. Meadbh is an excellent therapist with a tremendous passion for her job and I am very grateful to her for the treatment she provided.