Physiotherapy At Saint Francis Private Hospital

Physiotherapy Services Consultant

Eileen Lynn
Chartered Physiotherapist

The range of physiotherapy services we provide include:

Other services:

  • Dry Needling
  • Massage
  • Orthotics
  • Back Rehab Classes

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy:

Physiotherapy is the treatment of a wide range of conditions and injuries to the body through the use of various forms of passive mobilisation, massage, electro therapy and exercise. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy involves the use of manual therapy, advice, education and exercise prescription for the treatment of muscular joint and nerve disorders of the body. Manual therapy is the use of 'hands on' treatment such as joint mobilisation and soft tissue release.

Examples of conditions treated include:

  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Neck and arm pain
  • Headache
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Muscle pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Biomechanical disorders including foot pain

Sports Injuries

Physiotherapy treatment of sports injuries uses techniques and treatments that ensure a speedy and healthy recovery with an emphasis on hands-on manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation.

Sports injury treatments include:

  • Joint mobilisation, soft tissue massage and stretching
  • Dry needling
  • Education on home exercise programme's
  • Taping, bracing and prescription of foot orthotics
  • Instruction in gym programme's and stability training
  • Electrotherapy treatment

Post-op Rehabilitation

Physiotherapy is an essential aid to recover strength and movement following surgery such as:

  • Knee and hip replacements
  • Disc surgery
  • Cruciate ligament repairs
  • Meniscectomy (removal of knee cartilage)
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Fracture repair

We can assist patients to achieve full fitness by recommending exercise programme's that are tailored to the individual and the injury.

Balance & Mobility Assessments

Balance and mobility assessments are carried out to help prevent the patient from falls.

Falls become more common as we get older and can lead to complications such as fractures. Physiotherapy can help minimise the risk of falling by identifying the cause of poor balance and begin an exercise programme to improve balance and reduce the risk of falling. We can visit the more elderly at home or in their nursing home if they are unable to come to us.

Manual Handling Training/Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the science of your work place matching you and the task at hand.

Causes of ergonomic problems:

  • Poor workspace layout
  • Poor postures
  • Prolonged sitting or standing periods
  • Repetitive tasks
  • Heavy pushing, pulling, carrying and lifting

A variety of symptoms can be experienced such as pain, stiffness, weakness etc.

We can assess and treat the injury, identify the cause and implement exercises and postural training to minimise re-occurrence.

We also run classes in manual handling training and people moving and handling training.

Osteoporosis/Bone Health

Osteopenia and osteoporosis is the deterioration in bone density which affects 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men by age of 50 years. This silent disease is on the increase and is due to hormonal changes, inadequate intake of calcium and vitamin D and lack of weight bearing exercise. Physiotherapy and correct management can maintain, prevent and restore bone density.

Osteoporosis Classes

As osteoporosis is a silent disease and there may not be any warning signs until a bone fracture occurs, our classes include education in the development and process of osteoporosis and give a practical guide to pain management and lifestyle advice.

Classes also involve postural and strengthening exercises and activities to improve balance. Exercises will incorporate weight bearing, balance and strength training.

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