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Associate Chartered Physiotherapist, BSc (Hons), MISCP

Katie completed her BSc Physiotherapy degree at University College Dublin (UCD) with second class honours, grade one. While attending UCD, Katie gained experience in the physiotherapy management of musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, at both an acute and primary care...

Associate Chartered Physiotherapist, BSc (Hons), MISCP

Katie completed her BSc Physiotherapy degree at University College Dublin (UCD) with second class honours, grade one. While attending UCD, Katie gained experience in the physiotherapy management of musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, at both an acute and primary care level.

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Back in Action with Katie Farrell

Due to COVID-19, we took a break from break face-to-face appointments at the clinic.

This period gave me time to reflect, and I realised just how much I enjoy and value my job. It was not long before I was itching to get back to work, once it was safe to do so.

I'm now heading into my fourth full week back in the clinic, treating clients face-to-face, able to use my full range of clinical skills. I've been able to use a fully integrated physiotherapy approach, with a combination of manual therapy, medical acupuncture, advice and specific exercise programmes. It is super to be back, doing useful and meaningful work while seeing the diary filling back up with appointments.

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How to get the most out of your PhysioPilates

Our Winter Term, starting on the 18th of November, is booking up fast.

I would like to take this opportunity, ahead of the new term, to remind our regular attendees and new clients how to get the most from your PhysioPilates.

Breathing - Something that might seem very simple, but can have a considerable effect on our exercise and movement. The pattern of breathing we use during PhysioPilates helps with the activation of our transversus abdominis (our deep lower tummy muscle) and pelvic floor muscles. By focusing on getting an excellent lateral expansion of our chest during inhalation, we can help reduce and minimise tension from building around the neck and shoulders, which can occur with more shallow breaths.

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What is the best type of running shoe?

Picking the correct running shoe can be a difficult task, especially when there is such a variety of runners on the market. It can be tricky to know what runners will be most suitable for you, and it's hard not to get sucked in by current trends and fads!

Knowing your foot type can help point you in the right direction in terms of the features you should look out for when buying running shoes.

It is important to note, that while there are recommendations for the common foot types, all feet are different and not everyone will fit into a specific category. It comes down to what kind of shoe works best for you, and this often requires some experimentation.

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Physiotherapy for Problematic Pelvic Floor

I recently attended a further education course which focussed on the pelvic floor area of the body. It was an exciting and comprehensive course, with lots of focus on current evidence, exercise and patient education.

The course was taught by chartered physiotherapist Michelle Lyons, who specialises in integrative women's health. Her clinical toolbox includes over two decades in pelvic health physiotherapy, yoga, Pilates, nutrition, health coaching and mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention. She teaches nationally, internationally and online and is on the faculty of Herman & Wallace, the Pelvic Rehab Institute.

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Sleep better to Feel Better

As physiotherapists at Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health, we aim to do all we can to help our clients achieve their health goals and to improve their quality of life.

Sleep is a huge part of our lives, considering that throughout our lifespan we will spend about one-third of it sleeping. Sleep needs vary with age. The average adult needs between 7 to 9 hours a night. Younger people need more, with school-aged children needing 9 to 11 hours.

In the last number of years, there has been an explosion into the world of sleep science. But, there is still a lot that is unknown when it comes to sleep.1

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Lower Limb Biomechanics and the role of Footwear and Orthotics

The biomechanics of our lower limbs refer to the way the joints of our feet, knees, hips, and all the muscles, tendons and ligaments in between, work together to create movement.

Each person’s biomechanics will vary, and sometimes when certain joints or muscles aren’t working to their full potential, others will have to work harder to compensate, and this can result in lower limb pain or functional problems.

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What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

downloadHeadaches come in many different forms. The International Headaches Society has over 300 types of headaches in its classification system! The IHS system although very comprehensive is better suited for research purposes and perhaps less suitable for use in clinical practice.

A cervicogenic headache is characterised by pain referred to the head from the cervical spine (neck).These types of headaches are caused by abnormalities in the joints, muscles and neural structures of the neck region.

There is no one tell tale sign or unique feature that can differentiate between different types of headaches. We must look at a range of features from our clients history and our physical examination.

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Manual Therapy - what is it and why do we use it?

Manual therapy is any ‘hands on’ treatment performed by a physiotherapist, such as joint mobilisations, manipulations and specific soft tissue techniques.

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Pilates is not only about ‘core stability’

pilates poseSince completing my Stott Pilates training back in May, I have been comparing notes with other instructors, reading journal articles & blogs and listening to podcasts by expert instructors to help me develop and refine my teaching skills.

As a Chartered Physiotherapist I have been very lucky in that I’ve had the opportunity to teach here at MMCP since completing my training, which allowed me to really get stuck in straight away. Here at the clinic we teach a slightly modified form of Pilates which is more tailored to specific needs of our clients, many of whom are using our PhysioPilates method to help them manage and prevent aches and pains.

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Treating The Painful Hip With Physiotherapy

hip jointHip and groin complaints make up a large percentage of clients I treat here in the clinic. Due to the vast number of anatomical structures at the hip and groin, there are a wide range of possible diagnoses.

To help guide my clinical reasoning when coming to make a diagnosis and finding the source of pain or dysfunction, I try to break hip diagnoses down into 3 different, but sometimes overlapping categories:

Articular (happening within the joint): This includes conditions such as osteoarthritis, hip impingement (femoroacetabular impingement, or FAI for short) and labral issues.

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