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Chartered Physiotherapist - MPhty BPhysio MISCP BMAS
Lorraine Carroll holds a Masters Degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. Lorraine lectures on the under and postgraduate Physiotherapy programmes at UCD and has extensive experience treating complex, acute sporting injuries...
Chartered Physiotherapist - MPhty BPhysio MISCP BMAS
Lorraine Carroll holds a Masters Degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. Lorraine lectures on the under and postgraduate Physiotherapy programmes at UCD and has extensive experience treating complex, acute sporting injuries gained during her time working with professional sport and dance teams.
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Super Comfy Strive Footwear

I love my shoes! However, after many years on my feet, I have become much more discerning about the type of shoes I wear. My shoes not only have to look good but feel good. Gone are the days when I can squeeze my feet into a fancy pair of heels and not have very sore feet the next day.

As a runner, I have experienced plantar fasciitis, a painful overload injury involving the thick fibrous tissue which runs from the heel to the sole of the foot.

Diagnosing my own feet problems and working out the best treatment approach is what got me interested in lower limb biomechanics, one of many musculoskeletal physiotherapy sub-specialities. 

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Look After your Amazing Thumbs

The way that bones, muscles and tendons all connect is pretty impressive in its elegance.

Did you know? Hands contain 29 bones, 17 muscles, 123 ligaments, and various arteries and nerves. There are then another 18 muscles in the forearm that help operate the hand and fingers and thumb.

What results is a part of our anatomy, which is very flexible, durable and highly functional. Our opposable thumbs are a clever piece of design, and as advanced primates, we put them to good use.

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Tips for reducing & preventing Anterior Knee Pain

Tips for reducing & preventing Anterior Knee Pain

Anterior knee pain is a very common condition and we treat many cases here at the clinic. 

The pain and dysfunction are usually related to the patellofemoral joint and needs to be treated carefully and specifically.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

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All about Whiplash Injuries - part 2

If you have not read part 1, which I posted last week, I'd recommend having a quick read.

In Part 2 of this article, I will discuss the assessment of a patient with a suspected whiplash-associated disorder (WAD), as well as an evidence and experience-based physiotherapy treatment approach.

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All about Whiplash Injuries - part 1

You may have heard of the term 'whiplash' but what does the word mean?

Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) is a medical term given to a variety of symptoms which may follow a motor vehicle accident, for example, and include:

Neck pain - on one or more frequently both sides of the neck, either when moving the neck when sitting still or frequently both depending on the severity of the injury.

Dizziness - may occur when changing position or moving the head and neck.

Paraesthesia - aka pins and needles may occur about the neck, towards the head or sometimes down one or both arms.

Headaches - usually an unpleasant 'pressure' type of feeling, starting at the back of the head, either one side or both.

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The 4 Pillars of Christmas Health

Christmas is upon us, and it is time to eat, drink and be merry!

Here are some tips to ensure you enjoy Christmas and don't come out the other side feeling pretty awful. These are based on expert recommendations, research and personal experience.

Being mindful of these four pillars of health may help you enjoy this time of the year without missing any of the fun and festivities!

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The benefits of a Ketogenic Diet for Women

As many of my clients will know, I am a strong proponent of a ketogenic dietary approach.

Why?... because of very positive personal experiences and sound science to back it up as a very healthy way to eat!

For those who may not be familiar with 'going keto,' it is all about training your body to be less reliant on sugar and starches and instead burning fat and ketones for energy.

Sounds strange, well not really. In ancestral times when food was scarce, and carbohydrates were less abundant, our bodies used this system to keep us fit and healthy.

Not only does keto make weight management very easy, but there are other significant health benefits.

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How to sit at your desk to avoid pain

Here are some guidelines to help you with your desk at chair set up at work and at home.

It's worth trying to get this right, or near enough, to avoid neck and back pain.

However, no matter how good your ergonomics, it is still very important to get up from sitting and move about regularly!

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The Benefits of a Team Approach

Simon and I have been practising for almost 20 years each, almost exclusively in a private practice setting, treating all types of pain and just about every musculoskeletal injury.

It's safe to say that between us, we have accumulated a significant amount of experience, which, together with our academic qualifications, makes us pretty good at what we do. We have helped thousands of clients out of pain over the years, and continue to do so week by week.

That said, we only have two hands and a certain amount of time each week that we can allocate to looking after our clients as well as ensuring the clinic runs optimally. Our family commitments mean working late into the evenings in the clinic is no longer possible for us.

To ensure longevity in the physiotherapy profession, and to try and avoid the dreaded and common 'burnout', to which so many private practice owners have succumbed, we have to manage ourselves carefully, so we can continue to be of use to you and our community for years to come.

So we need help, and thankfully we have it in the great team of physiotherapists we have to support us in our efforts.

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Three tips for preventing back pain

About 60% of my clients are suffering from and being treated for low back pain.

Once resolved, my top three tips for preventing another episode are:

1. Get good sleep.

Inadequate or non restorative sleep increases the risk of developing back pain as well as other health problems. Sleep hygiene is essential, sleep coaching necessary for some. If you are struggling with sleep, let me help you with some specific coaching.

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