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Rachael completed her Physiotherapy degree at Trinity College Dublin. During her years of study, she gained experience working with respiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions both in Ireland and abroad.

Rachael spent time working in a top private outpatient department in Malta working with elite-level athletes and developing her...

Rachael completed her Physiotherapy degree at Trinity College Dublin. During her years of study, she gained experience working with respiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions both in Ireland and abroad.

Rachael spent time working in a top private outpatient department in Malta working with elite-level athletes and developing her ‘hands-on’ manual therapy techniques which she finds extremely effective in clinical practice.

Upon graduation, Rachael began working as a staff grade physiotherapist in orthopaedic rehabilitation, treating and managing many post-surgical patients. Rachael has worked pitch-side with a local football club gaining extensive experience in various sports conditions and injuries.

Rachael qualified as a Pilates instructor in June 2019 and enjoys using these exercise-based techniques with her patients both in classes and in one-on-one rehabilitation.

Her clinical areas of interest include women’s health conditions, tendinopathies and post-surgical rehabilitation.

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Returning to Sport and Gyms after Lockdown

Finally, here in Ireland, we have come to the end of our Level 5 lockdown and sports, training and leisure centres have begun to reopen.

As many of us are eager to return to our much-loved activities, there are some essential factors to consider to return in a physically safe manner, to avoid injury and get the most out of your exercise sessions. After weeks of not hitting the gym or maintaining your usual training regimen, it is crucial to return gradually to avoid injury.

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Reasons to consider a Partial Knee Replacement

Consider the following scenario:

You are a fit and active 65-year-old man; you play golf once a week and tennis twice a week. Your right knee has been creaking for a few years, and during the previous few weeks has become very sore, swollen and stiff. Your knee is now slowing you down, affecting your enjoyment of sport and exercise. You are waking with pain in the mornings and finding it slower to get up and going.

You consult an experienced chartered physiotherapist who, following a thorough clinical assessment, diagnoses you with medial compartmental knee osteoarthritis. Your physiotherapist provides a course of treatment which reduces your pain levels by 60% and improves the mobility and strength of your knee. A good result, but not quite enough to get you back to playing golf and tennis comfortably. What next?

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The Young Arthritic Knee - What to do?

Osteoarthritis affects on average one in two people. Presently, people are being diagnosed with OA at a much earlier age than in previous years. More premature onset osteoarthritis may be a reflection of changes in activity levels, diet and other lifestyle factors.

As a result, it is predicted that in ten years, there will be seven times more osteoarthritis related to total knee replacement surgeries performed by orthopaedic surgeons.

According to the orthopaedic consultant, Mihai Vioreanu, preservation of the knee joint is critical. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends:

  • Low impact aerobic exercises such as cycling, swimming and walking
  • Weight loss if necessary
  • Building strength, balance and flexibility around the knee joints.
  • Correct use of anti-inflammatory medication, when indicated.
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Don't Stress about your Pelvic Floor

Pelvic Health in both men and women is a topic that deserves much more attention in today's society. 

 One in three women will have a pelvic health issue in their lifetime, and yet it remains a problem that many choose to ignore or accept as 'normal'. 
 
The pelvic muscles are just another group within the body, like the biceps and triceps in the arm and therefore can become weak or injured. The good news is that if they are not working correctly, they can also be treated just like most other muscles. 
 
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COVID-19: Advice for those with Asthma

If you have asthma, you are among those considered to be at a higher risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is important to note that being in the ‘high-risk’ category does not mean you are more likely to catch the virus; instead, it means that you are at higher risk of serious illness if you do contract it.

It is therefore vital for asthmatics to take the necessary precautions to keep themselves safe during this time.

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COVID-19 How to Avoid Neck Pain and Headaches at the Desk

Whether we are working from the office or at home, some steps can be taken to minimise our risk of developing neck pain and headaches during our working day. 
 
Most of us have suffered from either neck pain, a headache or both at some stage in our lives and will know that it can disrupt our productivity, concentration and comfort. 
 
Begin by examining your desk setup. Your monitor should be directly in front of you, approximately an arm's length away. The top of your screen should be at eye level. If the screen is too low, you will angle your head downwards and increase the strain on your neck, so raise or lower your chair or screen accordingly.
 
You should avoid having your head protracting forward, make sure it is sitting between the shoulders. As the head is the heaviest part of the body, even a slight forward head position can add a considerable strain to the muscles at the back of the neck. The forward head position commonly occurs with mobile phone use. Therefore try to reply to emails and messages on your desktop computer instead of your smaller devices which tend to pull us into poor positions for more extended periods.
 
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COVID-19: Minding your Mental Health

The outbreak of COVID-19 has the potential to affect more people from a mental health perspective than a physical one.

This novel disease brings with it a wave of uncertainty and a big disruption to our daily routines, which can cause many to feel fearful, anxious and stressed.

We are constantly hearing of new cases, business closures, isolation and an unknown future- which can understandably take a toll on anyone's mental health.

It's at times like this when we must do all we can to mind our mental health- but how?

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