Chartered Physiotherapist - MSc, BSc Hons, DipMedAc, MISCP
Simon Coghlan holds a Master of Science Degree in Physiotherapy and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. A post graduate Diploma in Medical Acupuncture entitles him to accredited membership of the British Medical Acupuncture Society. Simon specialises in the...
Chartered Physiotherapist - MSc, BSc Hons, DipMedAc, MISCP
Simon Coghlan holds a Master of Science Degree in Physiotherapy and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. A post graduate Diploma in Medical Acupuncture entitles him to accredited membership of the British Medical Acupuncture Society. Simon specialises in the integration of medical acupuncture techniques with manual therapy and therapeutic exercise for the treatment of musculo-skeletal pain and dysfunction.

The effects of Medical Acupuncture in the Brain

Once the acupuncture needle penetrates the skin, fascia and muscle, nerve endings are stimulated, sending action potentials (i.e. nerve signals) to the spinal cord, then the midbrain from where they then pass to other areas of the brain.

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How will my Physiotherapist Treat me?

Many of my new clients believe at physiotherapy is synonymous with ‘hands-on’ treatment, usually along the lines of massage or maybe some ‘manipulation’. 

In recent years, with an emphasis shift towards exercise-based treatment, many of my clients now expect to be prescribed exercises as part of their treatment. If the prescription of exercises is viewed positively by my client, I am encouraged that my client will be committed to doing them!

In clinical practice, we have many techniques available, some with more ‘evidence’ of effectiveness and efficacy than others. An experienced physiotherapist will know which techniques to choose and when, depending on the client’s presentation. 

Proper evidence-based practice considers the research, the preferences of the client and the physiotherapist’s experience in applying the techniques.

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Top Health Tips for 2021

What are your health goals for 2021? 

Due to Covid-19, metabolic health, physical and mental fitness has become even more essential to maintain or improve. 

Here are some tips to help get you started:

Regular movement is essential for immune function, pain management and general physical fitness

  • Try to move frequently at a slow pace.
  • Walk for 2-5 hours per week.
  • Get up from sitting and walk for 2-3 minutes every hour, 10 minutes every 2 hours and for 30 minutes at lunchtime.
  • Change your position as often as possible.
  • Some discomfort when moving is not a cause for concern; it will usually ease in time.
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Christmas Hours and New Year Planning

After a very challenging and busy year, your physiotherapists are taking a break from the 21st of December and will be back at 8 am on Monday the 4th of January 2021. 
Thank you for your support this year as we navigated some turbulent times. Hopefully, 2021 will be a brighter and more settled year for us all.
Our diaries are booking up quickly for the new year. If you are struggling with pain but would prefer to wait until the New Year before booking an appointment, we would recommend that you book your appointment for the New Year before the 18th of December. Please call us on 01 2834303.
As we are all taking a break, we will respond to any messages left over the Christmas period on Monday the 4th of January 2021, as soon as we can.
We would like to wish you and your family the very best of the season and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
In good health,
Lorraine & Simon
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Tips for Managing Arthritis - part 2

This blog is the second of a two-part blog series which will discuss strategies you can put in place which will help you manage your osteoarthritis.

This week I'll be covering the importance of movement and doing the correct exercises.

1. Motion is lotion

When it comes to soothing painful joints, sometimes the best treatment may be the last one you want to do — move it. Movement is integral in keeping your joints as mobile and limber as possible; stop moving, and you may experience an increase in pain, stiffness, and a loss of function.

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Tips for Managing Arthritis - part 1

This blog is the first of a two-part blog series which will discuss strategies you can put in place which will help you manage your osteoarthritis. 

This week I'll be covering the importance of getting into the right mental mindset. Next week I'll cover the important role of specific exercises and how best to integrate them effectively into everyday life. 

The Mental Mindset

1. Don't forget the reason you're doing this

A course of physiotherapy is a very effective way to start a process of rehabilitation. Whether it is knee arthritis, hip arthritis or arthritis of the spine, physiotherapy techniques can help alleviate pain, improve movement and function. 

Physiotherapy can at times be uncomfortable, frustrating, or even tedious — and that's understandable as you're often required to push yourself more, sometimes in ways which may hurt a little at first.  

In the difficult moments, it's essential to keep your eye on the prize and remember why you're doing this in the first place. The goal of physiotherapy is to get stronger and more resilient progressively; this will allow you to move more and move better. 

We will keep an updated list of your goals and check-in with you about your progress. 

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Treating Tennis Elbow during COVID-19

Tennis elbow aka lateral epicondylalgia is a condition usually related to the overuse of the muscles and tendons which attach at the outer elbow.

With more people interacting with PCs and laptops to communicate during the COVID-19 restrictions, here at the clinic, we have seen a significant increase in tennis elbow cases.

The condition causes pain and sensitivity at the outer elbow and often along the back of the forearm. Gripping, lifting and carrying as well as working on a keyboard is often weak and painful.

To heal and recover, a period of 'offloading' is required to allow the tissues to settle. During this period, you should generally avoid activities which cause pain. These include activities which use the wrist and hand such as lifting, carrying, holding objects, as well as sports such as tennis, golf, cycling and spinning.

Also, be careful to avoid prolonged use of a keyboard or tablet which will strain and aggravate the affected muscles and tendons. Take regular breaks, before any soreness develops. It helps to assume a good posture with the head and neck aligned, shoulders relaxed, and forearms supported when working at a desk.

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A Physio's Guide to Foam Rolling

Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release using a rigid styrofoam cylinder of varying length and degrees of 'hardness'. You can also achieve the foam rolling effect with a rolling pin style device (like I use in the clinic) or a sometimes a hard rubber or rubber spiked therapy ball.

Foam rolling may be useful:

  • To improve exercise performance.
  • As an evening activity to unwind from stress and tension.
  • As an injury, self-treatment modality.
  • To help alleviate muscle tension and soreness after exercise.
  • As part of a morning exercise mobility programme.
  • To enhance mobility in nearby joints (but be careful, see below).
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How to use a Standing Desk effectively

There is no magic bullet or quick-fix solution that will save your body.

Standing desks seem to have become misunderstood as a panacea for improving physical health either at the office and more often in recent times, at home.

The fact is that standing is just another position, and if done for too long or in the wrong way, will create the same problems as excessively long periods of sitting.

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COVID-19: In-Clinic Appointments - Important Safety Information

We are open to provide primary healthcare including Chartered Physiotherapy to our clients in accordance with the latest government restrictions. Our role as essential healthcare providers is further supported by our professional body, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

If you have booked a face to face, in-clinic appointment, please read the following important COVID-19 infection control information.

Face to face, in-clinic appointments are available weekdays for those who have not been diagnosed with COVID-19, are not awaiting a test, do not have symptoms and who are not self-isolating. If you are considered high or very high risk, we recommend that you consult with your GP before attending for physiotherapy.

In accordance with COVID-19 infection control and avoidance measures, we are implementing social distancing methods and strict sanitising within the clinic.

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