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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.
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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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I am having Surgery, do I need Physio?

A course of physiotherapy is usually beneficial before and, or, after a range of surgical procedures.1,2,3

Examples of orthopaedic procedures include total knee or hip replacements, a knee ACL reconstruction, a joint arthroscopy, a shoulder subacromial decompression as well as spinal procedures such as a lumbar discectomy and laminectomy. Physiotherapy may also be indicated following cardiac and pulmonary (lung) procedures as well as laparoscopies.

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Restrictions, Masks and Facial Expressions

As the year marches on, and we are still accompanied by COVID 19. Just when many of us felt we might have turned a corner, new restrictions are imposed here in Dublin which will impact on all our lives. However, rather than considering the new restrictions as a step backwards, we are hopeful they will be a step that moves us forward.

Here at the clinic, as an essential healthcare service, we will remain open and continue to look after our clients. We will continue to follow all the infection control and avoidance measures required to provide a safe but also welcoming environment. We are trying to limit 'COVID talk' and instead focus on you, providing support and reassurance where we can, while working to help you get better as quickly as possible.

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How can I get better quicker?

I am often asked this question. Most clients would prefer to have as few physiotherapy sessions as possible and be back in action quickly.

My response usually includes the following advice:

Attend your scheduled physiotherapy sessions. Regular treatment, especially at the outset, will allow the cumulative therapeutic effects to develop more rapidly. Education, manual therapy, electrotherapy, medical acupuncture & dry needling and therapeutic exercise all help ease pain and promote tissue healing and recovery.

Take on board and apply all the education and self-management advice. A good physiotherapist will provide you with loads of tips and strategies to ensure the right environment is created, both internally and externally, to facilitate healing recovery from injury. For example, posture is essential, as is movement, not just moving regularly but moving in the right way. Diet plays a role in recovery, as does rest and sleep. Getting into the right mindset, thinking correctly and managing your emotive response to pain can have a significant impact. The advice provided will depend on the individual; careful assessment is essential.

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Travel Tips, Feet & Receipts

As this strange year marches on, many of us benefit from some time to pause and reflect on what has happened, where we are and where we are going. To thrive we need to look after our physical and mental health like never before, making it a priority to ensure we are strong and resilient to whatever challenges may come our way. We are grateful to have helped so many of you recover your health after the lockdown period, however, there is still much work to be done.

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