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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are graduate-level specialists who not only treat injuries, but also provide advice and exercise programs to reduce pain and enable you to achieve your highest level of physical functioning (at any stage in life).


A physiotherapist will do an assessment to evaluate the condition, identify the source of the problem and provide a clinical diagnosis. Once this has been established the physiotherapist can develop an appropriate treatment program that may involve some form of manual therapy and exercise, as well as electrotherapy if necessary. A home exercise program will be given as well as education on the diagnosis given and on body mechanics and posture in order to prevent recurrence of the original injury.
The aim of physiotherapy is to:

  1. Alleviate pain
  2. Restore and improve range of movement in joints
  3. Prevention of Sports injuries
  4. Improve co-ordination, posture and core stability
  5. Educate patients in the use of walking aids.

We do this using a variety of techniques such as mobilisation/manipulation, prescriptive exercises, electrotherapy, massage, advice, rehabilitation exercises.
Unique to Dundonald Physiotherapy:

Extra-Corporeal Shockwave Therapy

Dundonald Physiotherapy is one of only four clinics in all of Ireland currently offering this relatively new form of treatment. Extra-corporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive procedure in which strong sound waves are directed at the site of pain. It has been shown to be extremely effective in the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and frozen shoulders to name but a few. Clinical research has proven that patients with these long-term problems improve more quickly following ESWT treatment. Therefore treatment duration is reduced and costs are less.

Biodex System 3

The BIODEX SYSTEM 3 is one of the best and fastest ways to identify, treat and record musculoskeletal impairments. Simply it is a very sophisticated computerized weight training system where resistance continuously matches effort and is therefore a safer and less painful way to rehabilitate a patient. The Biodex 3 has different modes which provide varying types of muscle contraction and joint movement. It also can be used on all major joints in the body. The Biodex System 3 ultimately provides the patient with feedback on the progress of their treatment and/or rehabilitation.

Sarah Key Method of Spinal Care

Sarah Key is an Australian physiotherapist with an international reputation for treating problem backs. The majority of our physiotherapists are qualified in the Sarah Key method of spinal treatment. This is a relatively new and very exciting method of treating spines (both lower and upper back pain).
Sarah Key proposes that ‘simple back pain’ develops when an intervertebral disc loses water content and stiffens. This can be painful in itself and it also restricts movement of that spinal segment. Then one of two things can happen for the problem to get worse:

  1. More serious pathology of the front compartment of the segment causing further breakdown of the disc.
  2. Pathology of the back compartment as load and strain translates across to the facet joints at the same segmental level.

Sarah Key’s unique method of mobilising a stiff spinal segment is followed by specific spinal decompression exercises to introduce pressure changes through spinal segments and make immediate use of segmental freedom gained with the treatment. These procedures improve disc nutrition by enhancing the natural tidal flow in and out of the disc. These exercises will also strengthen the muscles that control the individual spinal segments. This method uses the heel of the foot to mobilise, results in segments being mobilised much more effectively; less effort for the therapist and much less painful for the patient. Mobilising with the heel of the foot provides a kinder instrument to transmit greater forces, when compared to the hard tips of prodding thumbs
We are able to treat a variety of conditions:

  1. Joint pain
  2. Back and neck pain eg. Sciatica, protruding/prolapsed discs
  3. Frozen shoulder
  4. Knee injuries (including ligament and cartilage damage)
  5. Sports injuries (torn muscle, ligament, tendon damage)
  6. Muscle and ligament tears/strains
  7. Whiplash/ Neck strain
  8. Fractures/ trauma
  9. Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  10. Postural problems such as mechanical low back and neck pain
  11. Ergonomic advice
  12. Pre and post operative rehabilitation (joint replacements, arthroscopy, A.C.L. reconstruction, scar tissue treatment)
  13. Headaches
  14. Repetitive Strain injuries (R.S.I.)
  15. Personal injuries from accidents eg. Falls, driving, work.

Commencing treatment early can mean a quicker recovery with less time away from work of sport.
If you are unsure whether physiotherapy is going to be of benefit to you please ring or e-mail us for advice.

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