Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy

What is Physiotherapy? Shoulder Pain
Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with the assessment, maintenance, and restoration of the physical function and performance of the body. It is a distinct form of care which can be performed both in isolation or in conjunction with other types of medical management eg post surgery or while on medication. We aim to provide our patients with a speedy and complication-free return to normal activity.

At Fiona McDevitt Physiotherapy, Cork we offer our clients, firstly a thorough assessment to find the root cause of the movement dysfunction. We offer evidence-informed, hands-on treatment and support for the whole body.
With over twenty years’ experience treating a wide variety of injuries and conditions including sports injuries, spinal and disc disorders and orthotic prescriptions, Fiona McDevitt Physiotherapy provides our clients with the highest standards of clinical experience, care and professionalism. We also have a strong commitment to ongoing professional development, ensuring that you the client will benefit from the most up-to-date information and treatment.
As Chartered Physiotherapists, our principal aim is to help you recover quickly and safely and to prevent recurrence or re-injury with lasting effect. 

Conditions Treated

• Ankle Injuries • Occupational overuse
• Arthritic Conditions • Osteoporosis
• Back Pain/Injuries • Plantar Fasciitis
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome • Postural problems
• Chronic Pain • Post-operative
• Disc Herniation • Repetitive strain injuries
• Foot pain/injury • Rotator cuff syndrome
• Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis • Running Injuries and Achilles Tendonitis
• Golfers/Tennis elbow (Tendonitis) • Sciatica
• Hand Injuries • Shin splints
• Headaches/Migraines • Shoulder Pain
• Hip Pain • Sports and soft tissue injuries
• Iliotibial band syndrome (ITB) • Tendonitis
• Knee Pain • Tennis elbow
• Joint pains and strains • TMJ / Jaw Pain
• Leg Injuries • Whiplash
• Neck Pain • Workplace injuries
• Neurological disorder • Wrist Injuries


Neck and Back Injuriesphysio knee strappingIf you suffer from a neck or back injury as a result of any of the following:

• Whiplash
• Disc problems
• Postural back/neck pain
• Bending
• Lifting
• Stress
• Headaches
Our physiotherapists will provide a full assessment and appropriate treatment.

Spinal conditions
Spinal conditions in particular need to be treated promptly if long term disability and prolonged treatment are to be prevented.

Postural low back pain can be the start of more significant back problems such as disc problems. Long hours at a computer with poor sitting posture can contribute to lower back pain. See a physiotherapist for ergonomic advice.

 

POSTURE MATTERS PHYSIO STRETCH OF THE MONTH FOR SWRC NEWLSETTER

February 2018

Swiss Ball Squats:

1. Begin this Swiss Ball exercise in standing with your feet shoulder width apart, your feet facing forwards and a Swiss Ball positioned between a wall and your lower back as demonstrated (figure 1). 

2. Check your lower back/and hips do not slide round under ball, the line from ear to shoulder to hip should be straight and perpendicular to the ground.

3. Slowly perform a squat, keeping your back straight. Your knees should be in line with your middle toes and should not move forward past your toes.
Perform 2 - 4 sets of 10 repetitions provided the exercise is pain free.

 Swiss Ball Squats

Figure 1 – Swiss Ball Squats


January 2018

Single Leg Squat: StretchJan18
1. Stand on 1 leg , check pelvis is level
2. Make sure your Gluteus Medius muscle is engaged, the muscle just behind your hip bone on the outside of your leg, level with your hip crease/groin, (engage it by gently rolling the kneecap so it is looking outwards or gently lift the arch of your foot slightly)
3. Slowly bend the knee until your knee is just past your toes making sure the Glut Med muscle stays on and that the middle of the kneecap stays in line with the middle toes
4. Repeat slowly x 20 for each leg, aiming to be able to do 50 continuously without losing your balance or letting the knee fall in, or holding on to the wall.Repeat slowly x 20 for each leg, aiming to be able to do 50 continuously without losing your balance or letting the knee fall in, or holding on to the wall.

StretchOcy17 1*This muscle is very important to stabilise your leg when you are moving the other during the running or kicking gait pattern. If this is not working or not strong enough then there is an increased risk of the knee falling inwards and the ACL, Medical Collateral ligament (MCL) or cartilage being injured. This muscle is very important to stabilise your leg when you are moving the other during the running or kicking gait pattern. If this is not working or not strong enough then there is an increased risk of the knee falling inwards and the ACL, Medical Collateral ligament (MCL) or cartilage being injured. (Note position of knee far right of this picture is NOT where you want it)


February 2017

febPiriformis Stretch
1. Start on all fours, knees under hips and hands under shoulders
2. Straighten out one leg behind you
3. With other leg, rotate it so heel is under opposite hip area
4. Slide straight leg slowly back until feel stretch on opposite buttock/side of leg and aiming to get front of hip over heel
5. Hold for 30 secs, repeat each side

Note the optimal alignment of straight line from ear to shoulder to hip with good core stability. This stabilises the body in this position protecting the back, shoulders and neck.

Never stretch into pain, just as far as a mild comfortable stretch.

Any questions please just ask Fiona on 087 222 6878


January 2017Jan

Hip Stretch 
1. Kneel on floor with one knee, all hips and knees should be close to right angles

2. Can do in standing by starting in lunge position, just dropping back knee, keeping it in line with hip and shoulder and continue as below
3. Keep back straight with tailbone tucked under as is comfortable
4. Engage core (pull belly button towards spine).
5. Squeeze buttocks together and feel stretch on hip of leg with knee on floor
6  Hold for 30 seconds , repeat 2-3 times each side once per day

This prevents over-stretching and too much laxity or looseness of the hip capsule and ligaments.
It also prevents over bending of the back which compresses the joints and nerves and can cause pain.

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