PHYSIOTHERAPY

We arrange our appointments into a one hour Initial Physiotherapy Assessment with 45 minute follow-up treatment sessions. Based on current evidence and our experience built up over many years, we believe these are the optimal appointment lengths to understand and improve your condition. 

In our Initial Physiotherapy Assessment we conduct an in-depth subjective assessment in addition to our objective testing. This means we start with a lot of talking.

We know that by taking the time to fully understand your situation and injury or pain, we can provide effective, individualised advice, education and treatment interventions in the most efficient way possible.

Injury following a fall or playing sport may result in muscle damage, fracture of a bone or damage to a ligament or tendon.  At Pilates Physiotherapy Cork we have specialist Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Physiotherapists to help.  If you have had a sports , muscle or bone injury, we are here to help.  We are experts in assessing, diagnosing and helping you to manage your injury immediately after it has happened.  We will advise you if an X-ray or scan are necessary.   Following your initial assessment, we will provide you with practical advice based on evidence based research to help you manage your injury.  We provide manual hands-on therapy to help you to move, help decrease pain in the affected area and help you to function normally again.  You will be given an easy to follow exercise program to aid in your recovery.

If you are experiencing pain, bruising, swelling or difficulty with movement following an injury, we are happy to help.

After an episode of back pain the way our body moves and how our spinal motion is controlled can be affected. This can sometimes lead to compensations or maladaptive changes occurring. These changes can then lead to further pain and dysfunction over time and this can account for why back pain often reoccurs. Whilst back pain is extremely common and in most cases the causes are not significantly serious; it can be quite a complex multi-faceted problem to manage.

Research into back pain is constantly developing and changing the way Chartered Physiotherapists approach and manage many pain conditions. Successful long-term relief from back pain depends on an accurate, in depth Physiotherapy assessment and diagnosis.

Our team of experienced Chartered Physiotherapists are passionate about helping people with back pain lead a more comfortable, confident and active life; one where they are reaching their own individual goals and ambitions.

Persistent or chronic pain often behaves quite differently to acute pain.  What we now understand from modern pain science is that this type of pain can be associated with a sensitised nervous system and that pain does not in fact correlate with damage.  Pain can lead us to develop protective patterns and ways of moving and breathing which can be unhelpful in the long term.  Unfortunately, persistent pain frequently leads to reduced activity and fitness, low mood, poor sleep patterns all of which further contribute to more pain so it can become a vicious cycle. 

 To break that cycle, we need to begin to understand pain better and look at what factors are influencing the pain.  This often incorporates retraining normal movement patterns, learning relaxation practices and  pacing. Its important to look at our attitudes around pain and injury and look at building confidence in our ability to return to the activities that we find meaningful.  We have expert Chartered Physiotherapists in the clinic who have many years experience with working with these conditions and who will help create an individual programme for you and give you the tools to help yourself in the process. 

Many women can experience issues such as incontinence, pelvic pain or prolapse at some stage in their lives and whilst these are all relatively common problems, there are still many women who learn to live with these issues rather than getting them treated.

The impact on quality of life can be dramatic once women’s health issues are dealt with appropriately and professionally. At Pilates Physiotherapy Cork we have a team of experienced Women’s Health Chartered Physiotherapists who are a qualified to deal with the above issues

Many women can experience pain during their pregnancy. Whilst this is quite common it is important to note that you don’t have to just put up with it, very often Physiotherapy can make a significant difference. Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapists are equipped to thoroughly assess, diagnose and treat pregnancy related pain, pelvic girdle pain, incontinence and other ante-natal pelvic health issues.

If you are suffering with any of the above during your pregnancy or even if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Given the changes your body goes through when you are pregnant and then the impact of the birth, it should be the norm that every post-natal woman gets throughly assessed and checked.

From assessing the pelvic floor, the abdomen, bladder and bowel function, through to posture, wellbeing, physical fitness and return to exercise postpartum, there is a lot that can and should be checked. Back pain, pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, incontinence, diastasis and other common postnatal issues can all be helped with the right assessment, advice, treatment and exercises. 

In our clinic we offer specialist post-natal Physiotherapy assessments and treatments to help women with their recovery on their postnatal journey.

Pelvic problems can affect both men and women alike and unfortunately, the prevalence of pelvic issues is far more common than we might expect. For example almost 50% of mothers who have a natural delivery go on to develop pelvic organ prolapse and many men experience chronic prostatitis or incontinence issues following prostate surgery. There are many other types of pelvic problems that exist, but regardless of the issues, a specialist Pelvic Health Physiotherapist is fully trained and experienced in assessing, managing and treating the variety of conditions that can occur.

If you are experiencing any issues at all or even if you have any questions in relation to pelvic health problems, contact our team of specially trained Pelvic Health Physiotherapists and we will be more than happy to help.

We are all familiar with sayings such as “if you don’t use it, you lose it!” or “motion is lotion” and in essence, there is a lot of truth in these expressions. At Pilates Physiotherapy Cork we are also used to hearing clients often attribute their aches and pains to “just old age” or “wear and tear” and we are regularly asked “what else could I expect at my age?”.

By educating and informing people about current research and tailoring lifestyle and exercise recommendations to individual requirements and goals, clients can be guided on what best they can do now to invest in their body and quality of life for the future. The truth is we can accomplish great things as we grow older and just because we age, we don’t have to just accept all aches and pains as a ‘normal’ part of the process.

Our specialist Chartered Physiotherapists are experienced at working with older clients who are keen to remain active, fit and conditioned and who are passionate about healthy ageing.

Osteopenia and Osteoporosis are conditions affecting the strength and density of our bones. One in three women and one in five men can be diagnosed with these conditions, but importantly there are multiple risk factors that contribute to their development. Specially trained and qualified Chartered Physiotherapists play a vital role in assessing and managing people with Osteopenia and Osteoporosis.

By understanding how our lifestyle choices can influence our bone health and consequently our long term quality of life, proactive steps can be taken to minimise or lessen our risks of developing these conditions. Specially trained Bone Health Chartered Physiotherapists can provide essential advice and education in this regard. Within our clinic we have individual and specific ‘Bone Health’ assessment and treatment sessions available, in addition to ‘Bone Health Exercise Classes’; all of which are run by our specialised Bone Health Chartered Physiotherapists.