What is Physical Therapy?

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Physical Therapy is a hands-on, drug-free healthcare providing a client-centred approach in the field of musculoskeletal (muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints) health in Ireland. The underlying cause of pain and disfunction is investigated by the therapist, who then uses a range of skills to help eliminate pain and assist in return to function.

A therapist must be registered with the Irish Association of Physical Therapists, ensuring that he/she meets the education and professional standards set by the institute, which is the professional body for Physical Therapists in Ireland. Members can be recognised by the letters M.I.A.P.T. (Member of the Irish Association of Physical Therapists).

A Client-Centred Approach

A Physical Therapist works in collaboration with you, the client, to provide the best possible treatment for your needs. A detailed consultation and assessment is conducted to establish a tailor-made treatment and home-care plan to suit the individual. The client is involved at each step of the process ensuring maximum benefit to you during each session.

You will also be equipped with a home-care program designed to aid recovery and prevent re-occurrence of injury.

Injury Prevention

As well as the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, injury prevention is an essential focus in Physical Therapy. This incorporates the home-care program already mentioned as well as specific treatments designed to keep muscles and joints in good working order.

Who can benefit from Physical Therapy?

A Physical Therapist is trained in a wide range of manual therapeutic techniques making treatments suitable for people of any age or state of health.

People from all walks of life can benefit from Physical Therapy treatment from the sportsperson to the office worker to the parent working in the home. Some common conditions addressed by Physical Therapy include:

  • Sport Injuries
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Neck, shoulder and elbow conditions
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain
  • Foot and ankle conditions
  • Hip and knee conditions
  • Wrist and hand conditions
  • Postural strain
  • Spinal dysfunction
  • Pelvic dysfunction
  • Breathing pattern dysfunction
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • General muscular aches and pains
  • Joint stiffness

With the client, a treatment is designed and undertaken on an individual basis. The duration of a Physical Therapy treatment is spent exclusively with the individual

What to expect on your visit

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During your first visit, a thorough case history is taken and a detailed physical examination and assessment of the musculoskeletal system are carried out. In consultation with you, the client, a treatment plan is then devised specifically to meet your needs. Time is spent helping you to understand how the condition evolved/occurred and discussing how you should manage your condition to prevent recurrence.

Subsequent visits will include an evaluation of treatment progress and, where necessary, making alterations to the treatment plan. If necessary, you may be referred to your G.P. or for further examination.

Any examination finding, treatment plans and modifications are discussed with you at all times.

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