SERVICES WE OFFER

at Galway Sports Medicine Centre

Exercise rehabilitation

Based on assessment findings, each client is prescribed a tailored exercise programme aimed at correcting any faults or weaknesses that are contributing to pain. Each programme is designed such that it is specific to the client’s needs and progressive in nature so that all goals are met. Our on-site gym facility allows for close supervision by the therapist and optimizes exercise progression.

Joint mobilization/manipulation

Any underlying joint restrictions are treated with a combination of different mobilization techniques aimed at restoring normal ranges of movement. We use Maitland, Mulligan and other manipulations to treat restrictons in joint mobility from head to toe.

Soft tissue release/Massage

We use different soft tissue mobilization techniques depending on the needs of client, ranging from gentle effleurage massage to deep tissue techniques aimed at mobilising tighter structures that may be more difficult to access. We also use a range of soft tissue release techniques such as Active Release Therapy (ART) that is effective in addressing changes in muscle balance that may be causing dysfunction and pain.

Acupuncture/dry needling

Dry needling is a procedure where a solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and fascia directly over a myofascial trigger point. This term refers to a localized area of hyperirritability or “taut band” found in skeletal muscle that is painful on compression and may give rise to pain, tenderness and other autonomic symptoms when provoked. Dry needling is an effective and powerful means of treating a variety of pain syndromes and is widely practiced in our clinic.

Taping/Strapping

We use a variety of different taping products that can help our clients participate in sport. Taping is used for many different uses as follows:

Joint stability

Postural retraining

Restoration of muscle balance (Kinesiotaping/Dynamic taping)

Compression therapy

For any acute soft tissue injury, early diagnosis and management is crucial to ensuring favourable outcomes. The general rule for dealing with any acute soft tissue trauma is to use the POLICE rules, i.e.

 Protection

 Optimal Loading

 Ice

 Compression

 Elevation

At our clinic, we use the Pulse Pro Compression system that is effective in helping to control swelling that may develop from soft tissue bleeding in the early stages post-injury. This system allows the administration of ice with intermittent pulsed compression to the injured part, thereby helping control swelling levels.

Occupational health/ergonomic assessment

We offer advice on workstation layout to both individual and corporate organizations. For those suffering pain, we can identify possible risk factors in their set-up and provide treatment options to address any aches or pain that may be developing as a result. We also provide group lectures relating to posture re-education and back care in the workplace. We are happy to offer corporate rates to any of the local organizations whose employees wish to attend the clinic for treatment.

Group Injury Prevention classes

One of our major interests lies in the area of injury risk reduction, particularly in the younger athlete. Unfortunately, we are living in an era where groin pain, hip pathology and hamstring problems are reaching epidemic levels of occurrence in our athletes across a variety of sports.

A significant contributing factor to these issues is poor training techniques, particularly in the gym where imbalanced and poorly executed weight training can lead to overload of certain structures, resulting in longstanding pain and dysfunction that can very difficult to fix. We provide group screening services where athlete faults may be identified early and corrective exercises provided to ensure optimal movement patterns where an athlete can reach his or her potential while maintaining a low injury risk profile.

Match/training session provision

We work with athletes of all levels, from the weekend warrior to professional levels of participation.

We can provide cover for squad sessions and matches depending on your needs. Special discounted club rates are also available for those wishing to avail of the clinic’s services.

Questions we are often asked

How many sessions will I need?

This very much depends on your presenting condition. However, our aim is to ensure an early, accurate diagnosis and to open up a clear pathway of care that will lead to early resolution of your problem.

Do I need GP referral?

No, doctor’s referral is not necessary. However, if you have been to see your GP/consultant, any relevant documentation should be brought to your physiotherapy appointment.

How long does a treatment session take?

Initial assessment and treatment usually takes 45 minutes.

Follow-up treatment last 30-40mins, depending on case.

How soon can I get an appointment?

Appointments can be provided within 48 hours of making contact with us.

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I have Private Medical Insurance, am I covered with you?

Of course. Our services are recognised by all major healthcare insurers and physiotherapy costs may be recouped as per your individual plan. Check your policy for further details.

For more information on the conditions we treat and services we offer, or to book an appointment please call 087-3366666 or email us at info@actionphysiotuam.ie

What if I need to see a specialist/consultant?

As part of our treatment, we can organise rapid access to wide array of consultant and radiological services if required. X-rays and MRI scans can usually be arranged within 7 working days while we have a large network of orthopaedic surgeons, sports physicians and musculoskeletal radiologists whom we work closely with.

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