Manual therapy is any ‘hands on’ treatment performed by a physiotherapist, such as joint mobilisations, manipulations and specific soft tissue techniques....
Since completing my Stott Pilates training back in May, I have been comparing notes with other instructors, reading journal articles & blogs and listening to podcasts by expert instructors to help me develop and refine my teaching skills.
As a Chartered Physiotherapist I have been very lucky in that I’ve had the opportunity to teach here at MMCP since completing my training, which allowed me to really get stuck in straight away. Here at the clinic we teach a slightly modified form of Pilates which is more tailored to specific needs of our clients, many of whom are using our PhysioPilates method to help them manage and prevent aches and pains.
Hip and groin complaints make up a large percentage of clients I treat here in the clinic. Due to the vast number of anatomical structures at the hip and groin, there are a wide range of possible diagnoses.
To help guide my clinical reasoning when coming to make a diagnosis and finding the source of pain or dysfunction, I try to break hip diagnoses down into 3 different, but sometimes overlapping categories:
Articular (happening within the joint): This includes conditions such as osteoarthritis, hip impingement (femoroacetabular impingement, or FAI for short) and labral issues.
Patellofemoral Joint Pain (PFJP) is a common complaint in adolescents. The pain tends to be focused at the front of the knee and is often associated with a loss of mobility, strength and function. This may impact on the ability to take part in sports, and if severe may limit walking, climbing stairs and sitting.
My approach to the assessment and treatment of this condition includes the following:
In this age of multimedia I find podcasts a very accessible way to keep up with current thinking and evidence in modern physiotherapy practice.
The podcast focused on the problem of persistent pain and how to better manage it within what’s known as a biopsychosocial approach. The biopsychosocial approach sits well alongside hands on manual therapy, medical acupuncture including dry needling as well as prescription therapeutic exercise when required.
We are welcoming Katie Farrell who joins the clinic as a full time associate physiotherapist as of today. In March and April Katie completed further training in medical acupuncture.
In this blog, Katie gives us an overview of what she learnt and and how these skills will benefit her clients.
Over to Katie...
Over the past two months, I spent two full weekends completing the British Medical Acupuncture Society’s Foundation Course here in Dublin. The course content was extremely useful and very interesting, and was taught by Dr Mike Cummings and Simon Coghlan, Practice Principal here at Mount Merrion Physiotherapy.
We discussed many topics around medical acupuncture, including safety, neurophysiological mechanisms, clinical aspects and how we can apply it into our own practice as healthcare professionals.
The course had both theoretical and practical elements, with lots of time for interactive discussions and questions throughout. There were 10 of us taking the course. This small number allowed for great learning opportunities, and time for one to one guidance and help when needed.
What is dyspraxia?
Dyspraxia is a “loose” diagnosis that combines a co-ordination of movement type disorder with attention, anxiety and memory problems. Developmental coordination disorder (DCD), is the formally recognised diagnosis, a developmental condition in which a person’s gross and fine motor skills are affected. Often the terms are used interchangeably.
So dyspraxia a.k.a DCD results in difficulties with the organisation, planning and execution of physical movements required to carry out daily activities.
In today’s world of constant technological growth and progress, it is important that we as chartered physiotherapists ensure our clinic is up to date with the software and systems we use, to allow our practice to grow and evolve in the modern era. Here at Mount Merrion Chartered Physiotherapy, we use an online practice management system called TM3 which leads to great benefits throughout our patient care and in the overall running of our practice.