we aim to resolve the root cause of the problem,
and not to just focus on the symptoms.
Client safety and well being has always been important to us. In light of Covid-19 we have brought in new changes to our face-to-face Physical Therapy appointments to ensure therapist and client safety. These are outlined below. We are also offering online consultations for those who prefer to stay at home.
Face-to-face appointments will be available for clients where an online consultation may not be suitable for example:
- Injuries that cannot be improved with pain killers, stretching or other pain relief methods and where the client is in a lot of discomfort
- or assessing injuries where additional tests are required to accurately diagnose the injury which must be performed by the physical therapist and cannot be performed over video consultation
Do not attend for an appointment if:
- you have a cold, fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or loss of sense of smell or taste.
- have tested positive for Covid-19 and are currently self isolating
- if you are awaiting a test for Covid-19
- if you have been advised to self isolate
Appointments will structured to minimise contact between the client and therapist as recommended by the HSE. PPE will be worn by the therapist and we will provide you with a face mask and gloves to reduce the potential risk of transmission of Covid-19. More information on risk of transmission on the HPSC website.
How the appointment will work:
- Contact the clinic to book an appointment.
- Prior to the appointment the Physical Therapist will assess you via video call to help diagnose the injury and to determine a safe treatment protocol. The treatment that will performed is discussed and agreed
- When you arrive for your appointment please wait in the car until you are phoned by the physical therapist
- The therapist will meet you at the door. Hand sanitiser will be available to clean hands. Gloves and face mask (if you don’t have your own) will be provided.
- Where possible a greater than 2m distance will be maintained between the therapist and the client for assessment and rehab parts of the appointment.
- Where treatment or hands on assessment is given, it will be done so in a manner to reduce risk of transmission. Close contact will be limited to 15 mins in total of the appointment
Precautions taken to protect you and us:
- Please wear a face mask when attending for an appointment.
- Hand sanitizer will be available to clean your hands and gloves will be provided.
- Your therapist will wear a face mask, eye coverings and gloves and will follow good hand hygiene
- The clinic (plinth, chair, door handles etc) will be sanitized carefully before an after every client and the room well ventilated.
- Except for treatment or where hands-on assessment is required, the therapist will aim to maintain a 2m distance during the appointment.
Our Physical Therapy Treatment Approach
Sport or Activity Specific Assessments
For example, calf, shin and knee pain is often due to muscle imbalances around the hip and pelvis which can lead to biomechanical changes in the way you walk, run or cycle. Over time this can lead to pain at the knee. For long term resolution, physical therapy treatment and sports pain rehabilitation needs to address these issues.
When assessing neck pain we also look at shoulder movement, movement of the thoracic spine (upper back), general body posture, and also which muscles you use in breathing. Muscles that support the neck region can come from the upper back, and some also help with breathing. If there are reductions in flexibility or tightness in these regions it can contribute to neck pain.
Hands On Treatment
Hands on treatment is a large part of what we do as Physical Therapists. Whether is it a deep massage, trigger point release, joint mobilisations, or various stretching techniques, we aim to put our hands on the problem and use this approach to reduce your pain and stiffness. With a reduction in pain and stiffness through hands on work, there is often a good change in symptoms and this allows you to get most of the sports pain rehabilitation exercises we prescribe for longer term relief.
Dry Needling is part of our physical therapy treatments. It is the use of fine acupuncture needles to treat areas of dysfunction in the body. It is called ‘dry’ needling as it developed from an older practice of injecting trigger points. Trigger points are knots of tight tissue that are tender to touch which cause pain and dysfunction in the body. Today the injection (wet) is not used and instead fine needles (dry) are inserted into the painful area.
The needles affect the chemical mix of the trigger point causing them release and ease out. It is very useful for treating back pain and neck pain, sports injuries, and assisting with chronic pain syndromes. Many clients find that this is a very effective treatment for releasing tightness in tender or acute areas that can be too tender for hands on treatment.
In the clinic our Physical Therapy appointments combine dry needling with manual hands on treatment, laser therapy, and rehabilitation where appropriate. However if you don’t like needles we won’t use them on you.
The Irish Times did an article on acupuncture and dry needling in their health section July 2011. They got some great feedback on the treatment from athletes like David Gillick. If you have any specific questions on dry needling please do not hesitate to contacts us.
Your tailored exercise plan is emailed to you after the appointment, we do not hand out generic exercise programmes.
I attended Karen weekly in the run up to my last marathon and Karen was very effective in ensuring my body was able to recover quickly from my long runs. I have no hesitation recommending the Maple Clinic – Matt
“I just wanted to let you know that I completed my ‘big’ cycle, Le Marmotte last week-end…without any aches or pains and I actually enjoyed the (long!) day. Thank you; it made a big difference.” – Deirdre