Opening Hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm
Tuesday - 9am - 8pm
Wednesday - 9am - 8pm
Thursday - 9am - 8pm
Friday - 9am - 7pm

Sunday / Bank Holidays: Closed

Appointments:

Appointment duration is 30mins.

Fees

Standard Treatment €50
Club Discount Rate: €40
Home Visit: €60
Rehab session: €20
Casted Orthotics: €230
Carbonflex Orthotics: €120
Stock Orthotics €20-60
Pilates €80 for six one hour sessions of no more than 10 per class

A club discount rate applies to players from clubs who are registered with the clinic.
To register your club/team please contact the clinic
Only Chartered Physiotherapists are approved by healthcare insurers in Ireland.
You may be entitled to claim from your insurer for Physiotherapy expenses.

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Acupuncture/ Dry Needling

Acupuncture or Dry Needling is a very effective form of treatment for Musculoskeletal Pain.

needling3Acupuncture forms part of traditional Chinese medicine and is one of the many skills employed within physiotherapy as part of an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation. Physiotherapists base their treatments on scientific research and clinical evidence that Acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being), to name but a few. These chemicals assist the body's healing processes and offer pain relief as a precursor to other treatments such as manual therapy or exercise in order to aid recovery.

Conventional acupuncture is based on a holistic concept of treatment which regards ill health as a manifestation of imbalance in the body’s energy. Re-establishing a correct balance is the aim of acupuncture. Energy is referred to as Qi, (pronounced chee) is described in terms of Yin and Yang energy. They are complementary opposites and in health exist in a balanced state in the body. Stimulation of acupuncture points on the body can help to restore the balance between Yin and Yang that becomes disturbed in illness.

Conventional acupuncture involves the use of single-use, pre-sterilised disposable needles of varying widths, lengths and materials that pierce the skin at the acupuncture points. The physiotherapist will determine the locations of these points on the basis of an assessment of the cause of the imbalance. A number of needles may be used during each treatment, and these are typically left in position for between 20-30 minutes before being removed.

The use of acupuncture needling for the treatment of pain is supported by an ever-growing body of scientific evidence. In recent years large studies have begun to emerge which have helped to support the benefits of acupuncture treatment. For example it is accepted that acupuncture can help tension-type headaches and pain of osteoarthritis, especially when it is used in conjunction with other treatments such as exercise rehabilitation and hands on techniques.

Dry Needling aims to reduce muscle pain and dysfunction by releasing tight areas in the muscle, known as myofascial trigger points. Myofascial trigger points are tender points within tense bands of muscle. Normal muscle does not contain these tense bands. Once activated, these trigger points may cause muscle weakness, restricted range of motion, as well as local or referred pain. Hypersensitive trigger points can develop following trauma, longer-term unresolved pain, overload in a muscle, overuse due to poor postures or repetitive active loading, or when the body is in a stressed and tense state.

This treatment approach is based on Western anatomical and contemporary physiological principles. It involves identification and palpation of active trigger points and stimulation of these points with a fine acupuncture needle. This is then followed by myofascial release and stretching to maximize flexibility. The benefits of Dry Needling and Trigger Point release can often be dramatic and immediate. There is now a large evidence base for this type of technique in treating Myofascial and Musculoskeletal pain. It has been recommended in EU Guidelines, NICE Guidelines for treatment of persistent nonspecific lower back pain among other things.

needling2Dry Needling can be used to treat the following conditions where muscles are thought to be the source of pain or a contributing factor;

·         Neck and back pain
·         Jaw pain
·         Shoulder pain
·         Tennis elbow
·         Golfer's elbow
·         Buttock and leg pain
·         Sciatica
·         Hamstring strains
·         Knee pain
·         Chronic Calf tightness and night time cramping

·         Foot and heel pain

What is the difference between Acupuncture and Dry Needling?

Dry Needling differs from Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture in the points used and the proposed mechanism of action. TCM Acupuncturists use acupuncture to normalize the flow of energy or ‘Qi’ in the body and they use a separate diagnostic system. Dry Needling uses a traditional Western diagnosis and with the aim of changing the tone of the affected muscle, thereby improving movement and reducing pain. Chartered Physiotherapists utilise both forms as a means of reducing pain and promoting healing, always with the aim of enhancing other forms of treatment such as exercise and rehabilitation techniques to promote recovery and improve quality of life.

If you are not a fan of needles, don't worry! There are many other techniques that we can use to help promote recovery and restore painfree function. 

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