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New Year Fitness, New Resolutions, New Pains?

New Year Fitness, New Resolutions, New Pains? It’s that time of year again when we all set new goals and begin our new year fitness journey to achieve them. It is also that time of year when little niggles rear their ugly head and impede us from achieving our goals. We all start the new year with a positive attitude and a desire to improve our fitness a little bit. Whether it is for overall fitness, weight management or mental health exercise; our goals normally include pushing our bodies that little step further. With programs like Operation Transformation to motivate us its great to improve our cardiovascular fitness. However we …

Five Reasons That People Don’t Go to the Gym or Exercise

Five Reasons That People Don’t Go to the Gym or Exercise Have you ever thought that you wanted to start attending the gym? Maybe you have something in your future that you want to look and feel great for? Or have you seen ‘gym people’ and thought you wanted the same results? Maybe you’ve seen a television programme and wondered if you could do that? Yet for some reason it has never happened. So we have listed reasons below that people have given for not exercising and see if you recognise any that apply to yourself. If you see your reasons for not exercising in the list perhaps it is time …

Six Guidelines to Meet your New Year Health Goals

Six Guidelines to Meet your New Year Health Goals To meet your new year health goals, here are six guidelines that we use in our clinics with every injury and can also be applied to a successful and healthy start to 2017. 1. Set SMART Goals Goals need to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and (have a) Timeframe. Be specific, use objectives. To drop a jean size in six weeks or similarly to be able to run for thirty minutes consecutively would be classed as a SMART goal. 2. One Step at a Time Long term results do not come overnight. Expecting massive changes over a short period of time is a …

Thinking of Starting Beginners Pilates in Dublin? What you need to know

Thinking of Starting Beginners Pilates in Dublin? What you need to know Starting a new activity or hobby can be daunting. Often it involves putting ourselves outside of our comfort zone which can be a bit intimidating. Exercise comes easy to some but to others it can be completely alien. Whether you have some or no experience in Pilates and whether you are active or sedentary, the aim of this blog is to help to give you an introduction to Beginners Pilates in Dublin based PhysioCare classes led by Chartered Physiotherapists. The key elements of Pilates are as follows: 1. Lateral Breathing Pilates aims to improve the effectiveness of your …

Pregnancy Pain and Physiotherapy Treatment

Pregnancy Pain and Physiotherapy Treatment It is well researched that most women at some stage during their pregnancy or after giving birth will experience some element of musculoskeletal type pain. These symptoms are often accepted as normal and not referred for any further intervention. More emphasis is now being placed on pre and post-natal care and women’s health and the options available to women. This blog hopes to highlight the importance of early intervention and common types of pain and symptoms experienced by women. It also hopes to highlight that physiotherapists can help to ease these symptoms and give good advice and treatment. Pregnancy pain and physiotherapy treatment are linked …

Male Pilates Classes – The Benefits

Male Pilates Classes – The Benefits Some of the benefits of Male Pilates Classes include: Improved muscle strength – Pilates helps develop strength in the pelvis, trunk and shoulder girdle. These are commonly referred to as your ‘core’ muscles. These are also common injury sites and, as a Chartered Physiotherapist, are routinely the areas which I find require the most attention for a strong, healthy and pain free body. Improved flexibility – short, tight muscles are often prone to injury. Pilates helps to develop long, lean muscles through proper movement and stretching. This allows for a greater range of motion in muscles and joints and reduces the risk of injury. Improved …

Christmas Opening Hours 2016

Physiotherapy Christmas Opening Hours 2016 The team at PhysioCare would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year. Here we have our Christmas opening hours for each of our clinics and a reminder that you can purchase PhysioCare gift vouchers to give as Christmas presents too for use against our services. Blanchardstown Open: December 23rd, 28th, 29th, 30th.   Closed: December 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 31st & January 2nd.   Reopens as normal: Tuesday 3rd January. Butterfield Open: December 23rd.   Closed: December 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st & January 2nd.   Reopens as normal: Tuesday 3rd January. Carrickmines Open: …

How Pilates is Beneficial for All

How Pilates is Beneficial for All Clinical and Physiotherapy led Pilates classes can be beneficial for everyone. They are accessible for all ages and all levels of fitness whether you have attended classes before or not. Men and women enjoy the benefits of Pilates from functional rehabilitation for specific injuries to specific muscle strengthening for elite sports. It is also suitable for pregnant women up to 20 weeks. Pilates has many benefits: – pain management – rehabilitation – prevention of further injury – general health and well being – targets back pain – muscles learn to relax and lengthen – suitable for pregnant women (up to 20 weeks) Pilates exercises focus …

Ankle Pain – Physiotherapy Can Help

Ankle Pain – Physiotherapy Can Help Introduction Common ankle injuries are caused by a sudden traumatic event where someone might ‘go over’ on their ankle, also known as an ankle sprain. This usually occurs on the outside (lateral side) of the ankle. Ankle sprains are less common on the inside (medial side) of the ankle as the ligaments on this side are stronger. However, medial ankle pain is very common and usually occurs gradually over time. This pain can often be identified as posterior tibialis tendon dysfunction (PTTD). PTTD refers to the loss of strength in the tibialis posterior tendon which can be sudden or progressive. This weakness leads to …

Staying Active is Crucial for the Older Generation

Why Staying Active is Crucial for Ireland’s Older Generation Age Friendly Ireland have recently stated that the number of people aged 65 or over in Ireland will double by 2040. They state this to highlight how crucial local and national health services are to cater to this older demographic. Speaker from Age Friendly Ireland Hugh O’Connor states “We need to be thinking and looking . . . where out health services are located . . . our villages, towns and cities are set up.” This reiterates what Physiotherapy Treatment and practice dictates that health services and information are key to supporting the needs of the older patient. At PhysioCare, we …