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How can my child avoid injury when returning to sport/training?

How can my child avoid injury when returning to sport/training after a break? If your child has returned to sports/training in recent weeks, please see some top tips on how they can avoid injury.. If your child has an old injury or is carrying an injury from last season, it

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Common Skiing Injuries – How Somerton Physio Can Help You?

Common Skiing Injuries – Physiotherapy in Dublin 15 It is that time of the year again when we dust off our skiing gear and head for the slopes. The popularity of skiing and snowboarding has grown significantly over the past decade despite concerns that these activities are high-risk and can

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Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

What is Lateral Epicondylitis/Tennis Elbow? Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) is a painful condition affecting the outside of the elbow. In most cases it is caused by an overuse or repetitive strain placed on the elbow. It varies from 1-3% in the general population to more than 50% in amateur tennis

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The Female Athlete Triad

The Female Athlete Triad

The Female Athlete Triad is a combination of three conditions that we sometimes see in  female athletes at our clinics in Blanchardstown, Castleknock and Tallaght. These are:  Disordered Eating Amenorrhea (loss of a girls period) Osteoporosis (weakening of the bones)     Low energy availability is typically the source of

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the gait cycle

The Gait cycle

The Gait cycle describes how humans walk and run, in other words, how we move. A complete gait cycle begins when one foot makes contact with the ground, and ends when that same foot makes contact with the ground again. One cycle is made up of two distinct phases Stance

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Running Injuries

What Can Cause Running Injuries?

We have now just passed that all-important 20-week mark where training will commence for the Dublin City Marathon in October. In this blog we will outline two major contributors to running injuries…….. We have all been there, when training is going well, the running feels smooth and then… bang! Out

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Physiotherapy

What Rheumatoid Arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease which causes pain and stiffness and swelling in joints. While RA is most commonly found in females rather than males, with a ratio of 3:1 and prevalent in 30-60 year olds, it can occur at any age.What causes it?RA

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What is Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis and Physiotherapy

  What is Osteoporosis  and why is it important? Osteoporosis (OP) is defined as low bone mineral density caused by altered bone microstructure which can predispose sufferers to “low impact” fractures. Such fractures (such as hip fractures in the elderly) can have a significant impact on a person’s level of

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What are the health benefits of Yoga?

What are the health benefits of Yoga and how to get started? Yoga originated in South Asia and while it is now a popular form of exercise the world over, this wasn’t always the case. It is a very old form of exercise that focuses on breathing, strength and flexibility

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Frozen shoulder - Physiotherapy Dublin

What Does Frozen Shoulder Feel Like?

Frozen Shoulder Frozen shoulder also known as adhesive capsulitis is a painful condition in which shoulder movements can become very restricted. It can affect one shoulder or both simultaneously. It commonly occurs spontaneously but can also occur following shoulder injury such as rotator cuff injury or after periods of immobilisation.

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Exercising at Home for Over 65’s

These are some exercises which we use in our clinic to help improve the strength, balance and mobility in people who are currently less active or over 65 years of age. The exercises require no special equipment and are safe for most people to do at home.  Please see video

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RSI - Physiotherapy Dublin

What Is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)?

According to the HSE “Repetitive strain injury (RSI), also called work-related upper limb disorder (WRULD), is a general term used to describe the pain caused to muscles, nerves and tendons by repetitive movement and overuse. The condition mostly affects parts of the upper body, such as the forearm, elbow, wrist,

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plantar fascitis - Physiotherapy Dublin

Could I have Plantar Fascitis/Fasciosis?

    Could I have Plantar Fasciitis/Fasciosis? Plantar fasciitis, also referred to as plantar fasciosis due to its non-inflammatory nature, is a painful condition involving the connective tissue or fascia at the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia blends with the paratendon or sheath of the Achilles tendon, the

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Running Injury

Have You Taken Up Running Recently? In this article I will discuss some injury risk factors and hopefully outline the most important ones in terms of preventing running injuries.  I have also included a video below with recommended exercises. Running injuries are classified into intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Risk factors

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Is It Possible To Keep Fit Without The Gym?

Yes… It Is Possible To Keep Fit Without The Gym Whether you normally work from home or have been forced to, due to COVD-19 – you may now feel that you are moving less than usual. Your step counts may be down and the time you spend at the computer,

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Physiotherapy & Osteoarthritis

  What is Osteoarthritis? Arthritis refers to changes to the structure of a joint often associated with pain, stiffness, and swelling of the joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common form and it occurs in the hips, knees, shoulders, and spine. While an X-ray is used in diagnosing osteoarthritis (OA), the

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Ergonomics and Posture

  Are you working from home during the current COVID-19 situation?  You might be concerned about your desk set up or be interested in preventing issues such as neck and back pain. This article will briefly cover the topic of ergonomics and provide some general information relating to posture (facts

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Golfers elbow-Somerton Physiotherapy Dublin

Do I Have Golfer’s Elbow?

In the following article, James Sherry MISCP from Somerton Physiotherapy Clinic in Dublin 15 summarises Golfer’s Elbow. What is Golfer’s elbow? Golfer’s elbow is pain that is located on the inside of your elbow.  The medical name for Golfer’s elbow is medial epicondylitis. The medial epicondyle is the bony prominence

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Sever’s Disease-Somerton Physiotherapy

What is Sever’s Disease?

What is Sever’s Disease? Sever’s disease (also known as calcaneal apophysitis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain in growing children and adolescents. It is an inflammation of the growth plate in the calcaneus (heel).  Sever’s disease is caused by repetitive stress to the heel, and most

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Physiotherapy for Knee Pain

Anterior knee pain is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide range of related but significantly different conditions resulting in pain at the front of the knee. 25% of the population will be affected at some time and it is the most common overuse syndrome affecting sports people. Sometimes pain

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