Spinal pain is very common and research shows that 80% of us will suffer from it at some stage during our lives. Lower back pain is probably the most miserable of all conditions. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of the disorder is its unpredictability: one day you’ve relatively mild stiffness and no pain at all – the next day it strikes with a vengeance leaving you frozen, bent over and unable to move due to sharp pain and recurrent spasms.
Even the slightest movement leaves you frustrated and wondering what on earth you've done.
However, back pain doesn't necessarily restrict itself to the lower back - it can affect the neck, arms, mid back, legs, feet and toes...and it's not always just pain. We have had the benefit of rehabilitating thousands of patients with back pain and know that not only can we eradicate your pain; we can also ensure you enjoy the benefits of a healthy, pain-free life through our system of identifying and treating the root cause of your symptoms.
Sports injuries can be new and acute or nagging, chronic problems that just won’t go away and continually affect your performance. The key lies in getting to the root source of the problem and our chartered physiotherapists have the training and years of experience working with athletes (at all levels) necessary to deal with these issues. Injuries left to heal themselves can lead to long term residual problems due to, soft tissue adhesions and tightness, joint stiffness, muscle imbalance and a deficiency in the return of normal muscle strength. Our physiotherapists will provide you with:
An accurate diagnosis
Devise a bespoke programme of treatment and rehabilitation based on your injury, your goals and your sport.
Advice on preventing any further recurrences
A full screening programme if you are starting or returning to sport.
We work in tandem with many of the top orthopaedic specialists in the country and so, if needed, we can arrange a referral to the relevant physician or surgeon.
Remember, it is Chartered Physiotherapists that are employed by the FAI, IRFU, GAA and other elite sporting bodies.
The average person takes about 10,000 steps each day. When a foot imbalance or biomechanical abnormality is present, there can be abnormal forces on the feet, knees, hips, back and /or neck that lead to pain and poor function. Orthotics allow your feet, legs, hips, pelvis and lower back to function more efficiently to reduce strain and pain from many different structures. They restore natural walking and running patterns, and play an extremely important roll in the prevention and long-term solution of many problems in the feet, legs and hips.
At the Ratoath Clinic, we don’t just look at your feet - we perform a full and detailed examination and movement analysis of the whole lower limb to identify any problems that may be contributing to the presenting condition. Often this physical examination will identify a muscle or joint problem that is causing the discomfort and lead to simple corrective exercises being prescribed that, alone or in conjunction with an orthotic, resolves the problem and returns you to full function.
Tiny feet need very special care. We also specialise in the prescription of orthotics for children to correct foot deformities and to encourage a normal walking pattern.
Orthotics are particularly effective in relieving foot fatigue and discomfort experienced by older adults, who may have developed arthritis in their feet.
In athletic individuals, sports activities result in a great deal of movement and pressure on the foot. Slight imbalances in the foot that are not harmful or even detectable under usual circumstances may make one more vulnerable to injury with the extra stress of sports activity. By eliminating the need for one's muscles to compensate for small imbalances, orthotics can reduce fatigue and promote efficient muscle function to enhance performance. With enough functional correction, the foot structure can be aligned to give more propulsion, making walking, running and cycling more mechanically efficient.
The most expensive orthotic is not always the best. We also stock a wide variety of simple off the shelf orthotics. We prescribe custom orthotics formed from plaster casts of the feet and made in a lab to produce an orthotic unique to your foot. Your physiotherapist will advise you on what is the most appropriate option based on your examination, your footwear and your budget. We strive to prescribe orthotics that are both effective and comfortable.
Back Pain in Pregnancy
Back pain is a common symptom while pregnant, with as many as 50% of women reporting pain at some stage during pregnancy. Backache during pregnancy is more severe and disabling than at other times. About 10% of women may be prevented from working due to it and over a third report that it interferes with normal life. An understanding of the likely cause of the pain and proper advice on its management can go a long way to reducing the effects of backache.
We believe that backache during pregnancy is not something you have to endure until after the birth of your baby. Rory O’Neill specialises in this field and uses his approach of gentle manipulation and acupuncture to resolve conditions such as sacroiliac joint pain, symphasis pubis dysfunction, pelvic pain, sciatica and general back pain. We generally do not provide hands-on treatment during the first trimester but please feel free to call us for advice on how best to manage your condition.
Post partum, we also specialize in the rehabilitation of weak muscle groups in the tummy and buttock region to free you from pain and return you to your normal function and exercise in the shortest possible time frame. We will analyze your postural habits and advise on strategies to improve your posture and prevent pain while caring for your newborn.
Rehabilitation Post Fracture/Post Operation
Success of surgery depends a lot on what happens in the postoperative stages. It is important to maximise the surgery by doing exercises that help to stabilise, mobilise and protect the area. Your consultant may also recommend you have some sort of pre-operative intervention, if this is the case Ratoath Physiotherapy Clinic will be happy to design and carry it out.
Our physiotherapists will be able to guide you through all stages of rehabilitation. We can assist in monitoring your progress, setting your goals, and providing appropriate treatment to maximise your recovery potential. We can also inform you of how best to help your own recovery and what should be avoided. You will be provided with a specific rehabilitation program, so whether you are an accomplished athlete or you just want to do your everyday activities as normal, we aim to return you to your full levels of activity and/or sport as quickly as possible.
If you have been immobilised in a cast after a fracture, early effective treatment is essential to restore movement to the affected area and ensure you regain full function in the affected bones and/or joints.
Both children and parents alike can become very distressed when a child injures themselves or is in pain of any kind and it’s very easy to panic and fear the worst. We treat a wide variety of injuries in children from sports injuries to back and neck conditions, commonly resulting from poor posture. Early resolution of niggling injuries is essential to prevent a more chronic problem from developing that can persist through to adulthood.
We can also help both you and your child understand their body more so that they will know how to prevent a recurrence and hopefully avoid further injuries in the future. And, if injuries can’t be avoided due to the rough and tumble of childhood then at least you’ll know what to do and where to go in the future.
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is a treatment, which can relieve symptoms of some physical and psychological conditions and may encourage the patient's body to heal and repair itself, if it is able to do so. In recent decades Acupuncture has gained increasing popularity in the Western world due to the development of diagnostic equipment that enables researchers to 'visualise' its effects on the body.
- Increased production of natural anti-inflammatories & painkillers, including 'feel good' endorphins
- Stimulation of areas of the brain that regulate pain
- Stimulation of certain nerves that prevent 'pain' signals being transmitted to the brain
- Relaxation of tight muscles and associated trigger points (knots within taut bands of muscle and its surrounding tissue)
- Release of hormones that promote relaxation and stress reduction
However, acupuncture does much more than reduce pain, and has a beneficial effect on health. Patients often notice an improved sense of wellbeing after treatment. Modern research shows that acupuncture can affect most of the body's systems including the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.
We use acupuncture to provide relief from conditions such as:
Muscle and joint pain
Our practitioner will assess each patient’s case and treatment will be tailored to the individual’s needs. Typically, fine needles are inserted through the skin at defined points. The number of needles varies but may be as few as two or three.