In this video we look at early, mid and end stage of Hamstring Rehabilitation.read more
What is Dry Needling?
Myofascial trigger point dry needling is a technique used to release myofascial trigger points. It involves the insertion of sterile single use acupuncture needles into the muscle to target a trigger point. This causes a local twitch response, the muscle contracts and relaxes. This causes a chemical response which helps to inhibit the pain/inflammatory cycle.read more
This is a must read for all you avid cyclists!
Having previously talked about the importance of the gluteal (bum) muscles. Now I’m going to look at this from the aspect of cycling, during the initial phase of cycling (12-4 o’clock) the glutes were an important muscle group for generating power, and by improving one’s ability to deliberately activate these muscles and improve their strength/power, one could reduce quadriceps (thigh) fatigue and improve cycling power output and performance. Frustratingly having looked extensively over the past week for some body of QUALITY research that would back up these ideas, I have found it a fruitless task.read more
For many years, that question has been a stalwart presence in the national psyche. But more recently, there has been a paradigm shift towards developing the all too neglected
The main buttock muscles are the Gluteals; Gluteus Minimus,Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Maximus. These muscles are of vital importance to the biomechanics of a well-functioning
Laura Bhreathnach May 2017
I recently attended the Safe Rugby level 2 first aid course at the Aviva stadium. This updated my knowledge on the management of concussion, spinal injuries and general sports first aid. These skills will help me deliver a high standard of care at Peak physiotherapy. Something that kept coming up on this course was the poor understanding and management of concussion across the country. Therefore I thought it would be helpful to provide some information on the management and symptoms of concussion.read more
Tendinopathies are a common source of pain in athletes. However for coaches and patients it can be difficult to understand and acknowledge in training and competitions. They develop over the course of preseason where the intensity of the training is increased. Stereo-typically athletes experience an aching tendon or region at the start of a session, ease off once the tissue is warmed up and then a dull ache the next day for 24hours, slightly more than normally. If the ache in question is worse for greater than 48hours, the sporting activity is likely too much for the tissue at that time and a rehab plan should be started.read more
Eoin Naughton, Peak Physio’s clinical director was selected to work as a Physiotherapist at the recent 2016 Summer Olympics, held in Rio. Here is his story of working at the biggest sporting event in the World.read more
Tennis elbow – What a pain in the…..elbow!
More recently I have seen an increase in the number of patients coming through our door with pain on the outside of their elbow.
With increased demands at work ( keyboard, mouse or repetitive use of tools) , Sport ( repetitive sports like Tennis, Squash or Golf) and increased use of our mobile phones there can be an overuse repetitive strain on the extensor muscles of the forearm. The extensor muscles of the forearm are attached to the outside ‘lateral’ aspect of the elbow. Previously it has been called an inflammatory condition but with new recent evidence its actually more a tendinopathy and the inflammatory part is only present in the early stages. With tendinopathies there is different changes to the tissue and can mean different ways on how we manage the tendon compared to previous strategies.read more
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in people running. With resources like couch to 5Km applications and programs, making running more appealing and accessible than ever. However, this increase has come with a cost. Before starting on one of these programs, I would highly recommend a physio consultation with a structured rehab plan specific to you and your body. These programs are generic, meant for the general population.read more
Groin and hip pathologies have been recently grown popular in the media. It has been viewed as a complex area, sometimes referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of injuries. in sports medicine. With increased research in the area, this has lead to better diagnosis and treatment.
Groin injuries have been regular occurrence in games such as soccer, gaelic football and hurling for years. The stress placed on the muscles around the inner thigh once playing sports that involve a lot of cutting and changing of direction, can lead to strained muscles if there any weaknesses. The muscles in question need to flexible, strong and reactive to the demands of each sport. Groin injuries have hampered the careers of high profile athletes such as Jonny Wilkinson (rugby) and Michael Owen (soccer).read more