Monthly Archives: November 2016


Milltown Physio at International Pilates Conference

Our chartered physiotherapist and leader of our ante/post natal Pilates classes, Stephanie Crossland attended the prestigious APPI Pilates Conference in the UK last weekend.

At the conference Stephanie completed a workshop and met with Alan Herdman who is recognised as bringing Pilates to the UK in 1970, after he served an apprenticeship with 2 instructors who had trained with Joseph Pilates himself!
Some of the highlights included an antenatal based exercise class with Cherry Baker, gaining more knowledge and insight into using Pilates exercises safely with pregnant women. She loves to share the new information and research within the clinic.

Interestingly she also attended a post natal session with emphasis on return to sport with Biljana Kennaway (APPI Master). While there she got some great information on cutting edge research for use with her mother and baby Pilates class.

Stephanie has a huge knowledge base in Pilates and has conducted research on the use of Pilates-based exercise in ante and post-natal women with pelvic girdle pain gaining an Masters in the process! Stephanie has a special interest in the treatment of Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy. Additionally, she is an instructor in Pilates for this client population.


Renowned specialist reveals alarming rate of hip injuries among top GAA players

Leading orthopaedic hip surgeon Patrick Carton said that the average age for surgery has dropped from 31 to 26 years of age in recent times, and he’s putting that down to the intensity of training that causes progressive damage to the hip joint. It comes back to picking up this diagnosis at an early stage. Sometimes players don’t know they have a problem.
Carton explained how it’s not uncommon for players to arrive to his surgery seeking hip repair work, but that the damage is too great and hip replacement is the only option.

In those cases, players are forced to retire from contact sport and Carton says that he’s operating every week “on ex footballers or hurlers in their 30s and 40s.”


Urinary incontinence: why aren’t women talking about it?

“With one in three women affected after childbirth, it’s surprising to find that female incontinence is rarely spoken about”

A great piece in Monday’s Irish Times documenting patient experiences and also offering some advice from our Specialist Women’s Health physiotherapist and practice partner Maeve Whelan.