All posts by Maeve Whelan

Ankle Sprain

Did you know that 1 in 3 ankle sprains are actually re-sprains. Within the first year your risk of re-spraining your ankle is twice as high!

A physiotherapist can help with balance exercises which have been shown to reduce the risk of re-spraining your ankle by as much as 40%.

A lovely infographic here by Kasper Janssen published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.


BJSM Ankle

Exercise isn’t harmful for people with knee osteoarthritis

“Advice to rest and avoid pain is commonly provided to people with knee and other joint pains. This advice is often wrong, and harmful. Inactivity and rest makes pain and osteoarthritis worse, not better in the longer term. Our joints need movement and exercise to stimulate repair and keep them strong. There is undisputable evidence that staying active and regular participation in exercise is safe and will help improve pain, and a person’s quality of life”

Some great work here by physiotherapist Dr. Christian Barton

Watch the video below from a patient’s perspective.
Myth Busted Exercise helps


Occupational Therapy at Milltown Physiotherapy

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We are delighted to welcome Laura O’Donnell (BSc Hons OT)  to Milltown Physiotherapy. Laura is an experienced Occupational Therapist who will be available here on Saturdays.  She graduated from Trinity College in 2009 with an honours degree in Occupational Therapy.

Laura has extensive experience working with adults with acute and chronic conditions across a wide range of clinical areas. These include Neurology (e.g. Stroke, Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, neuropathies), Frail Elderly (e.g. falls, mild cognitive impairments, Dementia), Chronic Pain and pulmonary, cardiac, endocrinology (e.g. diabetes) and orthopaedic conditions. She specialises in Stroke/Neurological rehabilitation and Chronic Pain management.



25 year anniversary party

We were delighted to open our doors on a glorious Friday in May to celebrate 25 years of service. It was great seeing some old friends, ex-colleagues and family attend. We had a karaoke to finish the night, with some impressive singing on show.

It has been an absolute privilege to be a part of this community, and here’s to the next 25 years!

Thanks for all your kindness and support.

The Stress of Should – Michael Comyn at Milltown Physiotherapy

Milltown SOS

We were delighted to host an in-service on “The Stress of Should” by Michael Comyn. It was a very enjoyable Friday evening speaking about resilience and giving the staff here lots of tips that hopefully we can pass on to patients in the coming months.

Michael advises to become more resilient we are required to work on sleep, exercise, nutrition, reality checking and meditiation.

A really nice website that we were recommended to look at for further information was


Celebrating 25 years

It is with great pride and excitement that we celebrate 25 years at Milltown Physiotherapy this year.


Starting in early 1993 with a small physiotherapy practice and with colleagues Dr Fiona McGoldrick and psychologists Michael Murphy and Terry O’Sullivan we gradually grew into the building as they made space for us to expand. Dentist Sam Clarke joined a short time later taking over the adjoining building.


Neighbours tell how they remember horse riding taking place in the fields out the back of the building 40 years ago and so much has changed. Professor Gerard Doyle owned the premises when we first rented there and gradually it changed over the years. We are pleased to share that we were able to buy the building when it most recently changed hands at the end of last year and have been delighted with the encouragement and response of neighbours and patients to our purchase.


We would like to thank most sincerely all of our physiotherapists, reception staff, massage therapists and our accounting and book keeping personnel for their ongoing hard work and comradery. We would like to thank all of our patients for coming to us and for placing their trust in us. We have so enjoyed getting to know you over the years.

It is a privilege to be involved in this community and little did we know 25 years ago what we were starting. We look forward to providing many more years of service.



Thank you!


Maeve Whelan & Helen MacDevitt