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Our Winter Olympian and physiotherapist in the news

With the Winter Olympics ongoing in South Korea, it was great to see our own Winter Olympian, and Milltown physiotherapist in a lovely article on The42.ie.

Kirsty McGarry represented Ireland in not one but two Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy and Vancouver Canada.

All Kirsty’s patients in Milltown will be familiar with her passion for the job and wishing to help her patients. Kirsty sums it up nicely here,

“Even when I was working, I wanted to be the best physio. I wanted to keep learning, I wanted to do courses. I find I’m quite empathetic as well, so I really want to do the best for each patient and person. Even when I was in college and doing exams, [my competitiveness] definitely came into everyday life.”

 

http://www.the42.ie/kirsty-mcgarry-interview-3849940-Feb2018/

Emily Power Smith starts her clinic in Milltown Physiotherapy

Milltown Physiotherapy is delighted to announce that the renowned sexologist Emily Power Smith has started clinic at Milltown Physiotherapy. Emily Power Smith is the only clinical sexologist in Ireland and as such has a unique skill-set and knowledge base. Emily runs a busy private practice in Dun Laoghaire as well as attending clinic in Milltown Physiotherapy.

Emily has a Masters Degree in Sexology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Psychotherapy, with years of experience as a facilitator, educator and trainer. She teaches at third and post graduate levels, trains, writes, runs seminars and is a regular contributor to Irish National Press, radio and TV. Emily’s mission is to normalise sexuality and to create informed, mature and non-judgmental dialogue around all aspects of sexuality (a sex positive approach). She is consultant and advisor for clients attending Milltown Physiotherapy who may wish to follow up with more intensive therapy.

 

Listen to Emily Power Smith and Maeve Whelan in interview with Irish Times Women’s Podcast.

 

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Tennis Elbow – to inject or not to inject?

A really nice infographic courtesy of Professor Bill Vicenzino and Clinical Edge on tennis elbow. He looks at the treatment options, but also what the long term outcomes are post injection which makes for some interesting reading.

To Inject

We also must really recommend the Clinical Edge website which is a great resource for physiotherapists, helping to make current research nice and easy to bring into clinical practice.

Dublin Marathon – Congrats Gráinne

Congratulations to our chartered physiotherapist Gráinne Wall who completed the Dublin Marathon on Sunday. Despite hitting the wall on mile 22, she finished in a great time. With her first marathon now under her belt she says she can’t wait to sign up again for next year. Registration for the 2018 Dublin marathon opens up tomorrow!

Well done Grainne!

Grainne

 

New pre run

Milltown Physiotherapy finish top 10 in Twilight Challenge 5km

The Spirit Motor Group Twilight Team Challenge took place in Sandyford yesterday evening for the 4th year running. This team event has become a focal point of the year in the workplaces of south Dublin. Over 600 runners, joggers and walkers signed for this late evening race under street lights. The night race under street lights certainly added to a great atmosphere. This race was hosted by DSD AC who provided runners with a great night of entertainment and fun running. The title sponsors Spirit Motor Group provided a fabulous HQ where participants were very well looked after with catering and refreshments.

 

Before Run

Helen, Eimear, Frank and Tara represented Milltown Physiotherapy and managed to survive the thundering wind and a few steep hills to come out in 10th place out of nearly 40 teams. It was a great event, and extremely enjoyable.

 

Last min prep

If you are looking to get involved in running, or are just starting out we would recommend speaking to a physiotherapist – the movement specialist to help you avoid common running injuries.

A great timed event held in parks across the country for free is the 5km parkrun. You can find further details on www.parkrun.ie on how to register. The event caters for walkers, joggers and runners. Get out there!

Physical activity

World Physiotherapy Day 8th September

World Physiotherapy Day was on 8th September and a survey to mark the occasion by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists showed that 2/3 of Irish Adults are not active enough with the shock headline: Sitting is the new smoking.

What does this mean

The main findings were that over 55s are outperforming all younger age groups in time spent at physical activity. However they are not getting it completely right needing to do more resistance exercise to increase quality of life in later years. The survey suggested that 18-24 year olds may be the most physically inactive amongst all adults.

New recommendations on Physical Activity levels (BMJ 2016) demonstrate that the maximum health benefits from physical activity can be achieved by getting between 3000 and 4000 MET mins of activity per week. The MET min is a unit that describes volumes of physical activity. Sixty MET mins equates to the energy consumed by sitting quietly for 1 hour. The 18-24 year olds surveyed were just expending 1496 MET mins per week while the total population was expending 2137 MET mins per week.

Physical inactivity

Physical inactivity is the fourth leading factor in global mortality and is responsible for 6% of deaths around the world. Other health benefits from engaging in more physical activity include decreased risk of:

  • Colon cancer by 30 -40 %
  • Breast cancer by 20- 30%
  • Cardio vascular disease by 20-35%
  • Type 2 Diabetes by 20-30%
  • Stroke by 20%

The suggested target for older adults (>65) is 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five times per week in bouts of 10 minutes or more. 30 minutes of brisk walking or the equivalent five days a week is often recommended. In addition, physical activity to improve strength should be done at least two days a week.

Some people can find it difficult to reach this level of activity but making modest increases in your time standing and spending less time sitting can have a positive effective.

There are associations between increased physical activity and reduction in musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and better cognitive acuity and mental health.

Our clinic at the event

Physical activity

On World Physiotherapy Day at Milltown Physiotherapy we set up an information area for everyone passing through that day and gave out a copy of the two WPD infographics to take away. We measured grip strength to promote the idea of needing to do strength training on two days per week. We compared grip strength against norms in age categories and did a draw for free physiotherapy sessions giving prizes to four strong winners. They all had a story to tell as to why their grip was in the ‘strong’ category. We gave a few people frights too!