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Coronavirus Update – 14th April 2020

As an essential medical service Milltown Physiotherapy is open and operating with a policy of social distancing and sanitizing. It is our priority that our patients, reception staff and physiotherapists are protected to the utmost of our ability.

From the outset

Patients will be advised if they have any respiratory symptoms at all that they should NOT attend. In addition patients in ‘at risk’ groups should not attend.


On the day of an appointment

Patients will receive a text reminder of their appointment and the option to wait in the car where they will be phoned when their therapist is ready to see them.


In the clinic

  • Seating in the waiting room and separately in the exercise room is greater than 2 metres apart. 
  • There are sanitizing hand gels and tissues readily available throughout the clinic.
  • The clinic is sanitised frequently throughout the day including all commonly touched surfaces.
  • Treatment rooms and door areas are cleaned thoroughly by the therapists between patients.
  • Payment would ideally be made by card rather than cash where care is taken around use of pin pad for transactions.

Would sticks and stones break your bones?

To mark World Osteoporosis Day and to help raise awareness practice partner Helen MacDevitt offers tips and advice.


canstockphoto16141556-e1413807772168Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced, leading to weakness of the skeleton and increased risk of fracture, particularly of the spine, hip and wrist.

Osteoporosis affects 200,000 Irish people (women AND men!) and results in 18,000 fractures annually, costing the state a whopping €653 million in health care! Ireland has one of the highest rates of hip fractures in the world!


Am I at risk?

The bad news is, if you are female, have had children, are over 50, are have a mother or father with a history of osteoporosis then you have a higher predisposition.
The good news however is that, if you don’t smoke, drink alcohol in moderation (less than 14 units a week), reduce caffeine, consume calcium and vitamin D rich foods (diary, broccoli, almonds for eg) and take regular weightbearing exercise, you can reduce the likelihood of developing osteoporosis significantly!


So what kind of exercise is helpful?

The message is ‘Move it or Lose it’ when it comes to bone density. A worrying fact is that women who sit for more than nine hours a day are 50% more likely to have a hip fracture than those who sit for less than six hours a day.

Just like muscles, bones respond when they are “stressed,” in other words, when they are forced to bear more weight than they are used to. This can be achieved by “weight bearing” or impact exercises such as walking, running, lifting weights, jumping, skipping or dancing. Ten times up and down an average flight of steps (10-12 steps) is a 1/3rd of your daily weightbearing requirements. So during your working day, take the stairs instead of the lift, consider jogging on the spot for a minute or 2 or get out for a short walk….. it all adds up!


So to look after your bone health, remember the key things:

Bone mass and exercise are inextricably linked.

Exercise, in addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle, can help to maintain your bone density and slow down the process that leads to osteoporosis.

By improving balance, strength, and agility, exercise helps prevent falls that lead to fractures.

Impact and weight bearing exercises are best – consider skipping, jogging or weight training instead of swimming or cycling.

For further information and advice

Today is World Spine Day – October 16th 2014

Spine-SelfieOur physios got involved in spine selfies to help raise awareness for World Spine Day.


Spinal disorders, such as back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc disease to name a few are common. They can have a profound effect on a person’s overall health, impacting a person’s ability to work, to enjoy everyday activities and even disrupting healthy sleep patterns.
Research has demonstrated that poor postures and inactivity can contribute to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders.Spinal pain is the second greatest cause of disability, as measured by years lived with disability (YLDs) worldwide and across most regions of the world (Lancet 15 December 2012).


Physiotherapy can help manage symptoms and provide pain relief. Call us on (01) 296 0603 today.

Have you ever counted how many hours a day you spend sitting down? It could affect how long you live!

canstockphoto6816280Practice partner and senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist Helen MacDevitt offers some tips and advice.


Recent research has found that it’s not just about how much physical activity you get, but the amount of time spent sitting that can increase your risk of premature death! The study which followed over 123,000 people over a 13 year period, identified that women who reported more than six hours per day of sitting were 37 % more likely to die during the time period studied than those who sat fewer than 3 hours a day. Men who sat more than 6 hours a day were 18% more likely to die than those who sat fewer than 3 hours per day.

When combined with a lack of general physical activity, the association was even stronger. Women and men who both sat more and were less physically active were 94% and 48% more likely, respectively, to die compared with those who reported sitting the least and being most active. Heart and blood related illness followed by cancer were the most common causes of death.

Take a moment to consider how many hours a day you spend sitting down! Between commuting to and from work, sitting at your desk or in meetings and relaxing at home in the evenings, it is not uncommon to spend up to 10 hours a day (and sometimes more) in a static seated position. Not only will your spine and posture benefit from regular movement but so will your heart and lungs

Examples of how you can move and still work:
• Instead of emailing a colleague, walk to their desk and give them the message or leave a post- it.
• If you are reading a paper document, stand up or lean against a wall to read out
• Keep a small bottle of water on your desk, drink and refill it 3-4 times a day.
• Before your answer your phone, stand up!
• While standing at the printer or photocopier, stretch your arms overhead to lengthen your spine.
• Take the stairs between floors rather than using the lift.
• On your lunch break, leave the office to get a short breath of air – even a brief 10 minute burst of outdoor exercise will refresh you physically and mentally



Journal Reference:
1. Alpa V. Patel, Leslie Bernstein, Anusila Deka, Heather Spencer Feigelson, Peter T. Campbell, 5 Susan M. Gapstur, Graham A. Colditz, and Michael J. Thun. Leisure Time Spent Sitting in Relation to Total Mortality in a Prospective Cohort of US Adults. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2010; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwq155


Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist in Women’s Health & Continence, Maeve Whelan will be marking World Physical Therapy Day on September 8th 2014 with a Master Class titled Where’s My Pelvic Floor?!

The title of this year’s World Physical Therapy day is “Fit to Take Part” and women throughout the world lose out because they are not fit to take part with one in four women suffering from pelvic pain and one in three women suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction including pelvic organ prolapse, bladder or bowel control problems. Possibly not surprising with those statistics, fifty percent of women contract their muscles the wrong way. Further studies report a prevalence of sexual difficulties in up to 50% of women worldwide.


The Where’s My Pelvic Floor?! Masterclass combines the need to educate women to look after their pelvic floor and at the same time raising funds for Deirdre Holland who tragically lost both lower legs through a rare strain (“Y”) of meningococcal septicemia in April 2013 and is currently in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire learning to walk again.


This class is for all women who would like to learn more about their pelvic floor.


Registration is online at


Further classes take place throughout September.


The Continence Foundation of Ireland Annual Study Day is on Saturday November 15th 2014 in Carton House, Dublin. The link for registration is below and the programme includes topics in urogynaecology, obstetrics, colorectal surgery, urodynamics and chronic pelvic pain with speakers from all disciplines. Not to be missed! The CFI committee look forward to welcoming you.

For further details

CFI Annual Study Day Programme Outline