A brilliant infographic – helping you slow down the pace of modern life and learn more about the effect of deep breathing exercises – courtesy of the people at deepbreathingexercises.com
Massive congratulations to our super physio Noreen Dockery who captained Ireland In the Hockey Masters European Cup in Rotterdam. Over the tournament Noreen scored 3 goals, with 2 goals in her 60th match for Ireland .
Noreen was also named Ireland’s player of the tournament. Unfortunately Ireland lost out on goal difference to make it to the semifinals but were placed a highly impressive 5th overall.
We are delighted to welcome chartered physiotherapist Robert John Doyle to the practice. Robert Doyle qualified as a physiotherapist in 2009 from Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in physiotherapy. He then completed a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine in 2014 from Trinity College Dublin and then completed a Diploma in Football Medicine through FIFA in 2017. Robert’s specialty is dealing with musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries, which he uses a combination of manual therapy treatment and exercise therapy.
If you would like to arrange an appointment with Robert please call us today!
Congratulations to our brave physiotherapists Helen, Gráinne and Aisling who abseiled down Croke Park at the weekend in aid of the Solas Project.
The Solas Project is a charity with a vision to see an Ireland where all children and young people truly know their self-worth and can take full advantage of their potential.
Helen, Gráinne and Aisling abseiled down 140 feet from the roof of the Hogan Stand at Croke Park all in aid of this great cause
“Major study reveals improvements can be made at least 20 years after a stroke”
something which Neurological Physiotherapists like our own Úna Cusack here at Milltown Physiotherapy is passionate about facilitating.
Professor Ward of University College London and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
“ All this talk about the window of opportunity shutting within which you could recover is nonsense”
Welcomed Waves of Change in seeing the worth of Intensive Neurorehabilitation for Stroke patients.
Here is Laura Fitzpatrick our physiotherapist with a special interest in Vestibular Assessment giving us the low down on BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), one of the most common causes of dizziness/spinning/vertigo.
It is a condition that she treats regularly at the clinic with great outcomes. Vestibular assessment is a special interest area of physiotherapy. It deals with dizziness and balance issues primarily.
What is BPPV?
BPPV is a condition arising in the inner ear. It is a sudden but short-lived sensation of spinning when your head is in a certain position, for eg. turning in bed or going from sitting to lying.
The dizziness can range from being mild to severe and there is normally a sudden onset of symptoms- one day you have no dizziness and the next you do.
Signs that you may have BPPV.
Nausea with or without vomiting associated with your spinning
Mild to severe spinning when you have your head in certain positions
A feeling of unsteadiness
Difficulty with balance
The spinning/dizzy sensation normally only lasts for a few seconds but sometimes can continue while your head remains in a certain position.
BPPV is not normally a serious condition, however it can be very worrying, so do seek treatment if you are concerned.
More women than men are affected by BPPV and having had a head injury can make you more susceptible to BPPV.
What causes BPPV?
Very often there is no known cause for your symptoms arising. This is known as idiopathic BPPV. Sometimes it coincides with an episode of illness, like a viral infection. It can also be caused by having your head in unusual positions like on the dentist chair.
Our ears play a major role in BPPV. We have 3 small canals in each of our ears, these are called semi-circular canals. These canals monitor the rotation of our head and help to tell us what way our head is positioned.
We also have tiny crystals in our inner ears which help make our bodies sensitive to gravity.
These crystals can become dislodged and end up in our semi-circular canals. This is what causes your spinning/dizziness. The canals have now become sensitive to movements that they would not normally respond to.
Diagnosis and treatment
When you come for your assessment your physiotherapist will first take a complete history of your symptoms. They may ask about your cardiac history and about things like migraines, headaches and your hearing. This is to help rule out any other reason for your dizziness. If you have results of recent investigations like a brain CT or MRI, make sure to bring them with you to your assessment.
Then a number of tests will be performed on you to ascertain whether or not you have BPPV.
Once you have been diagnosed with BPPV your physiotherapist will then perform a repositioning manoeuvre. The aim of this is to reposition the crystals so that your semi-circular canals are no longer over sensitive to normal movements.This repositioning involves a number of specific head movements held for a certain amount of time. You should notice that your symptoms are much better with the re-test that will be carried out at the end of your assessment.
We do ask that you bring someone along with you to your assessment.
BPPV is just one of many vestibular conditions that can be treated with vestibular physiotherapy. Please ring the clinic if you would like any further information or to book an appointment.
Some great tips here from www.internetmatters.org on how to manage children’s screen time.
Thanks to our paediatric physiotherapist Aisling Dolan for highlighting it.
A really nice infographic here from Sleep For Success Westport on the many benefits of getting a proper night’s sleep!
Congratulations to our physiotherapist Noreen who represented Ireland Hockey last week in the Home Nations Masters Hockey Tournament held in Wales.
Here she is in action against the hosts.
Well done Noreen, we’re all very proud!