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Welcome to Dundonald Physiotherapy Clinic

Our aim is to provide a welcoming space where patients can receive  comprehensive, high quality evidence-based treatments where possible. We believe in a personal approach to diagnosis and treatment.

Dundonald Physiotherapy was established in 2000. Our multidisciplinary team comprises 4 Chartered physiotherapists, including a Women’s Health Specialist. This team is supplemented by a practice manager and a full-time receptionist. All our physiotherapists are fully qualified and registered with both the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). They are governed by a professional code of conduct and are fully insured.

Continuing Professional Development is very important at Dundonald Physiotherapy. All of our physiotherapists regularly attend professional courses to update their knowledge and to learn about new evidence based techniques to enhance their treatment and rehabilitation skills. Case conferences and in-service training sessions also ensure our Physiotherapists are fully up to date with relevant treatment modalities.

Our physiotherapists are trained to recognise any conditions that may require further investigative tests or a referral to a specialist. Over the years we have established excellent communication channels with specialist consultants. We are therefore able to provide our patients with quick access to radiological investigative scans including Ultrasound, MRI, X-ray and/or CT. This facility aids  diagnosis and accurate patient management.

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Our Services

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Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.

Our physiotherapists will complete a full assessment to evaluate the condition, identify the source of the problem and provide a clinical diagnosis.

At the core is our patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment as facilitated by our therapists.

The aim of our physiotherapy is to:

  • Alleviate pain
  • Restore and improve range of movement in joints
  • Prevention of sports injuries
  • Improve co-ordination, posture and core stability
  • Educate patients regarding individual diagnosis

We are able to treat a variety of conditions:

  • Joint pain
  • Back and neck pain eg. Sciatica, protruding/prolapsed discs
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Knee injuries (including ligament and cartilage damage)
  • Sports injuries (torn muscle, ligament, tendon damage)
  • Muscle and ligament tears/strains
  • Whiplash/ Neck strain
  • Fractures/ trauma
  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  • Postural problems such as mechanical low back and neck pain
  • Ergonomic advice
  • Pre and post-operative rehabilitation (joint replacements, arthroscopy, A.C.L. reconstruction, scar tissue treatment)
  • Headaches
  • Repetitive Strain injuries (R.S.I.)
  • Personal injuries from accidents eg. Falls, driving, work.

Commencing treatment early can mean a quicker recovery with less time away from work of sport. If you are unsure whether physiotherapy is going to be of benefit to you, please ring or e-mail us for advice.

Physiotherapy rehabilitation aims to optimise patient function and well-being, to help integrate that patient back into their chosen lifestyle activities whether at home, work or leisure. Rehabilitation aims to focus on changes to functional disability and lifestyle restrictions based on the patient’s own goals for functional improvement.

Both professional and amateur athletes are prone to injury either due to the intensity and high impact of the exercise they do, or due to overusing their muscles, joints and ligaments. Physiotherapy can help you rehabilitate from an injury safely and quickly so you can return to sports fully recovered. Our physiotherapists can also help relieve fatigue from exercise and promote mobility with sports massage and also teach you how to perform specific movements safely in order to avoid further injury in the future.

Physiotherapy rehabilitation can be a crucial component of successful recovery from trauma or orthopaedic surgery e.g. post hip/knee replacement or post fracture. Our aim in managing these conditions is to restore normal movement and strength, leading to a pain-free improved quality of life. Many Arthritic conditions can also be greatly improved in this way. Rehabilitation should start as soon as possible to speed recovery.

What it involves:

Supervised exercise prescription has clinical evidence to suggest it as being effective treatment and prevention of injury and illness.  An important part of physiotherapy treatment is exercise prescription, as it plays an important role in improving the performance and function of the body area undergoing rehabilitation.

The exercises that are prescribed include active motion, strengthening, stretching, balancing and conditioning exercises.  Throughout your course of treatment the prescribed exercises are continually assessed, adapted and progressed to suit the needs of the patient and the injury.

Exercise prescription revolves around the goals of treatment, both those that the physiotherapist sets for the patient and those the patient sets for themselves. The ultimate goal is making a full recovery and regaining your former level of activity and fitness. Exercise is also a very good preventive measure against the possibility of future complications or illnesses.

We are also happy to advise you about suitable exercise classes, use of gym equipment and tips For your choose sport.

Acupuncture is derived from traditional Chinese medicine but is becoming increasingly popular in Western medicine. It involves fine single-use needles being inserted into various points in the body (known as acupuncture points) in order to stimulate blood flow and a neural/nerve response. This stimulates sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles resulting in the body producing natural substances, such as pain relieving endorphins.

The main therapeutic effect of acupuncture is to alleviate pain and research has shown it does this in a number of different ways. There have been numerous articles written supporting the use of acupuncture in the treatment of low back pain, neck pain and headaches. However, many other musculoskeletal conditions can also be treated, such as frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis and pain arising from osteoarthritis at any joint.

Acupuncture has an accumulative effect so it may take 4-6 sessions before achieving the desired result. Chronic conditions usually require more treatment sessions. To provide longer lasting relief it is likely, therefore, that a course of acupuncture will be required, rather than a single treatment.

At the initial appointment a full musculoskeletal assessment will be carried out to obtain a diagnosis and to make a decision on whether acupuncture is appropriate, not only for the particular condition but also for the patient, based upon their past medical history. Research has shown acupuncture to be a very safe treatment with minimal adverse reactions. Patients are always asked to sign a separate acupuncture consent form prior to any treatment being given and the location of acupuncture points will be fully explained prior to any needles being inserted. Acupuncture points are located with the aid of anatomical landmarks and there are approximately 361 points (plus extra points) on the body. Acupuncture is usually not painful as the needles are extremely fine. Once inserted, normal needle sensations range from a dull, heavy sensation to warmth, pins and needles, itching and/or numbness and the needle is gently rotated until an appropriate sensation is achieved.

Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other treatments. For example, if pain is preventing compliance with a planned exercise program, acupuncture can be very useful to alleviate that pain sufficiently to allow the exercised to take place.

‘Dry needling’ as a form of treatment has gained in popularity recently. This is, in effect, acupuncture, as it involves the insertion of needles into local areas of pain. It is used to treat conditions such as Achilles tendinopathy and myofascial trigger points. Dry needling may be used in conjunction with other acupuncture points in order to achieve maximum results. A full explanation will be given by the physiotherapist prior to any needles being inserted.

All physiotherapists practicing acupuncture in the clinic are AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) accredited and registered.

Massage can be used very effectively either on its own or in conjunction with a course of physiotherapy.

  • Relieves tension, pain and stiffness
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Aids recovery from injury and sporting activities
  • Supports long-term management of known soft-tissue issues
  • Can help to prevent injury recurrence

Recent scientific evidence has shown that massage therapy following exercise can reduce inflammation and promote cell healing. Patients include:

  • People who suffer from aches and pains due to work, age or everyday life
  • Athletes of all levels and abilities
  • People with long standing injuries and postural issues as well as occupational related injuries
  • People with tendon and soft tissue related injuries

Massages can vary in length based on your requirements from 30 to 60 minutes.

Dundonald Physiotherapy is one of only a few clinics in Northern Ireland currently offering this relatively new form of treatment. Extra-corporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive procedure. It has been shown to be extremely effective in the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and frozen shoulders to name but a few.

ESWT is a procedure where shock waves are passed through the skin to the injured part of the body, using a special device. Extracorporeal means outside of the body. The shockwaves are mechanical and not electric; they are audible, low energy sound waves, which work by increasing blood flow to the injured area. This accelerates the body’s healing process.

We offer ESWT to patients who have not responded adequately to conservative treatments, such as rest, steroid injection, ice therapy and painkillers. ESWT can offer relief from pain and other symptoms. You will experience some pain during the treatment, but you should be able to tolerate this. Following the treatment, you may experience redness, bruising, swelling and numbness to the area. These side effects should resolve within a week, before your next treatment. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have deemed this procedure to be safe, although there are some uncertainties about how well it works. Studies have shown there is a 50% to 70% chance that it will be effective.

Sarah Key is an Australian physiotherapist with an international reputation for treating problem backs. A number of our physiotherapists are accredited in the Sarah Key Method of spinal treatment. This is a relatively new and very exciting method of treating the spine (both lower and upper back pain). This method uses the heel of the foot to mobilise, resulting in segments being mobilised much more effectively; less effort for the therapist and much less painful for the patient. Mobilising with the heel of the foot provides a kinder instrument to transmit greater forces, when compared to the hard tips of prodding thumbs. This unique method of mobilising a stiff spinal segment is followed by specific spinal decompression exercises to introduce pressure changes through spinal segments and make immediate use of segmental freedom gained with the treatment. The exercises will also strengthen the muscles that control the individual spinal segments.

During your session our therapists will

  • help you understand the cause of the spinal problem
  • explain how you can manage your pain
  • provide simple self-treatment solutions

Pilates was developed more than 70 years ago by Joseph Pilates, one of the first to explain imbalance theories within the body. It is a form of exercise that focuses on balance, posture, strength and flexibility. It emphasises the importance of beginning movement from a central core of stability, namely the lumbo-pelvic region.

Exercises involve controlled and precise flow of movements built into a routine in order to promote activation and strengthen local core muscles. He believed that these components would allow the exerciser to alter abnormal patterns of movement and achieve carry over into everyday function so helping to prevent injury. All exercises are based around the 5 key elements of Pilates which are lateral breathing, centering, ribcage placement, shoulder blade placement and head and neck placement. Intensity of exercises are adjusted by differing lever lengths or the use of resistance using various pieces of Pilates equipment.

All instructors at the clinic are Chartered Physiotherapists, trained and accredited through APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute). The APPI Pilates method was designed by physiotherapists for use in the rehabilitation setting. These exercises have been based on segmental spinal research and lumbo-pelvic stabilisation theory. This makes this form of exercise suitable for all ages and fitness levels. This includes our Serenity group (targeting the over 60s) and an all-male class.

Pilates has been well established in the treatment and management of low back pain and other spinal conditions (Point 1.2.2. NICE guidelines)

Benefits of Pilates:

  • Improved posture
  • Improved flexibility
  • Better balance and co-ordination
  • Rehabilitation of various musculoskeletal conditions
  • Injury prevention
  • Weight loss
  • Enhanced core stability (abdominals and gluteals)
  • Relaxation and stress management
  • Improved muscle definition of thighs, abdomen and buttocks
  • Increased exercise performance.

We run a number of sessions throughout the week and at various times of the day to suit busy schedules. We also offer one-on-one sessions (where appropriate/on request) to introduce this form of exercise and to progress people to group settings where appropriate. Our physiotherapists are happy to answer any questions regarding suitability of classes prior to attendance, as this will further enhance your experience and enjoyment of the class. Please call our reception for further information/enquires and/or to book a suitable class.

Biodex System 3 enables us to offer versatile and reliable testing and rehabilitation of the human musculoskeletal system.

Testing skeletal muscle function is an important component of any screening assessment or return to function assessment post injury.

This system is commonly used within the professional sporting world to aid rehabilitation and assist speedy recovery.

The theory behind isokinetic testing is muscle movement isolation. By isolating the muscle groups and testing how much they can handle, we can identify where you are weakest and what movements might be contributing to your pain.

The Systems applications are supported by evidence-based clinical protocols for injuries such as shoulder dysfunction, knee osteoarthritis, lateral ankle sprains, patellofemoral dysfunction and ACL injury/reconstructions. The Biodex System 3 can also be programmed to work passively through a range to increase flexibility and aid joint ROM for patients who may have a restricted/limited range following a planned surgical joint replacement or post fracture.

The wide variety of out-put reports also allows numeric and graphic information to be printed.

The dynamometer will provide objective, consistent and accurate data safely to ensure the greatest outcome for our client and their individual needs throughout a rehabilitation programme.

Future tests to re-evaluate strength can be directly compared to previous results.

Spinal traction is a treatment technique that applies a longitudinal force to stretch and decompress the vertebral joints and soft tissues around the spine. Spinal traction is most commonly used on the cervical and lumbar spines. Traction is applied with a specific grade of force or weight, and for a specific duration according to the signs and symptoms of the condition. For instance, traction can be applied from a range of a few seconds up to 30 minutes, depending on what is needed. The force or weight used is usually relatively low and feels quite comfortable to the patient.
We can offer traction by 2 types of methods:
  • Manual traction – This is where the therapist uses his or her hands to apply the traction force to the spinal joints
  • Mechanical Traction (by a traction or decompression machine) – This method of traction is often used when a specific force and a longer duration of traction is needed.
Some conditions in the spine that it may help with include:
  • Nerve pain and weakness down the arm and legs from disc and nerve injuries; radiculopathies
  • Advanced degenerative changes in the spine, stenosis
You will be carefully assessed by our physiotherapists to determine how appropriate spinal traction is in your case. This will be dependent on your signs and symptoms, the acuity of your injury and stage of healing, your past and current medical history, and your response to previous treatment.

Women’s and Men’s health physiotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of all disorders affecting the pelvis and pelvic floor.

It includes the treatment of

  • urinary or bowel insentience
  • pelvic  organ prolapse
  • constipation
  • pelvic girdle pain and low back pain during and after pregnancy
  • pelvic floor dysfunction following child birth
  • diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles)

Treatments vary and will depend upon the findings of a confidential, detailed history and physical examination.

These may include

  • Pelvic floor re-education
  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • EMG biofeedback
  • Manual therapy and release of the overactive pelvic floor
  • Myofascial release of connective tissue of the abdomen, hips and pelvis
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Advise on toileting and positional modifications
  • Musculoskeletal treatment of low back pain and pelvic girdle pain ante nataley and post nataly.
  • Acupuncture fro pain and overactive bladder dysfunction
  • Post-natal exercise programmes

Our highly specialised women’s and men’s health physiotherapist Lorraine Johnston is a full member of POGP (Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecology Physiotherapy). A UK based professional network which is affiliated to the CSP. She has over 25 years’ experience in treating obstetric, gynaecology and male problems.

One quarter of all the bones in the body are located in your feet, there are 66 joints 214 ligaments and 38 muscles and tendons. It is a complex mechanical structure which has to be shock absorbing at contact and then a rigid lever to push off at propulsion…

Sports Podiatry specialises in the diagnosis and management of lower limb injuries (hips down) associated with abnormal biomechanics or posture during walking, running or your chosen sport.

Our podiatrists use the latest technology and evidence based practice to treat injuries including:

  • Shin pain (Medial tibial stress syndrome)
  • Hip pain (trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Thigh pain (Illiotibial band friction syndrome)
  • Knee pain (anterior and patellofemoral pain)
  • Stress fractures or overuse injuries
  • Heel pain and arch pain (planar fasciopathy)
  • Achilles tendon injury. (Achilles Tendinopathy)
  • Running technique and training error

Chiropodists are health care professionals who have been trained to diagnose, treat and prevent abnormal conditions of the feet. They treat a wide variety of foot and lower limb problems. These may include

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Ingrowing toenails
  • Sports injuries
  • Diabetic ulcers

Each patient is assessed on an individual basis. We work with people of all ages, and aim to assist people of older ages to stay mobile and independent.

Our chiropody serve is available with Gail on a Tuesday evening 5-8.30pm. Please contact our reception desk to book a suitable 30 minute appointment.

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