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.

In 2019 we became one of the first clinics in Northern Ireland to be awarded “Quality Assured Clinic” status. This is a clinical audit process conducted by the University of Brighton in conjunction with PhysioFirst.  It is a continuing audit and QAC status is reviewed annually. This confirms the care and attention we give to every patient and the results obtained from the treatment dispensed.

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Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, acupuncture, electrotherapy, education and advice.

Our CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) registered physiotherapists  will complete a full assessment to evaluate the source of pain or movement dysfunction, provide a diagnosis and then advise the best possible treatment pathway. this pathway will be fully discussed with the patient, any questions they may have will be answered and their consent will be obtained prior to commencing treatment.

We encourage patients to self-manage in this process through education, advice and exercise.

Aims of physiotherapy

  • Alleviate pain
  • Restore and improve range of movement
  • Maximise potential function through rehabilitation
  • Treatment and rehabilitation of all types of injuries
  • Safe return to sport through treatment and exercise
  • Advice regarding injury prevention
  • Educate patients on their diagnosis and treatment

A variety of conditions can be treated

  • Joint pain
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Spinal pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Knee injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle and/or ligament tears/strains
  • Whiplash/neck strain
  • Tennis/golfers elbow
  • Postural dysfunction such as mechanical low back and neck pain
  • Ergonomic advice
  • Pre and post operative rehabilitation
  • Headaches
  • Vestibular (balance) rehabilitation
  • Repetitive strain injuries

Commencing treatment as soon as possible can mean a quicker recovery and therefore less time away from work, hobbies or sport.

If you are unsure whether physiotherapy will be of benefit to you do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to advise you.

Physiotherapy rehabilitation aims to optimise patient function and well-being, to help integrate that patient back into their chosen sport or lifestyle activities whether at home, work or leisure. The aim of rehabilitation is to treat the injury, reduce pain and provide specific exercises to improve function and allow safe return to the patient’s chosen activities.

What to expect:

Supervised exercise prescription has clinical evidence to suggest it as being effective in the treatment and prevention of injury and illness.  Exercises may be given to improve strength, flexibility, balance, co-ordination and general conditioning. This rehabilitation programme will be continually assessed and adapted according to the patients needs and their pre-assessed goals.

Acupuncture is derived from traditional Chinese medicine and is supported by  Western research. 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.

One of the main therapeutic effects of acupuncture is to alleviate pain. 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 arthritic conditions.

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 chronic injuries
  • Can help to prevent injury recurrence

Dundonald Physiotherapy is one of the few clinics in all of Ireland currently offering this relatively new form of treatment. It has been shown to be extremely effective in the treatment of a number of chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as tendinopathies (tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff, heel spurs and Achilles problems).

ESWT (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy) is a procedure where shock waves are passed through the skin to the injured part of the body, using a hand held device. The shockwaves are mechanical and not electrical; they are audible, low energy sound waves which work by increasing blood flow to the injured area. This accelerates the body’s healing process.

Sarah Key is an Australian physiotherapist with an international reputation for treating problem backs. During this treatment method the physiotherapist uses the foot (mainly the heel) to mobilise stiff spinal segments. Mobilising with the heel of the foot can provide a much kinder instrument to transmit greater forces to a stubborn stiff joint. This unique method of mobilising a stiff spinal segment will then be followed by specific exercises making immediate use of  segmental freedom gained with the treatment.

As with any of our treatments a thorough assessment in carried out prior to any treatment.  Assessment findings will be discussed fully with the patient and the method of treatment explained.

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. Pilates works to improve and correct abnormal patterns of movement so preventing injury.

We offer both classes and one-to-one Pilates sessions. We strongly advise an initial one-to-one assessment prior to attending a new class as this will allow us to detirmine which level of class is the most appropriate

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 clinical 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. Our Physiotherapists are happy to answer any questions regarding suitability of classes prior to attendance.

Benefits of Pilates:

  • Improved posture
  • Improved flexibility
  • Improve balance and co-ordination
  • Rehabilitation of various musculoskeletal conditions
  • Injury prevention
  • Weight loss
  • Enhanced core stability (pelvic floor, abdominals and gluteal muscles)
  • Relaxation and stress management
  • Improved muscle definition
  • Increased exercise performance.
Spinal traction is a treatment technique that applies a longitudinal force to stretch and decompress the vertebral joints in the cervical or lumbar spine. Traction is applied with a specific grade of force and for a specific duration according to the signs and symptoms of the condition. 

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.

Vestibular rehabilitation incorporates strategies that can be effective in improving symptoms relating to many vestibular disorders.

Vestibular disorders are problems involving the inner ear.  Patients can experience a variety of symptoms such as vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance or imbalance.  The aim of treatment is to reduce these symptoms.

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45 Comber Road
Belfast, BT16 2AA
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