Orthotics are individually prescribed insoles for your shoes that will help support your foot and leg. They can be orthotics that are prefabricated and off the shelf  or they can be a customised device made from a cast of your foot.  The aim of orthotics is to help your foot into the best position and to help control movement in the foot.  This support will help with pain in the foot or further up the legs or even back and shoulder pain.  If we support the body into the best position, it will help movements to be painfree. Continue reading

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The Benefits of swimming


Swimming is an exercise that I recommend time and time again at the clinic.  Due to the low impact nature of swimming and that you will be in a heated pool, it is great for all my patients with pain, stiffness and injuries.  It is often the first exercise that patients can return to when recovering from an injury. Continue reading

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Sciatica is a commonly treated condition at the physio clinic.  It is pain of the nerve (sciatic nerve) that runs from the lower spine (lumbar spine) down to the foot.  It can present as pain anywhere along the route of the nerve, so it can be buttock pain or foot pain or a combination of both.  The pain can be aching, sharp or tingling and you can also have pins & needles and numbness along the root of the nerve.  The sciatic nerve runs out of the lower spine, down through the buttock, down the back of the thigh and then down into the lower leg and into the foot.

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Meet The Team – Carrie


CARRIE CURLEY Pilates Instructor & Personal Trainer.                                                Carrie is a graduate of Athlone Institute of Technology; she holds a degree in Toxicology. While she enjoyed studying the sciences, she soon learned that a career in science was not for her.

Being naturally good with people she was drawn to the hospitality sector. Her talents were rapidly recognised and rewarded with roles of responsibility. The flexibility of this industry has enabled her to pursue a variety of courses and qualifications over the years. Most recently she trained in University College Dublin, Sport & Fitness where she qualified as a Pilates Teacher and a Personal Trainer.

Her passion for Pilates was fuelled out of necessity. She suffered frequent injuries as a result of her running and attended the local Physiotherapist to aid her recovery. It was her Physiotherapist who suggested that Carrie attend her Pilates classes. The more she practised Pilates under the nurturing eye of her instructor, the more it captivated her interest. She realised that she wanted to share this enthusiasm and passion with others and a new career was formed. She is patient in her approach to teaching Pilates and gets the best from her students; she insists they start slowly and work at their own pace. She promotes “Pilates is a Lifestyle choice”, not merely a weekly fitness class to attend. She is looking forward to encouraging the best in you.  Carrie teaches several classes in Naas, Staplestown and 1:1 sessions in Prosperous, Co Kildare.

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Meet The Team – Gerard


GERARD CORCORAN BSc (Hons) Physio, MISCP                                               Gerard is a sports fanatic from County Tipperary. He completed a BSc in Physiotherapy in University of Limerick. Gerard’s physiotherapy career took him to New Zealand, where he worked in a very busy clinic seeing a varied caseload of musculoskeletal problems, alongside post operative, pediatric and sports injuries.  Gerard returned to Ireland and worked in both Mallow and Kanturk in very busy private physio clinics.  He worked with a variety of injuries in the community and from the GAA & rugby pitch.

Gerard currently works in a busy physio clinic in Clondalkin and also is the physio for the Naas RFC (Div 1B).  Gerard has worked with several hurling, football and rugby teams down through the years.  These include Kilruane GAA Senior Hurling, Buttevent GAA Junior Football, Tipperary GAA U21 Hurling & FootballUCC Rugby U20 and UL Bohemian U20 & Junior rugby.

Gerard is a trained Pilates instructor (APPI training), who enjoys teaching group based classes, and also incorporates Pilates based exercises into patient rehabilitation. Gerard also uses dry needling techniques during treatment sessions in order to reduce pain and restore function.

Gerard is a keen sportsman, playing Hurling for both club and county in Tipperary. He  is also a keen runner and surfer.

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Meet The Team – Amie


AMIE WELD BSc (Hons) Physio, MISCP                                                                    Amie qualified with BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy from Teesside University in 2009. She worked in a variety of environments in hospitals across the north of England for two years and then moved into musculoskeletal physiotherapy in occupational health. For six years Amie worked in occupational health where she was involved in setting up work site clinics treating back pain, shoulder/neck pain and all musculoskeletal conditions with the workers on site.  She also gained qualifications in manual handling training and physical capability assessment. She has completed post graduate courses with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics and Ergoscience in the UK.

In the clinical setting Amie has a particular interest in persistent back painand has previously run spinal rehabilitation courses.  Amie uses acupunctureas part of her treatment sessions.  She has completed APPI pilates training course and teaching pilates classes at her current physio clinic in Rathcoole.  She also performs horse rider assessments on and off the horse and has worked with experts in the field in the UK to develop this skill.

In her spare time Amie enjoys horse riding and just for fun completed an MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy in 2014. She also loves hiking with her dogs and cooking for friends and family.

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Meet The Team – Avril


AVRIL BARRETT MSc, BSc Physio, MISCP.                                                               Avril graduated from UCD with an Honours Degree in Physiotherapy in 2002.  She went on to work in hospitals and clinics in Ireland, the UK and Australia, increasing her clinical experience.

In 2005 she moved to London to work in the outpatients clinic at the Hammersmith NHS hospital.  During Avril’s time in London she completed a Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in University College London, being awarded the highest clinical results in her year.  She also worked in private clinics in Clapham, Kensington and Twickenham.  Avril worked with the Fulham Irish GAA football team, who compete in the County London League, during her time in London. 

Avril returned to Ireland in 2008 and took up a position managing Physio Dynamics clinic in Dundrum, Dublin.  During this time she worked with the Lansdowne Rugby club, being part of the backroom team that brought the club back up to Level 1 division rugby.  Lansdowne RFC went on to win the Division 1A league in 2013.

In 2010 Avril established East Coast Physio Clinic in Ashford, Wicklow with a colleague.  During her time at East Coast Physio, the clinic expanded to employ staff members and became part of the local community.  She had a regular slot on the East Coast FM morning radio show with Declan Meehan, giving advice to the public over the airwaves.

Avril also worked with the Irish Ladies Hockey team, (2011 – 2012), supporting them in their campaign towards the London 2012 Olympics.

Avril was awarded her ISCP accredited Level 3 (highest level) sports physiotherapist in recognition of her high level of postgraduate education and sports physiotherapy experience.

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Whiplash is quite a commonly seen injury at Motion Physio Clinic, Prosperous.  It occurs due to a sudden acceleration and deceleration of the neck causing rapid movement of the body.  It is usually due to a motor vehicle accident, but can be seen after a fall or after a sporting incident.  Whiplash can affect the joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves.  Due to the complexity of the injury it can prove difficult to resolve pain and restore function quickly. Continue reading

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What is Chartered Physiotherapy?


A Chartered Physiotherapist is a university graduate with hospital-based training who has comprehensive knowledge of how the body works, along with specialist training in the diagnosis and treatment of muscle and joint pain. When you choose a physiotherapist who is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered physiotherapists (ISCP), you’ll enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that they are a part of Ireland’s only professional body within its field.

It is your guarantee that they have been trained to the highest academic and professional standards – and also that they continue to keep abreast of emerging trends and developments through a programme of Continuous Professional Development.

The Society is the only association in Ireland recognised by the World Confederation of Physical Therapy.  It provides a strong, unified voice for the professions, and regularly speaks out on issues involving the role and responsibilities of physiotherapists – either within private practice or as part of the national health system.

Choosing a Chartered Physiotherapist assures you that your chosen practitioner is fully committed to upholding the highest standards of medical and ethical standards.

Taken from the website www.iscp.ie

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Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendon

The achilles tendon is located at the back of the ankle joint.  This tendon is a fibrous band that is at the end of each of our muscles to attach them to a bone.  In the case of the achilles tendon it is at the bottom of the calf muscle (gastrocnemius and soleus muscles) and attaches into our heel bone (calcaneus).  The role of the achilles tendon is to aid walking by lifting the heel off the ground.  Achilles Tendonitis is referring to pain in this tendon.  The correct term is now considered Achilles Tendinopathy, as there is increasing evidence that the achilles tendon pain is due to degenerative changes of the tendon. Continue reading

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