Flossing, Exercise and Chocolate Cake

When I go to my dentist she tells me that I need to floss. I hate flossing. To be honest I don’t floss. Not unless I have an upcoming appointment. Then I do. Vigorously. Now she knows I haven’t been flossing. She’s not a mind reader but there are tell-tale signs. The angry indentations on… Continue reading Flossing, Exercise and Chocolate Cake

Making Time for Sleep and Recovery

It’s 5:25am and I’m already on my second coffee. The agonising wails of my teething 10 month old has the whole family up an hour already. Proper up. Not to mention attending to two ‘wee-wee’s’ during the night, only one of which was legit. The other was a false alarm or in other words a way of getting… Continue reading Making Time for Sleep and Recovery

Are Smart Phones becoming a pain in the neck?

There are alarming reports of the upsurge of the amount of teenagers and children presenting to their GP and indeed physiotherapist with neck pain. First up neck pain in general is very common and usually nothing to worry about with adults. As we get older and some degenerative changes occur it will affect up to 70% of… Continue reading Are Smart Phones becoming a pain in the neck?

Can we rub the pain away?

-“Dock leaf, dock leaf in and out. Take the sting of the nettle out. Ok is it better now?”. -“No. What about you maybe kiss it better Daddy??” -“Ok. Mmmmwahhhh!!!. Well? Better now?” I think my 2 1/2 year old boy Charlie has an idea in his head of what I do as a physiotherapist. He does… Continue reading Can we rub the pain away?

Taping for dodgy ankles and return to sport

After a long day in the clinic I’m covering a rugby match and slowly getting through the long pre match injury list. Ankles sprains, knee laxity, thumb and wrist sprains, ‘dead legs’ from the previous weeks battle. The list goes on. Me: “Ok who’s next lads?” Player X: “I need my ankle, shoulder, knee and… Continue reading Taping for dodgy ankles and return to sport

Concussion Confusion

There is a funny, yet worrying, story told from the 1980 All Ireland football final. As the Kerry players enter the tunnel at half time Mike Sheehy is commended for his contribution with a goal in the opening half. “Nice goal”, says the Doc. “Goal? What goal?”, replies Mike. The team doctor showed concern and… Continue reading Concussion Confusion

Stop!….Hammer Time

After 6 years of continued studying, 4 in Ireland and the latter 2 in Scotland, I returned home and successfully secured employment near to home.  Leaving was a big deal for me at the time but having kept myself reasonably active while away playing Gaelic football and running more I still felt I had unfinished business… Continue reading Stop!….Hammer Time