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About Us

Irish Physical therapy is an holistic and patient-centered approach focusing on the manual treatment of the soft tissue – muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia. Therapists use highly skilled, hands-on techniques to diagnose, prevent or treat underlying conditions and problems. It is based on health science principles and works alongside other health care practices. We are located in the GYM PLUS Swords Building.

We are founded on a tradition recognises and values the healing properties of touch. It is proven as being very safe, non-invasive and is of course, drug free. Each treatment is individually tailored. The therapist, after carefully noting your history will consider psychological, social and environmental factors in devising a treatment plan and in suggesting appropriate changes to lifestyle, work practice or exercise.

Leona Bermingham  BSc-MIAPT

 

Working with a wide range of conditions, Leona has experience with MS, Stroke, post orthopaedic surgery, spinal disc problems, repetitive strain injuries, foot and gait issues and sports injuries, including the Dublin GAA senior ladies B team.  Since graduating Leona regularly attends post graduate courses, such as KinesioTaping, Dry needling, Cryo-Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy and master classes in shoulder, back and knee injuries.
 

Leona regularly enjoys sports herself, such as triathlons, surfing, horse riding and climbing, while also encouraging her two young children with their GAA training.

All treatments with Leona are individualised.  Aiming to identify the cause of the issue, and to manage the problem to enable the client to return to work, sports and activity as soon as possible.  Each session includes a comprehensive assessment, examination, hands on treatments (including deep tissue massage, trigger point treatment, dry needling, kinesio-taping, cryonic therapy, infrared, mobilisations, myofascial release techniques and or various soft tissue techniques) and specific therapeutic exercises and patient education

The Irish Physical Therapy Centre was founded by Leona Bermingham in 2004. 
Leona graduated with an honours degree in science and physical therapy.  She is a member of Irish Association of Physical Therapists and a member of CORU (Ireland's multi-profession health regulator).  In addition to this Leona completed specialised training in older age, pregnancy and paediatric physical therapy.  And trained with Later Life UK training (Specialists in providing, evidence based, effective exercise training for health and exercise professionals working with older people, frailer older people and stroke survivors).

She has worked in hospital settings, private practice and pitch-side. 

Leona’s experience also lies in the health and fitness area, as a qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer since 2001.

The Benefits of Physio Therapy

Physical therapy is suitable and effective in both the treatment and prevention of a surprisingly wide range of conditions. Its safety and flexibility mean it is suitable for almost every patient – where it can make a contribution to alleviating pain and discomfort.
 

Most patients attend physical therapists based on a friend’s recommendation, though many are referred directly from GP’s or other health professionals.
 

Conditions treated include, but are not limited to the following:

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 Treatments

Achilles Tendonitis
Ankle strain
Ankle Sprain
Arthritis
Back Pain
Bell’s Palsy 
Cryonic therapy
Deep tissue massage 
Facial Palsy 
Facial Paralysis
Diastasis Rectus
Dry Needling
Frozen shoulder

Fallen arches
Golfers Elbow
KinesioTaping
Headaches
Ligament Sprain
Metatarsalgia
Muscle Strain
Neuromuscular
Sacroiliac Joint

Neck Pain
Dysfunction
Shin Splints
SPD
Sports Injury
Shoulder problems
Sports injuries Stimulation

Trigger Point treatment
Orthotics
Pain Management
Physiotherapy Manipulation
Plantar Fasciitis
Pregnancy Physiotherapy
Repetitive Strain Injury
Tendonitis
Tennis Elbow
TENS
TMJ Problems
Whiplash injuries
Neck pain

Core values of physical therapy interventions include

Promote the ability to move.  Reduce client/patient pain.

Restore, improve, and maintain optimum physical function, wellness and fitness, and quality of life as it relates to health and movement.

Prevent the onset, symptoms and progression of functional limitations, impairments, and disabilities that result from injuries, disorders, conditions and diseases.

Educating client/Patients on how to prevent or manage their condition.

 

Physical therapy is a resource for everyday living.  Optimising life for individuals.   Healthy living throughout life to help individuals improve movement, reduce pain, restore function and prevent future disability and loss of mobility before it occurs. 

Area of Service

Physical therapy is suitable and effective in both the treatment and prevention of a surprisingly wide range of conditions. Its safety and flexibility mean it is suitable for almost every patient – where it can make a contribution to alleviating pain and discomfort.
 

Most patients attend physical therapists based on a friend’s recommendation, though many are referred directly from GP’s or other health professionals.

Consultation

Your first visit to the clinic will consist of a consultation with your Physical Therapist. This will involve a comprehensive history taking and full assessment. Your therapist will want to know how the problem began and identify among other factors. Main site of discomfort, aggravating factors, duration of discomfort, relieving factors. This information will help the Physical Therapist build a picture of the possible cause of your condition. At this point your Physical Therapist will ask if you wish to proceed with a physical assessment which will enable the Therapist to locate which aspects of your neuromuscular and skeletal system are dysfunctional.

Assessment

Should you choose to proceed with the physical assessment your Physical Therapist will achieve this through an examination of soft tissues & joints using palpation, passive, active & resisted ranges of movement & various scientifically based tests. Your Physical Therapist will be able to identify the specific structures involved in your muscular/skeletal dysfunction through these various tests. Based on the information and findings gathered through the history taking and assessment your Physical Therapist will explain to you what is causing your condition and inform you how they can help treat your condition or if required refer you to the appropriate health care professional.

Treatment

At this point your Physical Therapist will ask you if you wish to proceed with an appropriate course of treatment. If you decide to proceed a treatment plan will be designed specifically for you based on the above findings. The number of treatments required depends on many factors, the condition itself, the length of time the condition has been present & reaction to the treatment. As part of the treatment various soft tissue, myofascial, joint mobilisation and muscle energy techniques will be used in order to achieve the desired result.

IRISH PHYSICAL THERAPY

Contact Us

Full Member of the Irish Physical Therapy Association, certified and fully insured.

Leona Bermingham
087 115 6825

leona@irishphysicaltherapy.ie