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MS, Multiple Sclerosis, Exercise, Dietary, Physio

Exercise for Multiple Sclerosis…..and a bit more

We started our Exercise and Dietary programme for MS patients back in November 2017. We began with initial assessments whereby we spent time with people living with the condition. Exercise for Multiple Sclerosis is a key component of managing the neurological change. However it is not a stand alone requirement. Maintaining energy levels or combatting […]

Exercise, fitness, ageing, arthritis, Lifestyle, Dublin 6

Motion is Lotion – the benefits of exercise for the over 70’s

All the big Consultants we know very regularly use the phrase ‘wear and tear’! It’s a gentle way of talking about the decline of our once glorious body. Arthritis is not curable but it is absolutely manageable. The trick is to exercise correctly while simultaneously not antagonising the inflammatory joint. Movement is key and motion […]

Diabetes, Fitness, Exercise, Physio, Dietary, Dublin 6, Rathmines

The Personal Health Diabetes Programme

Everybody is scared at the start when it comes to embarking on a new journey! The Personal Health Diabetes programme is no different. We thought we were gentle, approachable, understanding and compassionate people!! But what we didn’t consider was that people with Type 2 Diabetes are petrified about making small changes in their lifestyle. Most […]

Wellbeing, Health, Corporate, Fitness, Dublin 6

Wellbeing Weeks and Fruit Friday’s don’t work!

Too often, we have seen the corporate wellbeing world be a storm in a teacup. ‘Wellbeing Weeks’ or ‘Fruit Friday’s don’t work! If your employees don’t feel valued, a guest speaker once a year and a free basket of fruit here and there, won’t change their productivity or happiness. Stress is an enigma. we all […]

Running, Prehab, Physiotherapy, Hip, Knee

Top 10 tips for Runners

Get Started Today to Enjoy a Summer on the Move Have a Plan: Whether your aim is to run your local park run every Saturday or to make the Olympics in two year’s time you need to have a plan. There are two options: You can go online to get a generic plan based on […]

Exercise, Health, Brain, Fitness, Rathmines, Physio

Exercise to keep your Brain calm

Exercise can help your brain slow down….Which is a really good thing! The quality of blood flowing to and through the brain is affected by exercise. Is your head in a tizzy?? Exercise can actually slow down the speed with which neurons fire in the brain. This is a good thing! We all need to […]

Running, Prehab, Physiotherapy, Hip, Knee

Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery – PREHAB??

  Are you on a waiting list for joint replacement? If so, it is an ideal time to manage your recovery – by starting NOW! We mean start your rehabilitation before surgery – commonly known as Prehabilitation or Prehab! The stronger and fitter you are before a major surgery the better your response to general […]

Exercise, fitness, ageing, arthritis, Lifestyle, Dublin 6

How to Exercise with Problem Health Conditions

Have you got arthritis in your knee? Too painful to exercise the way you used to? And now you are putting on weight…and the pain is getting worse? You are in a very common cycle that you can combat smartly. There’s always a way – if not 2 or 3! The most obvious thing to […]

Concussion recovery Personal Health Dublin 6

Superbowl LII – Concussion rears its head again

Superbowl LII- Concussion rears its head again What a game last Sunday at The U.S. Bank Stadium. The New England Patriots were back in the Superbowl for their eighth appearance since 2002 whilst the Philadelphia Eagles showed up for their first appearance since 2005. A contest they lost..…to the Patriots. Much of the pre-game talk […]

Movement, Hips, Arthritis, exercise, Fitness, Dublin

Disaster at the Masters…….Before the competition even starts!!

The Masters Golfers all over the country will be tuned in with keen interest considering the Irish representation in the US Masters today. Already there has been some notable incidents with tournament favourite Dustin Johnson suffering a fall at home and injuring his back. We’ll wait and see what emerges here but something tells me […]

Improve your Brain Health – By Marion Slattery

Improve your Brain Health Over the last number of years, it seems that increasingly in the media we are seeing people live with neurological conditions that affect the brain such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Stroke and other disorders. At the same time there has never been so much emphasis on the benefits of regular exercise and […]

Getting Back to Exercise After Having a Baby- by Mary Kate Ryan

 Tips for getting back to exercise After Having a Baby… After pregnancy and labour women can neglect themselves as they can become consumed by the amazing yet chaotic word of a newborn baby.  Juggling it all can be tough, most of the time something has to give and this tends to be time for yourself […]

Cholesterol, heart, diet, dietitian, food, health, fitness

Lowering Your Cholesterol The Healthy Way – Caoimhe O’Leary

Have you had your cholesterol checked? More people die in Ireland today from heart disease than any other illness. It accounts for 36% of deaths in Ireland. The positive news is that 80% of the incidence of heart disease can be prevented by improving lifestyle factors. Unfortunately, we are not in control of other risk […]

Personal Health – GP Education Evening

GP Education Evening On Feb 02, 2016 the Medical Advisory Board of Personal Health convened for and education evening to discuss our unique project. Our Chairman – Professor Michael Brennan (Mayo Clinic, USA) – cited the Lifestyle Health program in Mayo Clinic as a template to give us direction and purpose. Despite the numerous hurdles […]

💞Women’s Health at Personal Health💞

Women’s Health A little extra care for our Ladies At Personal Health Physiotherapy  we go one step further and give a little extra care for our ladies. We provide solutions and management programmes for the main problems women deal with in their life-time. Whether it is pregnancy related concerns, incontinence issues or care after Breast […]

Pelvic Girdle Pain During Pregnancy- By Mary Kate Ryan

Pelvic Girdle Pain During Pregnancy What is it? Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) is a collection of uncomfortable symptoms caused by a stiffness of your pelvic joints or the joints moving unevenly at either the back or front of your pelvis.  It is not harmful to your baby, but it can cause severe pain around your pelvic area and […]

Pregnancy yoga Rtahmines

Get your Asana on with Prenatal Yoga at Personal Health – 5 Yoga Poses every Moma-to-be needs to Know- By Cathy O’Grady

Prenatal Yoga Pregnancy is a truly magical time in any woman’s life, but adjusting to all those physical & emotional changes, can be quite challenging. Prenatal yoga is a wonderful way to help Momas-to-be, to find their zen whilst navigating their journey to motherhood. It’s not all about the asana of course. Learn useful breathing […]

Back pain,

Preventative Exercises for Santa this Christmas- By Dee Ryan

  Preventative Exercises for Santa this Christmas! It is well-known to all that Santa has a very busy night ahead on Christmas Eve. We do not doubt that Santa is in top physical shape but we wanted to provide him with a few tips to ensure his risk of injury is at an all- time […]

Personal health, Dublin 6

Breast Cancer & The Pink Ribbon Program at Personal Health

Pink Ribbon Programme Breast cancer is the third most common cause of cancer in Ireland. Recent advances in science and medicine include improvements in diagnosis, new operating techniques and progressions in adjuvant therapies. The types of surgery for breast cancer vary widely depending on each individual presentation. Surgery can span from lumpectomy to radical mastectomy. […]

Physiotherapy Services, Dublin 6

Jordi Murphy joins a very undesirable club – the ACL club

The ACL Club Ireland’s incredible victory last Saturday came with a hefty price tag for one of the Warriors that ultimately slayed the New Zealand team. An ACL Injury. I winced as I saw Jordi’s knee buckle. His attempt to chase down a quick line out throw by the Kiwis ended with a nasty rotation. […]

The Role of the Brain in relation to Pain

  Brain Map There is a representation or map of every body part in the brain. Consider this the ‘virtual representation’. The correct term for this representation is a homunculus. These virtual bodies inform us of what our ‘actual’ bodies are doing in space. Above are 2 homonculi, 1 representing the skin and the other […]

Dietitian, Dublin 6, Caoimhe McDonald

Take control of your IBS don’t let it control you – By Caoimhe Mc Donald

“Take control of your IBS don’t let it control you”    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic and relapsing bowel disorder. It affects up to 20% of adults and adolescents as well as children. It is 1.5 times more common in women than in men.  Symptoms include: abdominal pain bloating constipation diarrhoea flatulence poor […]

Personal Health, Rather Road, Chronic Health intervention

Surprise Your Bones….

Exercise for Osteoporosis When I was training as a student in Cork University Hospital our lead Clinical Educator, Fiona, had a stock phrase for helping patients with Osteoporosis. ‘Surprise your Bones’ said Fiona regularly, in a gentle Scottish lilt. Whether it was her accent or it’s ‘catchiness’, the phrase seemed to stick! Fiona was a Clinical […]

USAIN BOLT – THE RACE FOR OLYMPIC FITNESS!! by Ronan Fallon

USAIN BOLT – THE RACE FOR OLYMPIC FITNESS!!! Last week in Jamaica, Usain Bolt pulled out of the national finals following a second night of discomfort in his hamstring muscle. The diagnosis is a Grade 1 muscle tear. This is potentially a big problem as he needs to qualify for the Olympic Games on the 22nd […]

Chronic Pain by Dee Ryan

The Facts Behind Chronic Pain – by Dee Ryan

THE FACTS BEHIND CHRONIC PAIN As previously mentioned in my last blog, when the brain perceives you are in danger it calls upon many systems in its response to this discerned threat including: The muscular system- run away, fight The sympathetic system-increase heart rate, sweat The immune system –promote healing, sensitise neurons The endocrine system-reduce […]

2 things about 5 things that tell you nothing…Really Efficiently

Bygone Blissful Days of Youth Well the world is all about data apparently. Big Data…. The internet of things…. Is it a wearable? What’s your elevator pitch in less than four words? Are you sustainable? Social Media lifestyle. Recently I saw a post on Facebook talking about something distant. Life as a child. The simplicity […]

Women's Heath Chartered Physiotherapy

2 Simple Exercises to strengthen your Pelvic Floor – Women’s Health Physiotherapy

Pelvic Floor Muscle Training Pelvic floor muscles are very important as they: Control the bladder and bowel Support the pelvic organs and thus help prevent prolapse Are important for sexual function Support the growing uterus when pregnant Work with core muscles to support the spine   Where are they? They attach to the pubic bone […]

Football, Physio, sport, Physiotherapy, Fitness

Will Jonathan Walters be fit for Saturday ? by Ronan Fallon

Well is he going to be fit to continue? Last night’s match in Paris saw the boys in green put in a great performance on the European stage. It’s fair to say that we could have easily taken all three points. Unfortunately, this result did have an impact on Jonathan Walters. It is well known […]

Prenatal yoga, midwife, Dublin 6

Benefits of Prenatal Yoga – by Cathy O’Grady

PRENATAL YOGA   Having a baby is probably one of the most wonderful, yet anxiety-provoking events that can happen in one’s life. Prenatal yoga is a wonderful way to prepare for this event by helping you to remain active & fit throughout your pregnancy, whilst preparing you for the birth of your baby & the […]

Balanced approach to your Personal Health

Redress the Balance……By Susan Duffy Counselling Psychotherapist

As a counselling psychotherapist I meet a lot of people who are struggling with the balancing act of life; workload, children, ageing parents, relationship and friends are among the many responsibilities we try to juggle daily. All of this juggling on a regular basis before even thinking about ourselves, our diet, fitness and general health. […]

pain, chronic pain, exercise, physio, physiotherapy

Do you really understand your pain? by Dee Ryan, Chartered Physiotherapist

Pain is often misunderstood, and as a result can cause fear. This fear and confusion can drive our pain experience. This blog explores the true meaning of pain with you. It might facilitate a different approach to your pain management, and hopefully can improve your coping strategies. Pain is the body’s alarm system. It is […]

Cycling, physio, physiotherapist, movement, fitness, health

Summer, Sunshine & Spandex by Tim Ahern, Chartered Physiotherapist

We cyclists call it Lycra and there is a lot of it about lately. Here on Rathgar road we see hundreds of commuters and leisure cyclists pass by our clinic on their way to and from work every morning. This is great to see. All sorts of people are cycling now on all sorts of […]

Mobility, Flexibility, fitness, movement, health

The Pursuit of Flexibility

As the years go by, the pursuit of flexibility can be a wistful bygone goal. In reality we stiffen up a fair bit as time flies. So, what seemed to be regular flexible movement at one stage, now seems difficult to attain. Why do I groan all of a sudden when I’m standing up from […]

Polycystic, Ovarian, Cancer, Physio, Diet

Women’s Health – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Women’s Health Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) PCOS is a relatively common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work. It is a condition where a number of cysts develop around the edge of the ovaries (polycystic ovaries) in addition to one or more other symptoms.     SYMPTOMS Irregular or absent periods Excessive hair growth […]

Pregnancy, Constipation, Diet, Physiotherapy

Constipation is a Common Problem During Pregnancy…

Constipation is a Common Problem During Pregnancy…   This may be due to: Your pregnancy producing an increase in the hormone progesterone, which relaxes smooth muscles throughout the body, including the digestive tract. This means that food passes through the intestines more slowly. Your expanding uterus, takes up valuable space normally occupied by your bowel, […]

The Very Real And Emotional Struggles Of Having A Fitbit (Or Does Your Fitbit Have You?)

The Very Real And Emotional Struggles Of Having A Fitbit (Or Does Your Fitbit Have You?) My Fitbit journey began a month ago. I had plagued my husband with hints of getting me one and well, yes to my own disbelief, he actually must have listened, as one day he arrived home with one for […]

Physio, Golf, Tennis, Physiotherapy, Fitness, Exercise

Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow or both – the dreaded Country club!!

Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow or both – the dreaded Country club!!    I’m regularly asked about both Golfers & Tennis elbow in the clinic. Generally they are a large portion of the non-contact elbow injuries that patients develop. Commonly, it’s a term that people have heard of but are not quite sure what it actually […]

Diet, Nutrition, weight, dietitian, dublin 6

Diet, Nutrition…. what is all the fuss about?

Diet, Nutrition…. what is all the fuss about?   When giving presentations I often ask my audience “why do you think diet is so important?”. Various responses are given; “to lose weight”, “prevent heart problems”,“ prevent diabetes” which are all true but they are long term effects of good nutrition. It is amazing to see […]

Health, Physio, Physiotherapy, fitness, exercise

Invest In Your Health Now or Pay For Your Health Later….

Invest In Your Health Now or Pay For Your Health Later…….. Nobody can control the uncontrollable. Age only accumulates and the battle scars of a life in progress mount up, imposing imitations to ambulation and to motivation. We are often at the mercy of external pressures on our health, which can feel all-consuming and relentless; work, family, finance, […]

Surviving the first year of motherhood

Surviving The First Year Of Motherhood

Not a medical opinion……just a mum’s! Like any parent, I will never forget my first day of motherhood, the day we brought our first born Lucy home from the hospital. The two of us walking from the hospital to the car with her tucked up in her car seat, both of us looking at people […]

Ronan Fallon Physiotherapist Dublin 6

Muscle Strains and Timeframes – ‘When will I recover?’

Muscle strains and injuries are usually caused by a shearing effect such as a contact injury or a strain. The muscle fibres and their surrounding tiny blood vessels rupture hence the pain. The healing process for the human body is incredible – the repair cycle kicks in within hours. It is a complicated physiological process […]

Andrew Dunne Managing Director Personal Health

The Orchestra & The Human Body

If you’re over 35…..Listen to your body instead of looking at it so much. All your vital internal instruments will thank you – you might even start to sound like a nice melody! From the time you are born to around the time you turn 30, your muscles grow larger and stronger. But at some […]