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All you need is PEACE AND LOVE for all your Soft Tissue Injuries

The summer is in full swing and with that brings plenty of people playing sports. As a result we will see a lot of patients in Compass Physio in Louth, Kilkenny and Meath over the next few months with soft tissue injuries. A soft tissue injury is the damage of muscles, ligaments and tendons throughout the body. Injuries [...]

Farming!! How to prevent Back Injuries.

We all know a farmer, be it yourself, a friend or a family member, suffering from an injury. In a 2012 survey of 600 Irish farmers, 56% admitted they had experienced a musculoskeletal injury; the most common being a back injury (37%). There is often a common misconception that these injuries are just a hazard of the occupation [...]

10 Tips for Office Workers

Generally work should be enjoyable ...... However at Compass Physio we see a lot of office workers, with neck, shoulder and repetitive strain injuries. You commute to work in a sitting posture and then sit at your desk until lunch, maybe eat lunch at your desk, then work until it's home time and drive home. All the while [...]

Shoulder Dislocations – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Rehabilitation

OverviewA shoulder dislocation occurs when the humerus bone (upper arm bone) pops out of the shoulder socket. The shoulder is the body's most mobile joint which makes it susceptible to dislocations. A dislocated shoulder requires urgent medical attention. Do not try to relocate the joint. At Compass Physio we generally don't see many dislocations unless we are working at [...]

Men Don’t Do Pilates! DO they?

The answer from the Compass physio team is, Yes they do. From sports teams looking to reduce injury to men with a history of back pain or just generally wanting to improve control and strength. There are more and more men doing Pilates. The person who invented Pilates was a man! Pilates has all the same benefits for women [...]

Have You Ever Thought About Doing Pilates?

Here at Compass Physio, it is always important for us to understand why our clients come to us to do Pilates. This enables us to tailor the classes to our clients needs. You then get the most benefit from classes. Quite often, we hear of people who are not quite sure what Pilates is all about. Sometimes they’ve been [...]

Going for Surgery? Top Tips for Post Op

Having underwent ankle surgery at the beginning of the year, I learned a lot about what it is like to be a patient in this situation. I thought it might be helpful to share some tips which may be useful for somebody preparing for surgery. Being Prepared / Thinking ahead Thinking about the aftermath [...]

Is your meniscus causing your knee pain?

What is a meniscus? The meniscus is a cartilage structure which is found within the knee joint. This cartilage structure acts as a shock absorber between the thighbone and shinbone. This acts as a cushion to distribute load within the knee. Forces which are transferred through the knee increase exponentially as speeds of activity increases i.e running. [...]

What is a Total Knee Replacement

Its an orthopaedic procedure where the articular surfaces (end of the bone) of the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) are replaced. A polyethylene piece is placed between the tibia and femur as a shock absorber. In about half of cases the patella (kneecap) is also replaced. Why get one? The main reason people have a knee [...]

7 Mistakes People Make When Dealing With Back Pain

Here at Compass Physio we have worked with back pain for many years and truly have a great knowledge of how to diagnose and manage your back pain. There are several common mistakes we consistently see people are making when they have back pain. Could you or someone you know be making one or more of these mistakes? [...]

How does your Work Day compare to that of a Professional Rugby Player?

This is a break from our normal weekly blog to give you an insight into what a typical day can look like for members of the Ireland Team preparing for Saturday's game V England The 6 Nations is only days away with the hopes of each Nation peaking in anticipation for their warriors to take to the battlefield. [...]

How to stick with your new habits!!

3 weeks into the new year and you may be starting to slip back into your old habits or worse again, not made any new changes. You might ask, why does a Chartered Physiotherapist care about my new years resolution. Well the scary part about our job is that we see the effects that peoples lifestyle choices have [...]

Season Greetings!! Time for a Review?

This time of year is a wonderful time of year for so many reasons. The opportunity to relax, spend time with family and celebrate together. Christmas brings with it happiness for so many of us, whether it be indulging in food, singing carols, buying presents or kids excitement- it really is an enjoyable time. For some it will [...]

It’s never too late to make a change!!

We often hear the phrase "I'm too old for that"! We hear a lot of excuses at Compass Physio in relation to not doing exercises or changing habits that can improve your health. The video below is a great example of how you can start to make a change if you put your mind to it. I appreciate [...]

Can you Really have a Slipped Disc?

Here at Compass Physio we see a LOT of back pain. It's the most common condition we treat so we are experts in this area. This week we are going to talk about one of the most common misconceptions that we see as Physiotherapists and that's “SLIPPED DISCS” Have you or do you know anyone who has been [...]

Top secrets to help relieve and prevent pelvic pain in pregnancy

Are you pregnant and experiencing hip or back pain associated with certain movements? Have your doctors mentioned SPD or PGP(Pelvic Girdle Pain)? If you’ve answered Yes to any of these we might be able to help! Pelvic girdle pain is an umbrella term for pain occurring in any of the joints associated with your pelvis or hip bones. [...]

Top tips for Endurance Event Recovery

Recovering from a marathon or endurance event is really important to help with resuming normal day to day life and reducing fatigue and muscle soreness. Although preparing for your next event may not be an immediate current thought, recovering properly will help to prevent future injury and improve subsequent performance. Why is it important and what happens to [...]

The benefits of joining a club

You're stuck in a rut.... You haven't done anything for yourself in years, you feel you're out of shape....Does any of this sound familiar? At Compass Physio in Kilkenny, Louth and Meath, we constantly advise people to become more active and healthier. We see how the modern lifestyle of working long hours and having a more sedentary life [...]

Is a Deep Tissue Massage for me?

Here at Compass Physio across our three sites in Enfield, Castlecomer and Tullyallen we have listened to your requests for qualified and highly trained therapists providing deep tissue massage services. We know have Jack in Castlecomer and Chloe in Enfield offering this service You can see their bios by following this link Staff Bios What is a Deep [...]

5 rules for choosing the correct shoes

We often get asked the question in our clinics in Castlecomer, Tullyallen and Enfield about what are the best pair of shoes to buy. This is a very difficult question to answer as it depends on your foot size, shape and what you do. It's the equivalent of choosing a tyres for your car. The shoes you wear [...]

Getting Strong IS for Older People Too

This week at Compass Physio we get to the bottom of the question “Should I do Strength Training as I get Older” Retirement can be an exciting time with the opportunity to create new routines and activities that you have never done before. It's a fact that As our muscle mass goes DOWN our risk of falls and [...]

Athletic Hip and Groin Pain

Here at Compass Physio in Castlecomer, Enfield and Tullyallen we see a lot of young athletes present to us with hip and groin pain. It is a big topic at the moment and has been highlighted recently in a number of sports medicine journals and wider media reports. It is deemed to be a particular issue within our [...]

Its time to Stand Up to Back Pain

On recent review of our clients across our Compass Physio sites in Enfield, Castlecomer and Tullyallen just over 40% of the people who come to see us present with back pain. Over 80% of us will have back pain at some point in our lifetimes. Here we advise on 6 of the many misconceptions that we constantly hear [...]

How to reduce injuries when running

Are you still having fun when you’re running? As a Chartered Physiotherapist we see a lot of runners at our clinics in Compass Physio, unfortunately most of the time they are injured! Running is a brilliant form of exercise and it’s a fantastic way to reduce stress, improve mental well being and your physical health. However, as with [...]

How Physiotherapy Can Help Your Mental Helath

Here at Compass Physio across all our locations in Meath, Kilkenny and Louth we are looking forward to celebrating World Physiotherapy Day this coming Saturday 8th September. The theme worldwide for this year is Physiotherapy and Mental Health. “Exercise is shown to improve the quality of life and self esteem of people experiencing mental health issues.” The Cold [...]