Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic was one of the first private physiotherapy clinics in Dublin. Physiotherapy or physical therapy can be defined as a method that helps to restore movement and function when somebody has been affected by an injury, illness or disability. Since being established in 1984, the aim of the health clinic has been to have a patient-centred and evidence-based approach, at the core of service delivery.
Upon assessment and diagnosis of each patient, treatment is individually prescribed to address the needs of the patient and includes the following:
- Specific treatment modalities
- Exercise prescription
- Self-management techniques
Here at our private clinic in Dublin 4, our physiotherapists have a strong commitment to providing a highly-professional service and at all times adhere to the clinical guidance and advisories of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, the World Confederation of Physical Therapists and the Health Service Executive.
Aileen Maguire, BSc (Physio) MISCP
Aileen graduated in 1989 from Trinity College Dublin. She initially worked within the health service in both Ireland and Australia. In 1994 she commenced working in private practice and joined the clinic in Wellington Rd in 2000. In 2012 became the Clinic Director. In addition to running the practice and carrying a specialist clinical case-load she works one day a week as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist (Msk) in the Mater University Hospital. In this setting she works within a multi-disciplinary team; managing a complex case-load of musculo-skeletal and continence patients .
Over the years Aileen has built her clinical experience while working with national and international athletes within sports as diverse as rugby, GAA and mountain climbing. In the musculoskeletal field her particular interest is in lower limb injuries and biomechanics (probably because she has incurred a fair few herself!!). She has extensive experience in orthotics prescription and treats “the feet” in the practice.
In 2002 she completed a post-registration course in Women’s Health and since then has run the bowel and bladder continence service in the clinic. Pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy is a particular area of interest. For many years this was a musculoskeletal problem often relegated to “normal” in pregnancy. Combining her musculoskeletal skills and additional knowledge in the management of continence gives Aileen a unique perspective in the treatment of this patient group. She is a guest lecturer on the undergraduate/masters’ graduate programmes in both UCD and RCSI on this topic. She has also lectured her graduate colleagues working in the community setting and most recently was a guest lecturer at the Continence Promotion Study Day for nursing staff held in the Mater Hospital Dublin.
Aileen was elected to the board of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in 2014. The ISCP is the accrediting body for Physiotherapists in Ireland on behalf of the Dept of Health and Children.
In her spare time she likes to run, play golf and watch sport. She completed the “Sea2Summit” in Westport last year and has signed up for it again in 2015; it’s the appeal of Croagh Patrick!
- –David Richards, BSc (Physio), MCSP
David is the former physiotherapist to the Senior Men’s Irish Hockey Team and is an accredited service provider to the Irish Institute of Sport providing care to Irish athletes across a number of disciplines (inc. athletics, cycling, rowing).
Having graduated from the University of East London in 1998 with a BSc Honors in Physiotherapy David initially worked in the NHS, to a senior level, before going into private practice in London. In 2006 he moved to Dublin to study Masters level Sports Medicine at Trinity College.
He has worked within a variety of sports, and has had appointments with West Ham United Football Club, Crystal Palace Football Club, English Lacrosse, Ireland A and Ireland U16’s hockey teams, Dublin GAA (hurlers) and Lansdowne Rugby.
David’s main areas of expertise are lower limb and sports rehabilitation, functional screening and rehabilitation, pre-participation screening and athletic conditioning. He also has extensive experience in treating all neuro-musculoskeletal, shoulder, neck and low back pain, and was instrumental in setting up low back pain protocols for a large NHS primary care trust in South West London.
David teaches anatomy and functional anatomy on the undergraduate Physiotherapy programme at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, and coaches academy age footballers at Home Farm F.C in his spare time.
- +Vivian Hanrahan, MISCP MCSP
Vivian graduated from UCD in 1974 and worked within the Health Service with children and adults for ten years. She was one of the founding members of the practice and has a particular interest in work related back and neck pain. In addition, she has extensive experience in the management of chronic conditions such as arthritis and pre- and post- op care following joint replacement.
- +Olive McCafferty , BSc(Physio), MSc (Sports & Exercise Medicine)
Olive graduated from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, with an honours degree in Physiotherapy. Following this, Olive worked in NHS Scotland gaining experience in a large variety of clinical settings, including musculoskeletal, amputee rehabilitation, cystic fibrosis and orthopaedics to name but a few.
In 2016, Olive moved to Dublin to complete an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine in Trinity College Dublin. She completed her research project on triathletes and now has a deep understanding of this demanding sport and the injuries that come with it. She will be presenting her research project at the annual Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine conference this year. The masters has also provided Olive with indepth knowledge in the assessment and treatment of of elite and recreational athletes, taking into account their training regime and fitness goals. While completing her masters, Olive worked with the Trinity GAA club, treating both men’s Gaelic footballers and hurlers.
As well as working with a sporting population, following on from her masters Olive has a special interest in working with people with chronic health conditions. These include diabetes, heart and lung disease, as well as chronic back and neck pain, and individuals leading a sedentary lifestyle such as office based workers. She has expertise in individualising exercise programmes and completing ergonomic assessments, to optimise a person’s quality of life while taking into account their health status.
Olive is a trained Pilates instructor having completed the Matwork APPI courses. She enjoys teaching both group and one to one Pilates classes and can tailor Pilates programmes to target back, neck, lower limb and postural injuries. Olive has also taught a back rehabilitation class while working in the NHS.
When she is not working, Olive enjoys keeping fit and healthy through cycling, running, going to the gym and playing Gaelic football.
- +Anne McGrath, Practice Administrator
Anne joined Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic in 2011 after spending 19 years as an administrator in a financial organisation. Her aim is to enhance the patient’s experience in the clinic and she will be your initial point of contact whether by telephone, email or face to face.