Anne and Helen met while working in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin and set up a private practice together in the early 90’s. Travel and children intervened and while Helen lived in London she had the experience of treating patients at home. This has become an innovative way of providing physiotherapy services in Australia, Canada and the UK. We believe this unique model of physiotherapy provision allows for personalised therapy and exercise prescription.
We are excited about starting this new venture in Dublin in 2014
Helen has extensive experience to aid your recovery due to working in hospitals, private practice and treating patients in their home. While Senior Physiotherapist in Beaumont hospital she was responsible for patients with back and leg pain, recovery post fracture, soft tissue sprains, sports injuries, rheumatology, arthritis and foot problems needing assessment for orthotics. When in private practice in UK and Ireland she developed an expertise in personalised exercise programmes which are ideal for home treatment. She has designed screening programmes for injury prevention for the Irish Cycling Squad and the Junior Swim team. This is an important skill when advising patients on avoiding recurrence after injury.
It was when working in the UK that she experienced the concept of treating patients in their own homes and it’s benefits of making people more independent and motivated about their rehabilitation. She has also cared for both her parents at home while seriously ill so understands the challenges of this and that carers must work as a team to provide the best care for the patient at home.
Academically she undertook post graduate qualifications in Manual Therapy (University of Ulster )and Sports Medicine (TCD) following her basic degree from TCD where she came 1st place in her final year. She subsequently became a lecturer and clinical tutor on both these courses. She has given public lectures on back pain and been interviewed on radio and in national newspapers on the subject of physiotherapy and sport. She was co author of “Physiotherapy:an Educational booklet for GPs”
Helens areas of interest are spinal pain and rehabilitation, orthopaedics including fractures and joint replacements, exercise programmes, falls and balance in the elderly and biomechanics.
Anne O Callaghan
Anne graduated as a Chartered Physiotherapist from UCD in 1982 and has worked in general hospitals, in the community and in private practice both in Dublin and in Canada. She has gained expertise in the areas of rheumatology, orthopaedics and musculo skeletal conditions.
Post graduate qualifications include Northern Ireland Manual Therapy Diploma and the Diploma in Health, Safety and Welfare at Work, UCD. She has lectured on the Masters in Sports Medicine, TCD.
Anne’s special interests include exercise therapy, especially for older people, for both health and fitness and for medical conditions , for example osteoporosis, arthritis and chronic pain. She is passionate about the benefits of prescribed exercise for older people, both for physical and mental well being.
She has many years experience using manual therapy and dry needling for musculoskeletal conditions and in the biomechanical assessment of lower limb injuries, including the prescription of orthotics. As a recreational runner and tennis player, Anne has a particular interest in injuries associated with these sports.
While working in private practice, Anne saw the value in seeing sportspeople in their clubs and on the sportsfield, and has treated people at home when they have had difficulty attending the clinic.
She has advised on office ergonomics and injury prevention in the workplace.