Bláithín Brady is a fully licensed Charted Physiotherapist with current membership of the Irish Society of Charted Physiotherapist. Bláithín is also on the committee for the branch of Charted Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine and is currently undertaking her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy part time at UCD. Since graduating from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, she has worked in various private practices in Longford, Mayo and Dublin as well as with the Multiple Sclerosis Society carrying out home visits and exercise classes for its members.
She has a keen interest in Musculoskeletal and Sports based Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation and has obtained post graduate qualifications in Dry Needling, Mulligan’s Technique, Biomechanics of the shoulder and hip, sports taping, massage, exercise prescription and The Orthotic Group practitioner course.
Blaithín has worked alongside many sports teams including Leinster Junior Rugby team, Monkstown RFC, DIT Rugby, Longford Minor footballers, Leitrim Senior and Minor footballers , Longford Town Football Club and the Mayo U.21 and Minor football teams. She is also the head Physiotherapist at this years Airtricity Dublin City marathon for the second year.
When not working, she has a keen interest in all sports and plays Gaelic Football with local side Ranelagh Gaels and follows both provincial and international rugby closely. Bláithín has competed at both inter-county and intervarsity level in Gaelic Football and she understands how important it is to assess, treat and rehabilitate any injuries that may arise to ensure a quick and safe return to sport.
Bláithín is the lead Physiotherapist here at Old Bawn and has extensive experience in private practice. She will provide a comprehensive assessment and treatment programme that takes into account your current capacity, lifestyle, any sporting activities and your goals for rehabilitation. Every treatment is specific to the patient and the patient’s goals which will be discussed at the initial consultation.
She specialises in the treatment of sports and musculoskeletal injuries such as: Low Back Pain, Neck pain, ligament tears, muscle tears, joint problems, radiculopathy, discal pathologies, arthritic pain, hip and shoulder impingement, fractures and dislocations.
She uses many different treatment techniques such as dry needling, manual therapy, manipulation and mobilisation, soft tissue massage, deep tissue massage, neurological facilitation techniques and specific exercise program and flexibility prescription.
Bláithín treats many many clients who are competing in a sports at various levels and believes it is imperative to have an exercise program tailored to each individual athlete that is specific to their injury and their sport as research has shown that this can accelerate rehabilitation and prevent recurrence of injuries.
Our Chartered Physiotherapist Bláithín Brady provides a Physiotherapy home visit service for patients who are either unable to leave their home or those that cannot commute to the clinic.
These visits last between 45 and 60 minutes. We have a portable physiotherapy plinth and essentially bring the Physiotherapy clinic to your own home.
With this service Bláithín can assess each client’s injury and mobility issues in their own home and treat as appropriate. She will also provide a home exercise program which will be specific to each client and their goals. She will work in close contact with your GP and hospital if you have just been discharged from there to ensure that you are receiving a high standard of multi-disciplinary care.
Sports Specific Exercise Prescription
When it comes to injury rehabilitation Bláithín is constantly researching the most appropriate and effective types of exercise to ensure and efficient and safe return to sport. She understand that not all athletes have access to a gym so these exercises will be tailored to your injury and the facilities that you have available to you.
In order to reduce the risk of injury we use a Functional Movement Systems screening tool to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality in individuals with no current pain complaint or known musculoskeletal injury. The screen is graded and from each test we can distinguish if their is a stability or flexibility issue. Following the screen Bláithín will provide each athlete with a specific exercise program aimed at improving the asymmetries that are found in the test.