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SPORTS INJURIES

Relieving your
pain quicker via joint
mobility techniques, massage,
electrotherapy and dry needling

slide1Bray Physiotherapy specialist based in the heart of Bray. Specialising in Sports injuries, Physiotherapy, Pilates, Dry Needling and more.

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PHYSIOTHERAPY

Restore your body to its full functional potential

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PILATES

Focus on improving the conditioning of the entire body

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DRY NEEDLING

Treat muscle pain and stiffness, headaches, back pain and nerve pain

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Manual Handling

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Bone Health & Osteoporosis Physiotherapy

STRONG, STEADY, STRAIGHT

Osteoporosis, often described as the silent underminer of bone strength, can turn a minor bump into a major fracture. This condition, known for its fragile bone consequences, frequently targets wrists, hips, and the spine. Though women face an elevated risk, Osteoporosis doesn’t discriminate and can affect men and even younger individuals, often due to underlying health issues or medications. At Niamh Coffey Physiotherapy, we’ve embraced a proactive approach to help you build bone strength, enhance balance, and fortify against the risk of fractures.

Exploring Risk Factors For Osteoporosis

  • Gender: Women are more prone to Osteoporosis, especially after menopause.
  • Medications: Certain drugs, such as those for breast and prostate cancer, anti-epileptics, and steroids, can weaken bones.
  • Medical Conditions: Inflammatory diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s, and celiac disease can contribute to Osteoporosis.
  • Lifestyle Choices: Smoking, being underweight or overweight, and a lack of physical activity can increase the risk of developing Osteoporosis.
  • Diagnosing Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis rarely exhibits symptoms like pain or stiffness; often, the first sign is a fracture. Diagnosis is commonly performed through a DXA scan, measuring bone mineral density in the hip and spine. Lower density indicates higher fracture risk. Additionally, the Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) predicts fracture risk over the next decade, considering various factors.

    Treatment and Management

    If diagnosed, anti-osteoporotic drugs are prescribed to strengthen bones and prevent future fractures. These drugs come in various forms, including tablets, infusions, solutions, and injections. The choice depends on individual lifestyles and preferences. For detailed dietary and vitamin information, visit the Royal Osteoporosis Society’s website.

    How can I keep my bones healthy?

    Bones can be kept as healthy as possible through diet, vitamin supplements and physical exercise. For more information on diet and vitamins for healthy bones please visit the Royal Osteoporosis Society website at www.theros.org.uk

    Exercise Therapy

    Exercising safely, guided by a chartered physiotherapist, aids in building and preserving bone strength. Activities like walking, jogging, resistance exercises, and even activities such as swimming, gardening, and golf are beneficial. Practices like Pilates, Yoga, and Tai Chi, guided by professionals, improve bone strength, balance, and overall well-being.

    Strong, Steady, Straight

    Explore the Strong Steady Straight program, developed by expert physiotherapists and exercise therapists from The Royal Osteoporosis Society. This program encourages individuals with Osteoporosis to maintain a physically active lifestyle, as it enhances bone strength, reduces fall risks, and helps manage vertebral fracture symptoms. Niamh Coffey Physiotherapy adopts this program to guide safe exercises that build muscle, improve balance, and reduce the risk of fractures. For more information, contact us at 01-6856124 or email info@niamhcoffeyphysiotherapy.com.

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