Susan Boland, Nutritional Therapist DipIHS, NTOI
I hold a diploma in Nutritional Therapy (DipIHS) in Ireland and I’m a member of NTOI (Nutritional Therapists of Ireland) and also studied in London with Patrick Holford at ION (Institute of Nutrition).
I am a Sports Trainer and a member of P.E.A. (Physical Education Association) England I.E.T.A.
I hold many certificates in nutrition and fitness ranging from 1984 to date in both England and Ireland.
I am a former Athlete who ran for Dublin during 1970’s. I write health and fitness articles for local newspapers.
Karen Byrne, RGN, Bone Densitometrist
I am a Registered General Nurse trained in St Vincents University Hospital, Elm Park and qualified in 1987. After qualifying I worked as a Senior Staff Nurse specializing in Gastro-intestinal, Genito- urinary and Geriatric areas. In recent years I have up- skilled to become a bone densitometrist.
I did extensive research to find the most up to date technology representing a non-invasive ultrasound scanning system used to check bone density.
During my training I specialised in scanning individuals with risk factors for osteoporosis.
I will carry out a bone density scan at regular intervals to monitor the progress you are making with our program in between your two yearly DXA scans.
The Physiotherapist will assess and review each client individually. Exercise is a key element in bone health and not just any exercise. In order to improve bone health a few types of exercise are used to make the bones tougher and less vulnerable to fracture.
Fractures are often caused by forces, or “loads,” that are greater than the bones can withstand. Exercises that target the muscles to assist bone strength can help improve posture, reducing the risk of fracture.
Bone Density Scanning
Karen provides bone density scans for our clients using the BeamMed Sunlight Miniomni ultrasound system. The scan is carried out on the radius (lower arm) and tibia (shin) and is part of your consultation with us. Because the scan is non-invasive and radiation free, it can be carried out regularly to monitor your progress with our program, in between your 2 yearly DXA scans.
A wide range of tests are available to you at our clinic. These tests are recommended according to your individual symptoms and needs, the results will allow us optimise your ongoing protocols and progression. Regulation of all the body’s systems is paramount for bone health.
Osteoporosis results from an imbalance between the ingestion and absorption of calcium into the body and its excretion. Loss of bone-building materials can occur as the body ages, and is particularly prevalent among post-menopausal women.
Each clients exercise program will be designed by the Physiotherapist and can be overseen by Susan
Resistance training using weights and gym machines has been shown to promote bone health by increasing your muscle strength and bone density. This consists of lifting weights in a slow, controlled manner. Varying your activities reduces your risk of getting bored and will stimulate more bone growth. Avoid the following:
Excessive forward bending of your back e.g. regular sit-ups and touching your toes with your legs straight. Exercises that involve bending and twisting of your spine at the same time. High impact exercise as this increases your risk of developing or aggravating a back, hip, knee or ankle problem as well as the osteoporosis itself. Try to pick an activity that you know you like, so you will not dread having to do it.
Physiotherapists working with Osteoporosis Clinic Ireland
Mary Mc Callan MISCP MSc (Sports & Exercise), BSc. Mary graduated from UCD in 2005 with an honors degree in Physiotherapy. Mary is a Chartered Physiotherapist which means she is a member of the Irish regulatory body – the ISCP. She has over 13 years’ experience in hospital settings specializing in Musculoskeletal, Occupational health, Rheumatology and Women’s Health. She set up Falls prevention and osteoporosis classes and runs weekly pilates classes. Mary is an expert in quality detailed assessments and individualised treatment plans.
Physiotherapy is important in Osteoporosis to strengthen muscles and bones, improve balance, manage pain, reduce falls and prevent bone thinning. Physiotherapy led group exercise programmes have been shown to be effective and to reduce falls and the risk of falling (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy). Mary will assess you and provide advice and specific weight bearing exercises to improve function and quality of life in a safe and holistic way. Postural, flexibility, and balance exercises along with strengthening ensures the exercise program will be suitably paced and specific to the individual goals and lifestyle.
Mariana Dimitr is a Chartered Physiotherapist who graduated with a MCs degree in Physiotherapy. Mariana is a member of CORU and the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
Her past experience includes age related rehabilitation; Orthopaedic physiotherapy; Neurological physiotherapy; Cardio-vascular physiotherapy; Respiratory physiotherapy; Intensive Care physiotherapy; Pre- and Post- Operative physiotherapy; Pediatric physiotherapy.
As a Physiotherapist Mariana helps people suffering from osteoporosis, by assessing their condition, developing treatment plans, recommending physical exercises, offering advice, and helping with pain management. Physiotherapy, in particular physical exercises, and bone health play an important part in helping to reduce risk of osteopenia/osteoporosis and it is also an important aspect of treatment.
Ibolya Giba graduated in 2008 with a Bsc. in Physiotherapy and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
Ibolya is a truly caring and talented individual, who has experience of working in both hospitals and private practices. In 2012, she began working as a self-employed physiotherapist.
Since then, she has also provided physiotherapy services to many sports teams before, during and after matches.
Ibolya has continued her professional development in Ireland by completing courses in myofascial trigger point therapy, STOTT Pilates, low back pain and dry needling.
Ibolya has a special interest in osteoporosis. She is a great believer of exercises improving bone density and has experience in providing personalized exercise programs, that are manageable and enjoyable too.
Stephen Gillman is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Acupuncturist who gained PostGraduate experience in Advanced Sports Massage, Anatomy in Motion andNeuro-Musculoskeletal assessment. In addition, he is an accredited Pilatesinstructor.
His past experience includes working for the NHS in the UK, as Consultant Physiotherapist to Manchester City Football Club Academy for five years, BurnageRugby Club and to Great Britain’s Olympic Taekwondo team.Stephen’s ethos is on attaining the correct diagnosis, followed by the planning of themost effective holistic treatment for his patients.
Titus graduated in 2003 from Dr.MGR. Medical University, India with a BSc degree in Physiotherapy. Titus also completed his Masters in Paediatric Physiotherapy in 2007 from Mahatma Gandhi University, India. Titus is amember of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and the Indian Association of Physiotherapy.
Since he qualified, he was working in Regional Institute for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in India treating children with various disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Downs syndrome, Spina Bifida, Developmental Delay etc. It is important for you to be assessed by a Chartered Physiotherapist who has extensive experience in treating patients with Osteoporosis/Osteopenia, prior to commencing a new exercise program or activity. Titus can carry out a comprehensive exercise screening assessment and provide you with an individualised exercise program that will be safe and beneficial for your condition and bone profile.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO SEE US?
Osteoporosis has been called “the silent disease” because bone loss occurs initially without symptoms
We assist you to improve your bone health
Individual specific nutrition advice based on your symptoms
Weight bearing exercises to target the improvement of bone density
Bone density scanning to determine osteoporosis risk index
Supplements explained based on each client’s needs
Testing available to identify individual requirements
DXA scan explained
Preventable measures addressed for those predisposed to osteoporosis eg. early menopause/ family history
Many conditions can be associated with the development of osteoporosis
WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO MEET WITH YOU TO DISCUSS YOUR BONE HEALTH NEEDS.
SO VISIT US AT OSTEOPOROSIS CLINIC IRELAND AND START YOUR JOURNEY TO HEALTHY BONES.