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Emphasis on rehab at Kerry Physiotherapy

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Ideally located in the heart of Killarney town, Kerry Physiotherapy provides a wealth of expertise and the very best treatments to help you get back to your best as quickly as possible. Whether you’re dealing with a sports injury or nagging back pain, a hip replacement or post-natal issues, the team at Kerry Physiotherapy are on hand to point you in the right direction. The emphasis is on rehab and helping clients to help themselves, says chartered physiotherapist Ruth Allen.

“It’s not just about coming in and getting a loosening out,” she explains. “Yes, we’ll assess you and we’ll do some manual therapy but I’m not going to do that for the next six months. What we want to do is identify problems and then address them, and the best way of addressing weaknesses is by strengthening. We’ll give you exercises to do, be it stretching or yoga, and try to get you into the gym.

“We work closely with personal trainers. Myself and Bobby from Peak Performance do a movement therapy clinic once a month where we deal with some sort of problem, such as back pain, hamstring problems and shoulder pain. I talk about what we do from a physio’s perspective and then we bring you through to the gym where you get supervised strength and conditioning tips.”

Ruth and her team, which also includes chartered physiotherapist Kieran O’Shea, athletic therapist Cillian Fitzgerald and women’s pelvic health specialist Fiona Healy O’Connor, are all about encouraging you to maintain your active lifestyle.

“I’d be very slow to tell someone that they couldn’t play a football match, unless they really couldn’t,” Ruth says. “If you pull your hamstring, for example, you can’t run, so you can’t do it. But we definitely try to facilitate patients as much as possible to partake in their activity. I guess the fact that we’ve got such experience in sport as well, that obviously helps.”

Ruth is currently in her third year working with the Kerry juniors having previously been part of the Kerry senior set-up for two years, as well as the U-21 set-up for three years. She has also done physio for a host of GAA clubs around the county including Spa, Dr Crokes, Glenflesk, Kilcummin and Dromid, while Kieran O’Shea has also worked with the Kerry minors for a couple of years.

Kerry Physiotherapy is the only clinic in Kerry that offers shockwave therapy, which is a novel form of treating tendons and heel spurs. “It’s really, really effective with heel spurs and plantar faciitis. It tries to stimulate the tendon to push through the processes of healing and inflammation,” Ruth explains.

The modern facility, which is located above Sewell’s Pharmacy on New Street, has separate treatment rooms allowing multiple patients to be treated at once. Office Manager Gemma Eames is on hand to make sure the whole operation runs as smoothly as possible and there is always someone on hand to take calls at reception.

For more information or to book an appointment, visit kerryphysiotherapy.ie, call 064-6670960 or email info@kerryphysiotherapy.ie.

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By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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By Michelle Crean

A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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