26 Douglas West, Douglas, Cork. Tel : 021 489 0300/021 489 0303

Meet the Team

All our Physiotherapists are Chartered and expert in the provision of general physiotherapy services in the areas of Musculoskeletal, Sports Injury, Orthopaedic, Rheumatological, Respiratory, and Neurological Disorders in both children and adults. In addition, our Physiotherapists have developed higher levels of expertise in certain areas of more specialist clinical interest as a result of experience and undertaking further study.

Neasa Long M.I.S.C.P.

Neasa Long

Neasa Long qualified from University College Dublin in 1991 with a B.Sc (Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy. She gained a broad range of experience working in The Bon Secours Hospital, Cork and in private practices in the Cork city and county before setting up Neasa Long Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic in Douglas in 1997.

Neasa has over 20 years of experience in assessing musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries, being involved with athletes at club, county and national level.

Neasa specialises in the treatment of spinal musculoskeletal problems and has completed post-graduate courses in Manipulative Therapy with the McKenzie Institute, UK, in the assessment and treatment of mecnaical disorders and discal derangement of the spine. She is also qualified as a licensed Myofascial trigger Point Dry Needling clinician.

Neasa has also completed post-graduate courses in the area of women’s health and has developed specialist knowledge and considerable experience in the effective treatment and management of incontinence and pre- and post-natal care.

She is a member of the Clinical Interest Groups for Chartered Physiotherapists in Orthopaedic Medicine and also in Women’s Health. She is regularly requested to prepare medico-legal reports and provide expert witness evidence for the Courts in personal injury cases, particularly of a musculoskeletal and orthopaedic nature.

Rachel Ormond M.I.S.C.P.

Rachel Ormond

Rachel completed her undergraduate training in Trinity College Dublin and graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy in 1998. During the next two years she developed a strong interest in Cerebral Palsy and neurological rehabilitation at Cope Foundation Cork and Cork University Hospital (C.U.H.). This led to her appointment as Senior Physiotherapist in Care of the Elderly and Neurological Rehabilitation at C.U.H. in 2001. After 3 years in this role she moved into private practice and has gained considerable experience in the management of musculoskeletal injuries and neurological disorders.

Her postgraduate training and continuing professional development profile includes completion of the Bobath Neurodevelopmental Therapy modules and courses relating to the management of spinal and peripheral musculoskeletal disorders.

She is qualified as both a licensed Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling clinician and as a certified Kinesio Taping Technique practitioner.

Since 2004 she has provided consultancy physiotherapy specialising in physiotherapy report writing and expert witness evidence to the Courts in personal injury cases resulting in neurological impairment and intellectual disability. In 2006 she became a Partner in Neasa Long Partnership Physiotherapy Clinic. She is a member of the Clinical Interest Groups for Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology and Gerontology (CPNG) and also Intellectual Disability (CPID).

Barbara Downes M.I.S.C.P.

Barbara Downes

Barbara obtained her B.Sc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree from U.C.D. in 1988. After qualification, she worked in general and orthopaedic hospitals in Ireland before moving to Australia. There, she furthered her experience in general physiotherapy practice in university teaching hospitals and gained considerable expertise in manual musculoskeletal physiotherapy in private practice over a number of years.

On her return to Ireland, Barbara has worked exclusively in private practice over the last 20 years. As part of her commitment to continuing professional development, she has undertaken numerous postgraduate course, particularly in her specialist areas of musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries. Recently, she became a certified practitioner of the Kinesio Taping Technique. She has always enjoyed providing physiotherapy both on and off the field of play and she continues to work regularly with Gaelic Football, Camogie and Soccer teams in particular.

The vast clinical experience she has acquired has equipped her with a wide range of skills to accurately assess and diagnose the cause of pain or dysfunction and successfully implement the appropriate treatment and rehabilitation strategies.

Louise Whitely M.I.S.C.P.

Louise Whitely

Louise qualified with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy from University College Dublin and has full membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. Since qualification she has worked in Private Practice in both Kilkenny and Waterford, gaining extensive experience in the management musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries rehabilitation.

She has also maintained a strong commitment to continuing professional development and has undertaken further study in peripheral and spinal musculoskeletal conditions. She has also gained certification in trigger point dry needling, dynamic taping and the prescription of orthotic devices. She has completed pitch-side sports injury intervention and first aid courses and has worked with sports teams at both club and national level.

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