Cork Physical Therapy, Andrea O Riordan. Sports Injury, Cranio Dry Needling, Exercise Prescription, Rehab, Osteopathy techniques, Manipulative Therapy, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue 085 109 7478


Services And Treatments

What to expect for your Physical Therapy session:

Sessions are one hour for the first visit and 45 minutes thereafter; if needed. The first session is longer to allow for an in-depth client history, postural analysis, along with orthopaedic testing to allow for an accurate diagnosis. The treatment is mainly hands on – sometimes Electro-therapy may be used to assist with the treatment, and therefore, allowing the client to receive a positive treatment helping the client get back to pre-injury status.


Your Body is Important…

Remember your body is extremely important, so always ensure that you look for REGISTERED or ROSTI (Register of Orthopaedic soft tissue therapists of Ireland ) before you let someone treat you...


Musculoskeletal Conditions                                                                                                      

  • Headaches                                                                                                                                      
  • Repetitive strains
  • Back pain
  • Whiplash
  • Elbow & shoulder pain
  • Hip & knee
  • Ankle sprain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tennis & Golfers Elbow

Sports Injuries


  • Muscle tears & strains
  • Sprained ligaments
  • Groin strain
  • Runners knee / Jumpers knee
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Shin splints

Neurological Conditions

  • Sciatica
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Trapped Nerves


  • Pre and post surgery treatment
  • Post surgery rehabilitation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • TMJ (Tempomandibular Joint pain) Jaw
Specialised Treatments

Pregnancy Treatment Pelvic alignment/Massage




The pelvis is a bony ring consisting of the triangular shaped sacrum at the back and the two innominate bones that make up the sides and front. The sacrum is joined to the innominate bones at the sacroiliac joints or SIJ’s. These are located at the two dimples of your low back. The two innominate bones join anteriorly at the symphysis pubis.

The pelvis plays a vital role within the skeletal system as the solid foundation for the spine. Like with a house’s foundations, if the pelvis is not level then the rest of the spine sitting on top is affected.    The pelvis has many important roles to play in pregnancy. It needs to be stable and strong to support the growing weight of the baby, uterus and placenta to ensure good gait, posture and spinal alignment. At the same time, the pelvis needs to become soft and wide to enable delivery. It is in trying to serve both of these functions that there can be some conflict.

The term ‘alignment’ refers to one of the indicators Osteopaths use in determining how well the pelvis is functioning. With a patient lying, standing or sitting straight, we compare the symmetry of particular bony landmarks of the pelvis. The position of these landmarks, as well as the quality and quantity of movement in the joints and tone of the muscles gives us a picture of how well the pelvis is functioning. Somatic dysfunction is an Osteopathic term describing when the joints and surrounding tissues are not functioning at their optimal level. (With treatment, our aim is to resolve somatic dysfunction to achieve optimal function.)

The extra strain and conflicting functions of the pelvis in pregnancy can make somatic dysfunction and the associated ‘misalignment’ more likely to occur. If pre-existing somatic dysfunction is present, the often familiar symptoms are likely to be aggravated. Many women experience pain within the low backsacroiliac or pubic symphysis joints in pregnancy as well as tightness and discomfort in the surrounding pelvic muscles. One of the possible causes for these symptoms is somatic dysfunction of the pelvis and the associated ‘misalignment’.

Osteopathic Spinal Manipulative Treatment (OMT)

OMT is the therapeutic application of manually guided forces by an osteopathic , manipulative therapist to improve physiologic function and/or support homeostasis that has been altered by somatic dysfunction. Somatic dysfunction is defined as impaired or altered function of related components of the somatic (body framework) system: skeletal, arthrodial and myofascial structures and their related vascular, lymphatic and neural elements. Acute somatic dysfunction is an immediate or short-term impairment or altered function of related components of the somatic (body) framework. It is characterized in early stages by vasodilation, edema, tenderness, pain, and tissue contraction. It is diagnosed by history and palpatory assessment of tenderness, asymmetry of motion and relative position, restriction of motion and tissue texture change.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

MLD is a specialised therapy designed to improve the functioning of the lymphatic system thus enhancing the overall status of the immune system. Specific movements of the skin stimulate the contractions of the lymphatic vessels, thus a greater amount of metabolic waste products and excess fluid are removed from the tissues and returned to the lymphatic system for e...ventual elimination

MLD can be used to alleviate oedema in pregnancy, sinusitis, arthritis, acne, acne rosacea and cellulite. It promotes the healing of wounds, burns and can improve the appearance of new and old scars. MLD is also particularly good for traumatic bruising swelling and painful joints.

Quinn Healthcare approved (for oncology related conditions). VIVAS approved.

For Free Consultation to discuss your treatment plan, Call Andrea - 085 109 7478



Orthopaedic Trigger Point Dry Needling 

Dry Needling is a very successful medical treatment, which uses very thin needles without any medication (a dry needle) to achieve its aims. Dry Needling is used to treat pain and dysfunction caused by muscle problems. Studies have also shown it to treat sinus trouble, headaches, and nerve problems amongst a host of other ailments.

How does it work?
Dry Needling (also known as trigger point needling) is a scientifically proven form of treatment to treat trigger nerve endings. The needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at the myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to production and maintenance of the pain cycle. When the needle is inserted, very often a local twitch response is experienced. After a dry needling treatment the area in the muscle which has been treated feels much softer and relaxed and the person will feel looser. Very often people find that the pain they experience when a trigger point is being treated, be it local or referring, is a familiar type of pain or ache that they have. Different types of massage and manual therapies have proven to deactivate and relief the tender areas and pain which allowed the person to feel looser and less tight in their muscles.

How is it different to acupuncture?
There are many similarities and many differences between acupuncture and dry needling. Dry Needling is a newer, more modern technique than acupuncture. It is not Acupuncture. Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine, whereas Dry Needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research.


What is reflexology?

Reflexology has been practised for thousands of years. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all glands, organs, parts and systems of the body. 

Applying pressure to these reflex areas, using the thumb, finger and hand will result in the reduction of stress which promotes physiological changes in the body.

What can reflexology treat?