The hand is really only a small part of what a hand therapist treats; it includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. Injuries and conditions affecting any part of your arm or hand can result in you being unable to perform normal tasks; whether those are work, leisure or self-care tasks.
Karen can offer effective and timely treatment with skills that have been gained through study and practice of Hand Therapy. This means that any pain, stiffness or non-use is dealt with quickly, and you are back to doing everything again as quickly as possible.
Conditions can include:
- Sprains and strains
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Hypersensitive Scars
- Post-surgery management
Please feel free to get in touch with Karen to arrange an assessment at a time that suits you.
Medical-Legal Assessment and Reporting
Karen has been providing a medical legal assessment and reporting service for the last 9 years. This involves assessment of upper limb conditions at the request of a solicitor, and providing the court with a report detailing the issues and the functional implications. The assessment is completed in the client’s own home, and the report is guaranteed within 2 weeks.
Women's Health Physiotherapy
1 in 3 women experience women’s health problems in their lifetime. Many, however, tolerate these problems for years as they are too embarrassed to seek help or are unaware that there are treatments available.
Anne-Marie offers a comprehensive assessment in a confidential setting with specialist treatment and management of many women’s health issues and treats the following conditions;
- Bladder and bowel dysfunction
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pelvic pain
- Sexual dysfunction
- Pregnancy related back and pelvic pain
- Abdominal separation following childbirth (Diastasis Recti)
The treatments offered at the clinic are;
- Rehabilitative pelvic floor exercises
- Internal manual therapy techniques
- Electrical stimulation
- Biofeedback therapy
- Advice on toileting and positional modifications
- Advice on pregnancy, labour and childbirth
- Musculoskeletal manual therapy for pregnancy-related back and pelvic pain
- Exercise in pregnancy
- Core stability postnatally
The ‘Mummy Matters’ postnatal check
Many women ignore pelvic health problems as they are busy raising a family and working. However, the earlier you seek help for these issues the better the outcome is likely to be. It doesn’t matter if you are 12 weeks, 12 months or 12 years postnatal but it DOES MATTER if you:
- Leak when you cough/laugh/sneeze
- Run to the toilet a lot
- Feel that ‘things’ are down a bit
- Have difficulty with wind or bowel control
- Experience pain during sex
- Have very weak abdominals
- Have a separation of your abdominal muscles
The ‘Mummy Matters’ postnatal check offers a comprehensive assessment of the pelvic floor, abdominals and low back and the treatment of any issues uncovered. It also includes back care, return to work and return to exercise/sport advice.
Karen Murphy MS, OT, CHT, AHT
Karen graduated with a BSc (Hons.) in Occupational Therapy from University of Ulster in 2000. After 2 years locuming in the UK and Ireland, Karen moved to the U.S. Her practice there involved neurological rehabilitation within a hospital setting, and in out-patient clinics.
In 2004 Karen began her Hand Therapy journey, culminating in gaining the prestigious Certified Hand Therapist qualification in 2007. In that time she also completed her MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy.
Karen’s sole practice since 2004 has been in the area of rehabilitation in of the upper limb. This is a dynamic and varied practice, involving the treatment of any and all injuries and conditions that can affect the upper limb throughout a person’s lifetime. This has required continuous and invested study and learning, which she enjoys immensely- the word ‘geek’ comes to mind!
In 2009 Karen moved home to N Ireland, and was the sole founder of the practice of Hand Therapy within the Western Health and Social Care Trust. This involves working closely with the Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeons to ensure the most effective and acceptable programme of care for her clients.
Karen enjoys the intricacies of the upper limb, and loves to see her patients satisfied through their entire recovery and management.
Anne-Marie Campbell BSc (Hons.), MCSP, POGP
Anne-Marie graduated from the University of Ulster with a BSc (Hons.) in 2001. She took up a position at Our Lady’s Hospital in Leitrim before returning to her home town to take up a junior rotational position at Altnagelvin Hospital in January 2003. In October of the same year she embarked on her career as a Women’s Health physiotherapist and now has over 15 years experience in her speciality. Over the years she has continued to learn and advance her skills in the field of pelvic health and is now a Specialist Physiotherapist in Women’s Health.