Sligo Physio Space has been created by Claire McGuinness, a Physiotherapist with extensive experience in Sports Physiotherapy, Pilates & Yoga
Who are we
Claire has been a physiotherapist for over 15 years. She worked initially in Sligo General hospital before moving to Australia to pursue experience in private practice and sports. She is nearing completion of a sports physiotherapy masters with the University of Bath in the UK. Claire has gained extensive experience in sports physiotherapy working with professional rugby teams in Australia and more recently with the IRFU. She has also worked at a high level in gymnastics, AFL and GAA. She has also gained international experience with the Irish women’s hockey team. While working in Melbourne sports physiotherapy, which was an elite sports private practice, she specialised in youth athletes and endurance athletes such as triathletes.
Claire is also qualified to teach yoga and pilates and has been teaching yoga, reformer and mat pilates in Ireland and Australia for nearly ten years. In more recent years she has also completed training in strength and conditioning and using her extensive knowledge she is adept at prescribing tailor-made exercise programs to suit your needs. It is Claire’s belief that exercise is a fundamental part of physiotherapy treatment, and aims to use exercise to allow you to not only fix your problem but to help you improve your performance in everyday activities or sport.
Claire has also gained valuable experience working in Melbourne Headache Centre, a physiotherapy clinic that specialises in hands on therapy for treating headaches and migraines. Claire is one of few physiotherapists in Ireland to have trained in the Watson headache approach, which has revolutionized the treatment of headaches and migraines in Australia.
Claire has been very lucky to work in a variety of incredible environments and has studied and worked with extremely experienced and knowledgeable mentors all over the world, which has helped shape her into the physio she is today.
Claire is an active person who loves the outdoors and especially the rugged wildness of the west coast of Ireland, she is a keen surfer, and has played GAA, rugby, tag rugby, completed a half marathon and has injured most of her body so she understands the trials and tribulations of being injured. She has also suffered chronic lower back pain in the past and is strongly empathetic with anyone in pain and will do her best to assist you on the road to recovery no matter where you are in your journey.
What to expect from your visit
Excellent service begins with a detailed verbal and physical assessment in order to establish the cause of your problem. You will be provided with a clear explanation of the nature of your problem and the necessary treatment required to resolve it. We will work with your goals to achieve your desired outcome. You will be provided with appropriate manual therapy including joint mobilisations and dry needling, detailed advice on how to best manage your condition and a person specific exercise program to help accelerate your recovery.
What to bring
Shorts or a vest top are advisable but not necessary. You can also bring any imaging or referral letters that relate to your problem, again not necessary.
Do I need a referral?
Not at all, Physiotherapists are first line practitioners and no referral is necessary. As Physiotherapists work closely with doctors and other health professionals, they will often recommend that you see a physiotherapist and may provide you with a referral, which is great and much appreciated.
Health Provider Cover
As chartered physiotherapists we are covered by all the major health insurers. If you check with your provider they can advise you on what level of cover you have and how much of the costs will be covered.
Cost of a standard physiotherapy consultation is 55 euro. A headache/migraine initial consultation is 120 euro (extended consult) and follow up is 60 euro.
A receipt will be issued following your session, which is essential if you wish to reclaim a portion of the cost and can be done as follows:
20% tax relief can be claimed on all medical expenses including visits to a chartered Physiotherapist. This can be done by completing a revenue commissioner’s med1 form via www.revenue.ie
Allowances for visits to a chartered physiotherapist vary depending on the insurer and the policy, so contact your provider for your policy details.
Sligo Physio Space operates a 24 hour cancellation policy. Please contact the clinic to cancel your appointment within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment, in order to avoid the cancellation fee which is 50% of your appointment fee.