Sports Physio

We have vast experience in sports injuries here at Sligo Physio Space, whether you are a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, you are in safe hands. We have extensive knowledge of biomechanics and the functional requirements for your sport or activity, which we utilise to get you back to health. With sports injuries it is important we get a detailed assessment of your injury, and use this to provide you with a detailed treatment plan using the most up to date evidence. The key to recovery and prevention of similar injuries is gaining an understanding of the cause of the problem and fixing all potential causes of the problem. Rehabilitation will focus on a speedy recovery and may involve hands on treatment to ease any stiffness and pain, facilitating improved movement by reducing strain on overloaded structures. For a full sporting recovery exercise is essential and we will focus on flexibility, control and strength.

Common Sporting Groups we have worked with:

  • Gaelic football
  • Hurling
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Surfers
  • Australian rules football
  • Tennis
  • Runners
  • Triathletes
  • Swimmers
  • Weightlifting
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance and Performance
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Cricket

Spinal Physio

The spine, where would we be without it? It provides us with a solid base from which to function. It is divided into the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (midback) and lumbar spine (lower back). It is also the most likely culprit that will cause you pain and discomfort and seeking physiotherapy. Each region is susceptible to injury, and most of us will be affected with some form of neck and back pain in our lives. The good news is that as physiotherapists we are extremely experienced in treating your neck and back pain and it usually responds to the correct advice and treatment pretty quickly. However, if your problem is more chronic (long-lasting), you may need some extra sessions to learn how to manage the condition more effectively, but you shouldn’t worry as we are extremely experienced in helping you on the road to recovery from pain.

Common Spinal Conditions we treat:

  • Facet joint sprain
  • Disc irritations
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Wry neck
  • Headache
  • Migraine

Hip, Knee and Ankle Physiotherapy

We love treating your lower limb injuries, and having worked in physiotherapy in the hospital and sports settings we have seen a lot of lower limb complaints. The lower limb includes hip and groin problems, knee problems, and foot and ankle problems.

We have experience in sports, surgical, traumatic and chronic complaints. The initial aim of physiotherapy treatment will be to settle your pain, then restore your movement, strength and function. Your physiotherapy treatment will involve taping or bracing, massage, dry needling, exercise management, walk/run analysis and correction. You will be advised by your physiotherapist on reloading your joint and safe return to activity.

We are also extremely experienced in post-surgical lower limb conditions and have worked with numerous surgeons in following post-op protocols to enable safe return to your daily activities or sports.

Common lower limb conditions:


  • Hip OA
  • Hip labral tears
  • Adductor tendinopathy
  • Pubic symphysis dysfunction
  • Hip flexor issues
  • Quad tears
  • Hamstring tears and tendinopathies


  • Meniscal tears
  • ACL tears
  • Illiotibial band friction syndrome
  • Medial collateral ligament (mcl) sprain
  • Patellar tendon issues
  • Patello-femoral joint issues
  • Osgood Schlatters disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chondromalacia patella

Foot and Ankle

  • Achilles tendon issues
  • Calf muscle tears
  • Shin splints
  • Ankle sprains
  • Stress fractures

Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Physio

The shoulder and elbow are commonly injured areas of the body. These injuries can be the result of trauma or repeated daily use. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the upper body and has a complex interplay of muscle and ligaments acting on it to control movement and function, therefore injuries to the shoulder require careful examination and treatment. The elbow is a hinge joint and when injured can cause serious issues with stiffness, it is often the site of overuse injuries too. The wrist is susceptible to fractures and sprains. Careful assessment and management of your upper limb injury by your physiotherapist is vital to give you a speedy recovery.

Common upper limb conditions we treat:


  • Rotator cuff tears/tendinopathies
  • Labral tears
  • Biceps tendinopathies
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Shoulder OA
  • Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen shoulder)
  • AC joint injury
  • Shoulder instability
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Thrower’s shoulder


  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfers elbow
  • Hyperextension injuries
  • Ligament injuries
  • Fractured elbow


  • Fractured wrist
  • Fractured scaphoid
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Wrist sprain

Corporate Physio

Sligo Physio Space specialises in Corporate physiotherapy services. Given our experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, yoga and pilates we are in a prime position to help your company achieve its corporate wellness goals.

Services offered include:

  • chartered physiotherapy appointments
  • onsite massage appointments
  • onsite yoga and pilates classes
  • injury prevention screening.

Corporate physiotherapy aims to enhance your organization and culture through reduced workplace injury, increased productivity and fewer employee sick days.

Benefits of introducing this service in your workplace include:

  • Decreased absenteeism
  • Improved employee productivity
  • Improved mental health with reduced stress levels
  • Reduction in work related/overuse injuries
  • Improved physical activity levels
  • Improved postural awareness

We treat:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Work related injury
  • Repetitive strain injury

Adolescent Physiotherapy

Active children and adolescents are vulnerable to particular overuse injuries as their growing bodies struggle to cope with the demands of sport and exercise. At Sligo Physio Space we have extensive experience in youth sports physiotherapy and are adept at assessing adolescents and their specific injuries, we will then prescribe age-appropriate treatment and exercise to help target such injuries. Physiotherapy that focuses on stretching and strengthening are essential to allow children and athletes to continue to enjoy the benefits of sport and exercise.

Sports Massage and Physiotherapy

Do physiotherapists use Sports massage?

Yes as part of a comprehensive treatment program that includes exercise, advice and load management, your physiotherapist will also incorporate sports massage.

What is Sports massage?

Sports massage incorporates specific massage techniques to effect muscle, tendon, ligament and fascia. It is generally applied to a focal point where the athlete is complaining of pain, dysfunction or reduced performance. The main aim is to reduce pain and swelling, release muscle tension, relax the nervous system and allow post activity recovery. Massage is a great way to release tension and pain in order to help you do specific exercises that will in turn have a longer-term effect than massage. Sports massage improves circulation and lymphatic drainage which facilitates removal of waste products such as lactate or lactic acid that can build up following strenuous activity. This can help reduce pain and aid recovery time.

During sport and daily activities tension can build up in the soft tissues that are being used. Especially in muscle that is weaker, or where stress and tension is stored and especially if you have a history of injury or pain in this area. This does not mean that you have an ongoing injury and unfortunately, massage will not cure the problem. The aim of sports massage is to give temporary relief and your physiotherapist will then assess why you are building up tension in this area and give you the correct advice and exercise to manage and prevent the ongoing build up of tension.

Why choose Sports massage with Sligo Physio Space?

When it comes to hand on skills, chartered physiotherapists are experts and sports massage is one of these skills that can be used to help you with recovery.

Your massage therapy will be carried out in a professional, safe & clean environment.

All physiotherapists at Sligo Physio Space are chartered physiotherapists and are fully insured and regulated by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, giving you peace of mind that you are in the safest of hands.

You can claim back a portion of your treatment if your insurance company covers physiotherapy.

Your session will include the most up to date advice & exercise prescription to help you relieve your own pain and prevent further episodes and improve sporting performance.

So book online now for a detailed assessment and sports massage.