About Us

East Coast Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic opened in Ashford, Co. Wicklow in 2010. We are all Chartered Physiotherapists, and are recognised by all of the health insurance companies.

We want to get you better as quickly as we possibly can, and keep you well in the long term. We allow up to 40 minutes per session, which is longer than the industry average of 30 minutes, at no extra charge. This allows us to get to the root of the problem, and deal with it effectively.

We pride ourselves on a high quality service. We don’t try to bring you in for appointments as often as we can. We want to show you what you can do to help yourself, and we review you when we genuinely feel it is needed.

As Chartered Physiotherapists, we are regulated by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. This means we all hold a regulated University Physiotherapy Degree, and we need to do a ongoing post-graduate training each year to maintain our standards and keep up to date with the best research and treatments out there.

We specialise in back and neck pain and sports injuries, but we treat a wide range of conditions such as sciatica, tennis elbow, headaches, joint surgery, plantar fasciitis or fibromyalgia to name a few. We see people on a one to one basis in the clinic, but also run back care pilates classes in our studio further up the road in Ashford.

We are based in Ashford, Co Wicklow (just off the M11)

Open Mon-Thu 8am-9pm, Fri 8am-6pm. Call us to make an appointment: 0404 49781

Our Team

Catherine Cradock

BSc (Hons), Master of Manual Therapy, MISCP

Catherine Cradock, MISCP, MMT, Chartered Physiotherapist, Level 3 accredited Chartered Physiotherapist in Sports and Exercise Medicine with the ISCP.

Catherine graduated from U.C.D. in 2002 with 1st Class Honours in her physiotherapy degree. She obtained her Masters in Manual Therapy (High Distinction) from the University of Western Australia, and was awarded the medal for Highest Clinical Results. She is also a qualified Stott Pilates instructor and a member of the Irish Sports Council panel for High Performance Physiotherapists.

Catherine established East Coast Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic in 2010, and has been working in private practice since 2004.

Experience:

• Physiotherapist at the Irish Institute of Sport, working with Irish international athletes in triathlon, athletics, swimming, golf, paralympics among others.

• Junior Lead physiotherapist for Athletics Ireland, which involved managing the physiotherapy service for Ireland’s elite junior and youth athletes, in addition to working with senior and development athletes.

• Part of the Athletics Ireland physiotherapy team since 2007, travelling with junior and senior teams to training camps and international competitions, including European and World championship events.

• Physiotherapist to the Irish Senior Ladies’ Hockey team.

• Worked in St. Vincent’s University Hospital for 5 years. Managed the physiotherapy service of the Hand Surgery Unit for 3 years, and in 2005 implemented a chronic back pain rehabilitation service which is still running.

• Worked in Clontarf Orthopaedic Hospital for 2 years, rehabilitating people after orthopaedic surgery.

• In addition to athletics and tri-athletics, Catherine also has a special interest in dealing with golfers and GAA and hockey players, and has worked with sportspeople ranging from the recreational to the elite.

• Catherine also has a special interest in lower back pain, neck pain and repetitive strain injuries.

More about Catherine:

• Catherine has published a number of articles in the Irish Times, giving advice on running injury prevention and management for the Dublin City Marathon.

• She worked as a consultant for the physiotherapy role and storyline in the Irish medical drama “The Clinic” for series 5 & 6.

• Catherine’s main sporting love is athletics. She recently made the switch from distance running to competitive sprinting at Masters level, and has secured Leinster and National indoor medals. She is a member of and Secretary for Kilcoole Athletics Club. Being a Kilkenny woman, she is also a hurling fan, and generally loves meeting people, sport and chat!

Niamh Connolly

B.Sc Physiotherapy (2009)

We are delighted to welcome Niamh to our team. Niamh comes to us with years of experience in both private practice, treating everything from back and hip pain to general aches and pain, and in recreational and elite sport.

She is the physiotherapist for Lansdowne RFC, the Leinster Women’s Rugby team, the IRFU underage 7’s rugby squad, and was Cricket Ireland Men’s and Women’s physiotherapist from 2013-2018. Niamh is also currently covering the role of medical co-ordinator of the IRFU, working with us 1 day per week (Fridays). She will return to us full time in December. 

Outside of the common sports injuries, Niamh has a special interest in low back pain and hip and groin pain. She is qualified in dry needling, and is a qualified yoga instructor.

In her spare time, Niamh is a wing/full back with St. Marys College first Division Women’s Squad since 2012, and was also part of the Connacht Women’s Rugby squad in 2016 (you could say that rugby is her thing!). She is also currently completing her Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine.  

John Jordan

B.Sc (Physiotherapy), B.Sc (Sports Science and Physiology)

John brings to our team a wealth of experience and qualifications. In addition to many years working in private practice, John also worked for more than 10 years in the fitness industry. Having been awarded a degree in Sports Science and Exercise Physiology, in addition to being a qualified fitness instructor, personal trainer, and strength and conditioning coach! 

John has a special interest in treating back and neck pain, in addition to the medley of injuries we see daily in clinic such as ankle sprains, arthritis, foot pain, sports injuries, sciatica, as well as post surgical rehabilitation. He also works part-time in the Hermitage Clinic rehabilitating people before and after their joint replacement or spinal surgery. 

John has competed in a number of sports, including athletics, rowing and rugby. When he’s not working he’s most likely chasing around after his son and his three dogs! 

 

MARY-ALICE MURPHY

BSc Physiotherapy (2019), BSc Athletic Therapy and Training (2012)

Mary-Alice first completed a degree in BSc Athletic Therapy and Training from DCU in 2012. As part of this degree she worked with the East Stroudsburg University teams in Pennsylvania, USA including the American football team, swimmers, baseball players and runners. She has a keen interest in sports injuries and getting athletes back to playing sport after injury.  She has been working with various sports teams since then, including Buffers Alley GAA and Camogie teams, Oulart The Ballagh Camogie, Wexford Senior Camogie, Gorey Ladies RFC and Wexford Minor Football. 

In 2016 she returned to college to gain a second degree in BSc Physiotherapy from UCD. She is qualified in Dry Needling and is also a qualified Pilates Instructor. She is a current member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and is CORU Registered.

Mary-Alice has worked as a Community Physiotherapist in Tallaght managing a mixed caseload including orthopaedics, neurology and musculoskeletal injuries. 

When she’s not working Mary-Alice enjoys playing Camogie for her club Buffers Alley and also plays the button accordion and concertina.

Armina Konstantinova

BA Psychology

Armina Konstantinova is our office manager and the friendly face behind our front desk.

She will help you with any enquiries that you may have, including booking appointments, information on our classes, and getting receipts.

She also keeps us in line and makes sure we have returned any calls or emails before we are allowed to leave!

Nicky Murphy

Nicky comes to us from the Wicklow Chamber of Commerce.

Nicky works at our front desk, taking bookings, greeting clients and generally making our lives easier!

She has a background in childcare, business administration and customer service. She is a mother of three, and enjoys walking, swimming and staying active.