David graduated from an MSc. (pre-reg) Physiotherapy programme in Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, with first class honours. Since graduating, he has been working in private practice. During his time in Edinburgh, David prioritised an evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, meaning he is well trained to deal with injuries and conditions that affect muscles, bones, nerves, tendons and ligaments. The focus of his research dissertation was the benefit of health promotion practices and increasing activity levels in inactive populations. As part of his training, he has worked with a broad spectrum of specialist populations, ranging from amputees to orthopaedic patients to those with long-term respiratory conditions. As a result of this, David believes in a personal approach to physiotherapy with a priority on what is important to each and every client to help deliver truly meaningful treatments.
Before moving to Edinburgh, David graduated with a degree in Athletic Therapy & Training from Dublin City University. While this degree specialised in the diagnosis and management of a variety of sporting injuries and biomechanical assessments, the principles learned here are easily applicable to the general public, no matter their levels of activity. After completing this degree, David went on to work with a variety of sports teams – from amateur to professional level – with a focus on elite academy football. David also has experience working with teams in gaelic football, American football, baseball and a host of individual athletes from various other disciplines.
These two learning experiences helped shape David’s outlook on physiotherapy, he strongly believes that it is the role of a physiotherapist to give each client the tools to not only return to their pre-pain levels but to surpass that in order to prevent pain from reoccurring. This process remains true whether that involves wanting to get back onto the football pitch or being able to run around with the grandkids.
David takes an active interest in football, running and golf – however he is currently struggling to get his handicap below 15 so any tips are always welcome!