Rathfriland has a new physiotherapy service.
Pauline Harbinson, operating as ‘PH for PHYSIO,’ is a Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC) registered physiotherapist. She has started treating (as well as other ailments and injuries) backs, necks, shoulders, knees, wrists and ankles on Mondays and some evenings in Country Beauty salon.
Pauline specialises in spinal and joint mobilisation, muscle activation and movement including exercise-based rehabilitation.
She treats painful joints and muscles after assessing the cause of the weakness and later advises on simple changes that can prevent future problems.
Pauline uses interferential therapy, ultrasound, heat and cold therapy and essential oils to decrease pain and reduce inflammation.
Patients find interferential and ultrasound very comforting. The immediate reduction of pain as well as inflammation eliminates muscle spasm and allows normal movement to begin.
This is the first step to functional recovery. Pauline is happy to discuss any queries as she gets to know the patient better, like their lifestyle, work, sports activities, fitness and environment can all have profound effect on physical health.
Pauline qualified as a physiotherapist in 1985, gaining an Honours Degree from the University of Ulster before practising in Cornwall, Belfast and London.
Later she diversified into management when she married and started a family. In 2016 Pauline undertook a physiotherapy re-registration training programme with the Belfast Health Trust.
This involved updating her skills working in Musgrave Park, the Mater Hospital and Belfast City Hospital which was rewarded with excellent results.
For the last two years she has furthered her professional development in a private clinic with practices in Newry and Belfast.
Her training she describes as “an amazing and challenging experience”.
She said it was an invaluable opportunity to study current treatments, modern surgeries, therapy techniques and update her skills with the help and guidance of the most experienced, professional physios in the country.
Sports have played a central role in Pauline’s life, she is passionate about pilates and yoga.
“Ten minutes a day is a thousand times better than no exercise and a little goes a very long way.”