The Poynton SpineCare Institute introduces Pilates Classes

Here at The Poynton SpineCare Institute we have recently incorporated physiotherapy-led mat work Pilates classes. We believe exercise rehabilitation with the appropriate choice of exercises and correct technique and movement pattern are one of the key elements to resolving spinal pain and discomfort.

A recent journal article (Llewellyn et al. 2017) investigated the benefits of carrying out Pilates, for one hour twice a week over six weeks, for persistent non-specific low back pain. It found that Pilates rehabilitation can lead to a reduction in perceived functional disability and pain, as well as increased core muscle strength and lumbar range of movment.

Complience to health care professionals prescription was reported by WHO as being less than 50% in developed countries. Past General Surgeon of US, C. Everett Koop, said ‘drugs don’t work in patient who don’t take them’ and similarly patients who don’t follow their prescribed home exercise programme likely won’t see the improvements they’re aiming for.

Attending a class once a week can help keep people motivated and focused towards carrying out their rehabilitation programme in the long term and achieving their goals, as well as ensuring they’re doing it right.


Contact to express your interest in joining one of our Pilates classes.

Marie Walsh
Navan Mater Private Clinic

The Poynton SpineCare Institute are please to announce their presence in Consultation Rooms in the Mater Private Navan Clinic from Dec 11th 2017. 

The Mater Private Navan Clinic is  based in the Bedford Medical Centre in Navan and offers convenient, local access to consultation.

If you would like to be offered an appointment  in the Navan clinic please email us on or call us directly on 01 8822637

Marie Walsh
Tip Thursday

Desk based Job and Commuting


How many hours do you spend commuting?


Commuting in Ireland

· 90 minutes: average time people spend travelling each weekday

· 74% of all car journeys are made by car


According to the World Health Organisation physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for mortality


Research has shown people who walk to work are 45% more physically active than those who drive.


Benefits of active commute

· Reduced BMI and percentage body fat

· Reduced risk of coronary heart disease

· Reduced risk of stroke

· Reduced risk of type II diabetes

· Reduced anxiety and depression


10 Tips if you have a desk based job and / or commute to work


1) Get enough sleep – recommended 7-9 hours

2) Set the alarm 10 minutes earlier to avoid rushing

3) Eat breakfast before leaving home / take healthy breakfast with you

4) Walk / bike some of the way or once a week the whole way if possible

5) Use the time to relax e.g. listening to podcast / audio book

6) Have walking meetings at work – take opportunity with one to one meetings to go for a walk rather than sit at a desk

7) Wear trainers for any walking and change into shoes when arriving at work

8) Have an ergonomically set up work space - sit on a gym ball or use a standing desk for short periods throughout the day

9) Take regular breaks from sitting – set an alarm on your phone for ever 30-45 minutes

10)Carry out some simple mobility exercises at your desk


Keep an eye on our social media for simple desk based exercise videos that you can start doing today.

Marie Walsh
SpineCheck Launches at The Poynton SpineCare Institute


See todays Irish Times article re benefits of SpineCheck


For More Information on SpineCheck -

or contact us at

Marie Walsh
Tip Thursday

Did you know that a poor night’s sleep can increase your experience of pain?

Research shows that poor or insufficient sleep is the strongest predictor for pain in adults over 50.

Sleep and pain have a reciprocal relationship – make sure you get a good night’s sleep to help reduce your pain.

Five Tips for Quality Sleep

1) Screens: avoid for one hour before bed

2) Caffeine: avoid after 6pm

3) Light: aim for bright light during the day and pitch dark when going to sleep

4) Mattress: try a memory foam

5) Mindfulness

Marie Walsh
Cross Border Healthcare Directive

Did you know that as a resident of the European Union EU or European Economic Area (EEA), you can access our surgical services using Cross-Border Healthcare Directive . If you are entitled to public health services in your EU or EEA country of residence, you may opt to access those services in another member state of the EU orEEA, , and be repaid the cost if you meet the requirements.

This is provided for by the Cross-Border Healthcare Directive (EU Directive 2011/24/EU, pdf).

Together with the Mater Private Hospital Dublin, Ireland's Leading Private Hospital we are able to offer you package prices for spinal surgery

If you would like further information regarding accessing our service through Cross Border Healthcare directive, please contact us.

By telephone: 00 (353) 1 882637

By E-Mail:

Marie Walsh
Tip Thursday


Did you know that smoking has been linked to osteoporosis, poor tissue healing, lower pain threshold and the progression of back pain?


Research has shown that if you quit smoking before surgery it can lead to faster wound healing, reduced complications, reduced hospital stay and faster recovery of functional capacity.


Five Tips to Help you Quit Smoking

1) Drink water

2) Eat a healthy snack

3) Two minutes of exercise when craving

4) Save the money you’d spend on cigarettes

5) Get support from and join the quit community

Marie Walsh
Tip Thursday

Did you know a sedentary lifestyle can be linked to increased lower back pain?

Following an exercise routine can significantly reduce lower back pain in eight weeks.

Research has shown that exercising for three hours per week reduces the risk of lower back pain. The American College of Sports Medicine and The American Heart Association recommend 150 minutes moderate or 75 minutes vigorous exercise plus two resistance training sessions a week.

Over 59% of the Irish population do not meet these guidelines.

Five Tips to Help Get you Exercising

1) Do something you like

2) Get into a routine

3) Keep a diary

4) Have a training buddy

5) Set some SMART goals (Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time Bound)

Marie Walsh
Low Back Pain Prevention and Management Awareness Month

The Poynton Spine Care Institute is delighted to announce that October is Low Back Pain Prevention and Management Awareness Month in the Institute.  Throughout the month we will be launching a Management of Low Back Pain in Primary Care Guide. Through our social media channels we will be providing tips, information and exercises. We will be also participating in World Spine Day. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to take part.

Marie Walsh
Mater Private Cork
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The Poynton SpineCare Institute are delighted to announce their partnership with Mater Private Cork.  Mr Poynton and other Spinal Surgeons from the Institute will be carrying out surgical procedures in theatre in Mater Private Cork and attending outpatient clinics in the Mater Private Cork on a regular basis.


If you would like to attend our clinics in Mater Private Cork please contact the office on 018822644. See our Frequently Asked Question section on our website for more information regarding appointments in the Poynton Spine Care Institute.

Marie Walsh