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Rathmines Chronic Pain & Sports Injury Clinic

Rathmines Chronic Pain & Sports Injury Clinic

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Swan Leisure, Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6Ireland

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8.9 Excellent
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Opening hours

Monday08:30 - 21:00
Tuesday08:30 - 21:00
Wednesday08:30 - 21:00
Thursday08:30 - 21:00
Friday08:30 - 21:00
Saturday09:30 - 14:00
Enquire for a fast quote from Rathmines Chronic Pain & Sports Injury Clinic. Excellent ServiceScore™: 8.9 from 19 votes. 3 verified patient reviews.

Popular Treatments

Deep Tissue Massage
Sports Massage
Back Pain Treatment
Back Pain
Sports Therapy
Biomechanical assessment
Posture Management
Ankle Injury Treatment
Neck Pain
Recovery Massage
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About Rathmines Chronic Pain & Sports Injury Clinic

We specialize in;

  • Longstanding, Unresolved Pain

  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation

  • Muscle and Joint Pain

  • Trigger Point Dry Needling

  • Sports and Deep Tissue Massage

  • Functional Movement


John Shevlin Nmt has worked with Leinster Rugby and the Dublin Senior Football Team.

The clinic boasts being one of only a hand full of clinics in the country certified to level 2 standard in the SFMA - Selective Functional Movement Assessment. The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of 7 full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement such as bending and squatting in those with known musculoskeletal pain. When the clinical assessment is initiated from the perspective of the movement pattern, the clinician has the opportunity to identify meaningful impairments that may be seemingly unrelated to the main musculoskeletal complaint, but contribute to the associated disability. The assessment guides the clinician to the most dysfunctional non-painful movement pattern, which is then assessed in detail. This approach is designed to complement the existing exam and serve as a model to efficiently integrate the concepts of posture, muscle balance and the fundamental patterns of movement into musculoskeletal practice. By addressing the most dysfunctional non-painful pattern, the application of targeted interventions (manual therapy and therapeutic exercise) is not adversely affected by pain.
The SFMA offers healthcare professionals a new approach to the treatment of pain and dysfunction. Our standardized clinical model ensures isolating the cause of injury and efficient care.

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Patient reviews

4.8 from 3 verified reviews
Maree, Ireland
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Went through my history and any injuries I have had. Very thorough investigation

5 50 Physical Therapy

Went with hip pain and misaligned pelvis. Went through my history and any injuries I have had. Very thorough investigation.

Very happy with service and hopefully will sort my problem. Would definitely recommend this clinic.

Brenda, Ireland
( Verified user. Review confirmed by email)

It was value for money

5 50 Neck and Shoulder Massage • Paid: €60

Neck, shoulder and back Massage

I was very pleased with the service provided. I had a very tense back through work and training and I would recommend going to this clinic. It was value for money.

Shane, Ireland
( Review verified by email)

Felt great

4.5 50 Sports Massage • Paid: €50

Very happy with this. It was nice and easy - quick reply to my enquiry, easy to sort an appointment and the treatment was great. It was a pre-marathon sports massage which was very effective - felt great afterwards and helped in the run up to the event. Will definitely be back.


  • ANMPT - Association of Neuromuscular Physical Therapists (Ireland) 


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Clinic services

Open weekends

Travel services

International travel



Ankle Injury Treatment


Biomechanical assessment


Chronic Pain


Back Pain

Dry Needling involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the region of a “Trigger Point’. The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain. Dry needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain of neuropathic origin with very few side effects. This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits. The needle used is very thin and most subjects do not even feel it penetrate the skin. A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp -‘the twitch response’. The patient also may feel a reproduction of “their” pain which is a helpful diagnostic indicator for the practitioner attempting to diagnose the cause of the patients symptoms. Patients soon learn to recognize and even welcome this sensation as it results in deactivating the trigger point, reducing pain and restoring normal length function to the involved muscle.

Exercise Therapy

Put simply, the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness. 

“We now use this program (Functional Movement System) with every player as a pretest and evaluation tool before we even begin to train them. This individualizes our training as we can now focus more on improving weaknesses, imbalances and asymmetries in an effort to improve functional movement patterns. Not only that, its an integral part of our program; rehabilitating injuries, decisions on return to play, and its a test before training camp that tells us: 

1) has the player improved? 

2) do we feel good about putting him on the field?”

Jon Torine, 

Head Strength Coach, 

Indianapolis Colts, NFL.


Physical Therapy

Pain-free functional movement for participation in occupation and lifestyle activities is desirable. Many components comprise pain-free functional movement including adequate posture, ROM, muscle performance, motor control, and balance reactions. Impairments of each component could potentially alter functional movement resulting in or as a consequence of pain. Utilizing the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), the clinician is able to identify key functional movement patterns and describe the critical points of assessment needed to efficiently restore functional movement. This approach is designed to complement the clinicians existing exam and intervention model with the prescription of movement based therapeutic exercise. 


Posture Management


Repetitive Strain Injury Treatment


Sports Therapy


Neck Pain


Recovery Massage

Massage Therapy


Deep Tissue Massage


One of the most popular reasons to schedule a massage is to relieve the amount of tension and stress that one may feel. This includes athletes! Training is difficult and requires an enormous amount of dedication and hard work.

By allowing the mind to relax and release inner tension, the body follows along.


Neck and Shoulder Massage


Sports Massage



Back Pain Treatment



Myofascial Release

Rathmines Chronic Pain & Sports Injury Clinic - Swan Leisure, Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6,

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Private Patients WelcomeLaya Healthcare - Members of Quinn Healthcare can claim back some of the costs of Neuromuscular TherapyAviva - Members of Hibernian Aviva Health can claim back some of the costs of Neuromuscular Therapy

Mr John P Shevlin

Job Title:
  Practice Director

Higher Diploma Neuromuscular/Physical Therapy from Irish School of Complementary Medical Education

Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Specialist

Medical Exercise Specialist

Trigger Point Dry Needling Specialist

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Swan Leisure, Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6Ireland