Lasting Relief for Stiff and Painful Neck and Shoulders

We Take Neck and Shoulder Pain Personally

For the people at APC Physio, pain is personal. Especially the kind of neck and shoulder pain that causes our patients to miss out on life. That’s why we take a professional and personal approach to pain prevention and management through physiotherapy. We understand living with pain, waiting for treatment, and hoping against hope for pain relief. And we’re here to help.

Our clinics in Cork City and Fermoy welcome you with open arms and proven solutions. We make it our mission to understand your neck and shoulder pain and give you an action plan to take control of it. And we welcome a challenge.

Welcome to APC Physio!

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Our Process is designed to not only get you pain free, but to also keep you that way - long term

People with neck and/or shoulder pain are often unsure if physiotherapy is the way to go. With so much information online, it’s hard to tell apart the benefits of physiotherapy and deep tissue massage or dry needling. After our initial assessment we can guide you on the best course of action for your situation.

Enduring pain is something that affects every aspect of a person’s life. But the greatest hurdle to fighting it is knowing the right way to address pain. Week in week out, we share our tried-and-tested solutions to help you get back to having a highly active lifestyle.

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Listen to your story

At APC Physio, we believe in the power of listening - truly listening. It's often in the nuances of your story, in those seemingly small details, that we find the key to unlocking your path to recovery.
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Movement assessment and root cause explanation

Through thorough assessment, we find the piece of the puzzle that's key to your success and talk you through your recovery plan step by step
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Hands on treatment & tailored advice

We tailor our approach to treatment and rehabilitation specifically to you. Why? Because you're not just another case to us. You are unique, and your treatment should be too.

Restore confident movement & get back to what you love

With this tailored approach, we've seen remarkable transformations. Patients who have struggled for years to find relief, rediscovering joy in movements they thought were lost to them.
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Empower you to achieve long term well being

We're not just about short-term fixes; it's about creating sustainable, long-term change and giving you back control to manage your own wellbeing

Listen to your story

At APC Physio, we believe in the power of listening - truly listening. It's often in the nuances of your story, in those seemingly small details, that we find the key to unlocking your path to recovery.

Movement assessment and root cause explanation

Through thorough assessment, we find the piece of the puzzle that's key to your success and talk you through your recovery plan step by step

Hands on treatment & tailored advice

We tailor our approach to treatment and rehabilitation specifically to you. Why? Because you're not just another case to us. You are unique, and your treatment should be too.

Restore confident movement & get back to what you love

With this tailored approach, we've seen remarkable transformations. Patients who have struggled for years to find relief, rediscovering joy in movements they thought were lost to them.

Empower you to achieve long term well being

We're not just about short-term fixes; it's about creating sustainable, long-term change and giving you back control to manage your own wellbeing

Not sure if you need help for you neck and shoulder pain?

Try out these self check exercises that Patrick demonstrates in the video below. If you notice any issues, its time to take action:

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Client Success Stories

Fiona OBrien
Fiona OBrien
13 June 2024
Love the classes being provided by Patrick at our workplace. Nearly 10 weeks in and always a full class, even waiting list. He will accomodate everyone and ensures he can walk the room ensuring everyone is doing the exercises correctly. The class is very enjoyable and we are progressing with flexability which is amazing. Thanks Fiona
Maeve McCarthy
Maeve McCarthy
10 June 2024
Have been doing weekly classes with Patrick for the last few months and they have been thoroughly enjoyable. Each week is a challenge but great to feel progress as time goes by to be able for more intense sessions. Looking forward to continuing the course over the coming months!
Eileen Triggs
Eileen Triggs
29 May 2024
Excellent service, would recommend
Emma Tarragon
Emma Tarragon
28 May 2024
I broke my arm last summer (radius and ulna fracture ) and started going to APC Physio in October of 2023. As a dancer, I was really eager to make a full recovery and to get back to dancing ASAP. My practitioner was Mr Steven Gilmore, who happened to have the exact same injury and surgery as me. Steven is so kind and professional, he always made me feel comfortable and at ease during our sessions. His knowledge is evident and he is extremely thorough in his process, which was very reassuring. After 7 months and 12 sessions with Steven, my arm is almost completely back to normal and I have all the tools I need to make a full recovery. I’m so glad I trusted him with my injury as I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I would highly recommend Steven and the APC Physio & Sports Clinic in Cork City.
Orla Doyle
Orla Doyle
23 May 2024
I visited APC as I was having some tightness/discomfort in my left leg when I ran. Craig (as always) was professional and great to speak with. He thoroughly investigated the issue and was able to resolve it on one visit. I’ve had no issues with it since. High recommend.
Sally Rimmington
Sally Rimmington
21 May 2024
I had a free consultation and found them to be very honest and I didn’t feel obligated to sign up for a series of sessions, I would highly recommend APC.
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LC86 _
19 May 2024
I had a nice experience with both Craig and Patrick. They both listened and evaluated my back pain extensively. Initially I not only had back pain, but also pain in my buttock, my adductors... I was in bits as one would say. Through exercises and stretches and some hands on treatment, some of my problems were eradicated. Unfortunately, I still deal with some back pain at times but I go back to the exercises and stretches given to me and get some relief that way. Back pain is very complex and highly individual in my opinion. I would definitely recommend the clinic for anybody in need of physiotherapy treatment.
Siobhan Luddy
Siobhan Luddy
17 May 2024
It’s taken me ages to get around to writing this review. I had chronic neck pain and restricted head movement. After 3 sessions I am better than ever and a very simple exercise a few times a week. Only regret was that I didn’t go sooner. Thanks so much
Paula O Driscoll
Paula O Driscoll
11 May 2024
Really good physio always so helpful and easy to contact.

The neck and shoulders can become sore through injury, bad posture, or even awkward sleeping positions. The most common type of injury however for neck and right or left shoulder pain sufferers is soft tissue injury. Your muscles, ligaments, and tendons are examples of soft tissue. By their very nature, these tissues can become inflamed and sore due to strain or trauma. These can lead to a variety of injuries, including whiplash, tendonitis, torn ligaments, rotator cuff injury, and bursitis. Your APC Physio will readily diagnose the type of injury and offer you suitable treatment and effective relief.

When the pain radiates from the neck to the shoulder blade, this indicates nerve involvement. A common cause for radiating pain is an injury that causes nearby tissues to compress the nerves. This symptom is called cervical radiculopathy, or ‘pinched nerve’. It can be due to disc herniation, as seen in degenerative disc diseases like cervical spondylosis. Also, it can just as easily be caused by the kind of ‘wear and tear’ changes that people experience with age, such as arthritis. Our experienced and knowledgeable physiotherapists in Cork and Fermoy will be able to examine your neck and shoulders to diagnose your condition.

Neck and shoulder pain are a common yet troubling ailment. With a change of posture, sleeping habits, or mattress, the pain usually goes away in a matter of weeks. During that time, over the counter pain relief may be used to reduce the pain temporarily, provided the doses are adequate and they do not interact with other medication.

Aside from the common causes of shoulder and neck pain mentioned above, there are a few conditions that are dangerous and even life-threatening. This includes organ abnormalities and bone conditions. Also, a broken shoulder blade or collarbone can cause right or left shoulder blade pain. This occurs due to falls and other types of trauma. But if this is a type of “referred” pain, then even if it is perceived as neck pain or pain between shoulders, it can have a very different origin. The cause could be a heart attack, gallbladder disease, or pleurisy, for instance. Highly trained physiotherapists can refer you for in-depth investigations, including private MRI scans and HIDA scans.

If neck, left or right shoulder pain lasts for more than 2-3 weeks, radiates down the arms or the legs, or comes with headaches, weakness, numbness, or tingling, it’s best to seek professional help. At APC Physio, we can help you get to the bottom of this pain quickly.

It’s not uncommon for people to receive conflicting advice, not just from friends and family, but also from the different professionals. The people that come to see us have usually tried it all. This includes physio, shoulder pain exercises, losing weight, changing posture, changing mattresses and pillows, having massages, applying compresses, taking over the counter medication, etc. but nothing seems to work. For this very reason, if you need help managing your pain, we recommend that you see an APC Physio for a bespoke pain relief experience.

There are various massage techniques, most of which aim to realign your tissues and relieve discomfort and pain between shoulder blades using pressure. Some work on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, spine, neck, etc. However, not all of them are suitable for all types of pain. For example, there are times when weakness in a muscle causes the pain, and the only solution would be to exercise the muscle back to its former glory. At APC Physio, our experienced specialists can help where others have failed.

Stress doesn’t cause neck or shoulder pain directly. But it can influence sleep patterns, posture, behaviours, and the way we perceive, respond to, and handle pain. By steering clear of situations that cause anxiety, burnout, and mental health conditions to manifest, people can minimise their physical discomfort. And when we’re exposed to stress, it helps to learn to improve the way the body responds to it. Your APC Physiotherapist can help you control your breathing, posture, and behaviour in times of stress to minimise the damage.

Pillows can align and support your spine while you sleep. But they are not made equal. Finding the right one for your sleeping position and habits doesn’t come easy when there are so many different types of pillows to choose from. Cervical pillows, memory foam pillows, bolster pillows, wedge pillows, V-shaped pillows, and goose down pillows are some of the most popular types. They can come with divots and grooves for better support, built-in gel pads for cooling, and high or low lofts to improve posture. If you’re not happy with your pillow, the staff at APC Physio can help you make the right choices for you.

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Patrick Hanley

Patrick Hanley

Director / Chartered Physiotherapist

Steven Gilmore

Certified Athletic Therapist

Craig Grehan

Craig Grehan

Certified Athletic Therapist

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