Services at Liam the Physio

BSc Physiotherapy, MSc Manual Therapy, Dip Injection Therapy, MISCP, MACP, MCSP

Physiotherapy Castlebar

Liam Leonard is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.

He graduated from the University of the West of England in Bristol with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 2000. He worked for several years in the Wales and England where he developed a broad knowledge and experience of many areas within physiotherapy before embarking on what is his passion of treating musculoskeletal injuries.

Musculoskeletal examination & treatment

If you have a joint, ligament, tendon or nerve injury this is the appointment for you.

Liam has worked in both public and private setting both in the Republic of Ireland as well as the UK and South Africa. His main interest of musculoskeletal injuries was initially sparked whilst working with underage high performance athletes in Wales.

On returning to Mayo to take up a post in Mayo University Hospital he also worked for the Mayo Minors and Ladies team before taking up a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist post in Mayo University Hospital in 2006. In the same year Liam commenced his MSc in Manchester Metropolitan University. This MSc is considered one of the difficult MSc in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy. This MSc provided fantastic opportunities to work alongside and be mentored by consultant physiotherapist who were experts within their specialised area. This also cemented his expertise and skills in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal injuries.

Osteoporosis Consultation

Looking to maximise your bone health and advised to exercise? If you’re worried about what exercise you can and can’t do then this is the appointment for you.

Whether you are looking for an appointment in regards to your issue, treatment for a specific issue or looking for a plan to help you to return to your past times then this is the option for you.

The first appointment is important to gather relevant information about your problem. It allows us to get to know you and your interests. It also helps us really understand your problem. Therefore the session is made up of both a conversation and testing you with various physical tests to come to diagnosis of your problem. 

Following this process, we develop a plan and discuss various treatment options with you to see what works best.

Sports Specific Rehabilitation

If you are recovering from injury or surgery and are looking to return to playing sport this option is for you.

While recovering after surgery or injury is difficulty returning to sport is often more daunting and has many pit falls. At our clinic we take the guess work out of returning to full recovery and provide you with detailed rehabilitation plans and interventions. We aim to get you back performing as good if not better than you were pre injury.


Compassionate, targeted, evidence-based treatment is what Liam always tries to achieve with every patient

Joint replacement pre & post-operative rehabilitation

If you are going for any joint replacement the best scientific evidence indicates that people who perform some exercise specific to their problem prior to their surgery generally do better.

Additionally time spent in hospital following surgery is now getting shorter and shorter which means less time to ask questions and ensure your are doing your exercises right. Therefore we have very specific programmes prior to going for surgery to help enhance your recovery.

These programmes are designed based around you and your expectations and on the latest science and knowledge of surgical techniques used.

Specific Treatment Options

While there is no ‘one treatment to fit all ailments’ there are a range of specialised treatment that Liam utilises during treatment to help with your rehabilitation.

Manual Therapy

Is a generic term for the ‘hands on’ treatment. Treatment techniques vary from gentle joint movements to more specialised joint manipulation, The choice of treatment application depends on the desired treatment effect required.


Massage has been utilised for millennia and dates back to 3000BC where it was utilised by ‘natural healers’ to treat people. Many forms of massage exist but the type we use in the clinic are the more traditional sports massage, trigger point therapy and instrument aided massage.

Dry Needling

Is a more recent technique utilising acupuncture needles which treats myofascial pain (pain of muscle origin). It can be very useful in reducing pain and discomfort particularly in spinal pain but also in many other musculoskeletal issues.

Strength & Conditioning

No treatment programme would be complete unless they included a strengthening programme. We use the latest strength and conditioning principles (often without specialised equipment) to help enhance and fast track your recovery.


I believe in providing fast and effective management of all musculoskeletal injuries. We vary our hands-on treatment based on the individual, not the diagnosis, to help you move better and stronger.