Dr Catherine Browne

Chartered Physiotherapist in Galway

Catherine Browne PhD BSc MISCP

Chartered Physiotherapist in Women’s & Men’s Health

Pilates Instructor

 

Background

Catherine graduated from the University of Limerick in 2012 with a 1st class Honours degree in Physiotherapy. She then received a scholarship from the University of Limerick Faculty of Education and Health Sciences to commence a Masters by Research in 2012 exploring quality of life among people with Multiple Sclerosis with bladder dysfunction. Catherine then transferred to the PhD register in 2013, after being awarding funding of €72,000 from the Irish Research Council. Catherine was awarded her doctorate degree in January 2017. Catherine joined the team at Evidence-Based Therapy Centre in October 2015 with a vision to develop and expand the Pelvic Health physiotherapy service to include Men’s Health and Cancer rehabilitation.

Research

Catherine’s primary research interests are in the field of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), bladder dysfunction and self-management. Catherine’s PhD research provides an evidence and theory base to inform the development of an educational resource to facilitate the self-management of bladder dysfunction among people with MS. The next steps are to use the findings of this research to develop both an online and paper resource for people with MS and healthcare professionals and to implement these across the country. It is important that this research remains meaningful for people with MS with bladder symptoms. Catherine has presented her research at several national and international conferences and has published in peer reviewed journals.

Clinical experience

Catherine has worked extensively with people with MS over the years. Her clinical caseload also included other neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s and Guillain-Barre syndrome. In 2014, Catherine received an international rehabilitation fellowship from the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centre (CMSC) to spend time in Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary (Canada). This gave her the opportunity to work with expert clinicians in the field of neuro-rehabilitation and MS care.

Women’s and Men’s Health

Catherine began to specialise in pelvic health during her PhD. Her research opened her eyes to the sensitive issues of bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction in both women and men. Pelvic health is an expanding area of physiotherapy and she has a keen interest in developing these services and putting into practice the highest quality research evidence.

Catherine has undergone extensive post-graduate training in this area and now specialises in the management of pelvic floor dysfunction in both men and women. This includes the management of urinary incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, groin pain, prolapse, bowel dysfunction, in addition to post-natal core rehabilitation, scar management and other gynaecological issues. Her relaxed communication style allows her to converse with empathy and to provide a considered and professional service. She understands that many of these symptoms can be difficult to talk about and recognises the importance of ensuring a comfortable and approachable atmosphere with her clients.

Pilates

Catherine is also a Certified Pilates Instructor and has a deep interest in Pilates and its potential for rehabilitation. She has completed her beginner, intermediate and advanced mat training with Stott Pilates and Reformer Pilates training. She is particularly interested in the benefits of Pilates during pregnancy, postnatally and in cancer rehabilitation. Catherine is currently expanding her Pilates skills and will complete the Polestar Pilates Comprehensive training this year.

Catherine has always had a keen interest in exercise and sport and enjoys Crossfit and Olympic weightlifting.

Cancer Rehabilitation

In addition to pelvic floor rehabilitation for men post prostate cancer, Catherine has recently completed The STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation specialist training for physiotherapists. The STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Program is dedicated to improving the strength, quality of life and sense of well-being of men diagnosed with cancer. It is specifically designed to help men maximise recovery, regain physical strength, stamina and incorporate exercise into their lifestyle. You can read more about The STEEL Programme here (insert link to webpage once up).

Catherine is also interested in the benefits of Pilates post breast cancer to help women optimise physical and functional recovery. You can read more about these benefits here (insert link once up).

Hours of work

Catherine can offer appointments on Tuesdays and Fridays. If you would like to book an appointment please call Evidence-Based Therapy Centre on 091 727777 or get in touch via the contact page.