Dr Maria Galve

Dr Maria Galve

Pain Management Physiotherapist in Galway


CORU registrant: PT036414


Early career

Maria qualified as a physiotherapist in 2005 from the University of Alfonso X el Sabio, Spain. She then moved to Ireland and worked at Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services – one of Ireland’s top in-patient rheumatological units and spent over eight years gaining broad experience across a range of chronic musculoskeletal conditions. She also gained invaluable experience working for the Mater Private Hospital and as a Community physiotherapist. Maria then specialised in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, with special interest in persistent pain and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.


Developing clinical expertise & leadership

In 2014, having completed an MSc in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy, she moved to Denmark where she was appointed Physiotherapy lead for the multidisciplinary Pain and Headache Unit at Aarhus University Hospital. This post facilitated the development of a psychologically-informed physiotherapy role and the development of expertise in both individual and group-based functional rehabilitation programmes for people with complex presentations and persistent pain.

Maria held this post for nearly two years developing the department into a patient-led active management approach. Her clinical leadership was instrumental in developing specialist streams of care for patients with Complex Regional Syndrome. Maria joined the team at Evidence-Based Therapy Centre in the summer of 2022 and is developing specialist pathways of care for patients with complex and persistent pain as well as seeing patients with musculoskeletal pain and injury.


Persistent pain interest

Maria has developed a special interest in widespread persistent pain and has set up specialist services for people with persistent and chronic pain in combination with specialist medical and psychology professionals. These included pain education sessions and a functional individualised rehabilitation programs. The hallmark of all of the services is that they are grounded in the highest quality research evidence.


PhD Studies

In recognition of her specialist interest and clinical achievements, Maria was awarded a Fellowship by the Centre for Neuroplasticity and Pain at the University of Aalborg (Denmark) to complete a PhD. Her PhD studies explored the changes of pain and other perceptions (tingling, numbness, etc) using digital health in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Her research has been presented and showcased internationally and Maria was invited to speak at the European Pain Federation Congress in 2019. Her list of publications can be found here.


Other specialist interests

Maria has a special interest in widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain, headaches, low back pain, neck pain, complex regional pain syndrome, rheumatological conditions, osteoarthritis, chronic whiplash, migraine and more recently she has developed an interest in peri and post-menopausal physical wellness and its influence in chronic or persistent pain management.



Maria has a strong interest in innovation and applying the design thinking process to identify improvement pathways. Since her PhD, Maria is passionate about digital health and has participated in several webinars discussing the evidence, benefits and risks of digital health applied to Physiotherapy. She is also been approached by several companies to advise about the development of their digital health products.

In 2021, Maria was awarded  BioInnovate Fellowship by the National University of Ireland, Galway (Stanford Biodesign affiliated). The BioInnovate Fellowship program follows a needs-led innovation approach to facilitate the development of healthcare solutions for unmet clinical needs.


Maria’s approach to therapy

Maria places a strong emphasis on comprehensively identifying all of the factors impacting on the persistence of pain. She takes time to carefully explain her findings, identify the patient’s functional goals, and discuss a patient-led treatment/management plan. With these in mind, Maria and you will agree on a plan tailored to your needs and goals that will help you improve your function and wellbeing. Maria’s key approach is to develop a therapeutic alliance based on trust. Her warm, compassionate and approachable nature mean that she creates a bond that will help bring you on the journey from patient to person.


Hours of work

Maria can offer appointments between 9.30am and 1pm – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. For regular musculoskeletal pain and problems, Maria offers 60 minute assessment appointments. For complex and persistent pain problems, Maria offers 90 minute assessment appointments. If you would like to book an appointment with Maria, please call the clinic on 091 727777 or get in touch via the contact page.