The Medical Team

Meet the Practitioner: Robert McDonagh

Interview with Robert McDonagh

Each week at The Medical, we shine a spotlight on our committed and hard-working team of experts. This week we interview Robert, who is celebrating his one year anniversary with The Medical this week!

Outside of work, what are your hobbies?

I enjoy callisthenics training, learning guitar, reading, cycling, tennis!

Who has been your greatest inspiration?

That would have to be my Dad

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I was a dance street performer in my twenties

How would your friends describe you as a person?

Energetic, funny, committed (according to Chris Derby, a chiropractic in our clinic)

What is your role at The Medical?

Managing Practitioner and Senior Physiotherapist at Westbury-on-Trym

What led to your career?

I lost interest in personal training and wanted more of a challenge, I also really wanted to help more people in need

What are your clinical specialisations?

Sports rehabilitation, falls rehab/prevention. Treatment of patient with co-morbidities such as COPD, stroke, PD

What is your favourite condition to treat?

Rotator cuff injuries, I've had one myself so I understand those the most!

What is your favourite success story?

I rehabilitated a young man(40 years old) post ITU after contracting meningitis and having bilateral transmetatarsal amputation. I got to use my multiple skills as a therapist and got the patient from only being able to move his hands and neck in bed to standing in a short period of time.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today! Can you finish off with your personal Top 5 Tips?

Having a plant based and whole grain diet is the prevention and sometimes the cure from chronic disease, as proven in the book How Not to Die

Consistency is the key to rehab and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Physiotherapy is a very broad profession, I've worked on call treating patient intubated in ITU, amputees, patient post joint replacements, respiratory physiotherapy with patients with chronic conditions including COPD, Cystic fibrosis, falls prevenation in elderly, patinets with various cancers, neurological conditions including parkinsons and MS, not just sports or musculoskeletal injuries.

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