Knocknacarra Physio & Sports Injury Clinic Galway

About Barbara Trant

Barbara Trant

Barbara Trant,
BSc Sports Science & Sports Rehabilitation, BSc Physiotherapy, MSc Clinical Physiotherapy, Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist

Specialist Physiotherapist in Persistent Spinal Pain & Postpartum Corrective Exercises at Knocknacarra Physiotherapy.
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Barbara qualified as a physiotherapist from the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, in 2005 and subsequently completed her Masters degree in Clinical Physiotherapy (2011) from Curtin University, Perth, Australia, where she graduated with a first class honours.  Prior to this she obtained an honours degree in Sports Rehabilitation from St. Mary’s University, London in 2000 where she was achieved first in her research on ‘Psychological Responses to Injury and their Influence on Adherence to Rehabilitation.’ 

Barbara is also a trained expert in pregnancy and postpartum corrective exercise after becoming a mother and racing back to the wrong type of exercise. She also has additional qualifications in western acupuncture, dry needling and orthotic prescription.  



In addition, Barbara has extensive experience in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal, orthopaedic, Sports and foot related injuries. She has worked with numerous teams over her career, including the Galway Senior Camogie team, the Connacht U20 Rugby Team, The Galway Senior Hurling team as well as Olympic level rowers to ensure they get back to full performance level.

As someone who has played competitive basketball at the highest level and has a degree in Sports Science & Rehabilitation , Barbara knows what is needed to get you back to your pre injury levels of performance. She will go that extra step to ensure that you you firstly fully understand the cause of your problem and keep you on track to hit your goals.

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Barbara has a vast amount of experience built up over the last 18 years, having worked in large private Physiotherapy practices predominantly in Ireland but also Australia.

Complex Spinal Pain:
Barbara specialises in helping people with complex, persistent neck and back pain that have tried other treatment approaches, including surgery, but still have significant long term disabling pain and discomfort. She uses a whole different approach to treating long-standing neck and back pain (e.g. disc bulges and old injuries) that is not limited to focusing on the local area.

She will carry out a thorough examination of the whole system, from the feet to the skull, to identify the true underlying causes of your pain – which can be physical and non-physical. She will systematically correct any dysfunction and imbalance to ensure a long-term successful recovery and that you are functionally fit to do what you love.

Womens Health:
Pregnancy, faulty breathing patterns and lack of pelvic floor awareness can disrupt or even disconnect your core. If the core components aren’t working collectively many Moms can experience back pain, incontinence and a persistent diastasis recti.

Barbara also helps mothers postpartum to properly retrain their core system from months to years after childbirth. She will help you retrain your core system as a whole to save off unnecessary pain, pelvic floor incontinence and more serious issues like pelvic organ prolapse – not just immediately postpartum but often later on in your postmenopausal years.

*It is best to get a thorough assessment of your entire core after childbirth before starting any pelvic floor program (e.g. Kegel’s), Pilates, any gym program and especially any activity that involves running.


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