About us

We are Chartered and Coru Registered Physiotherapists. This means that we have a proper state registered qualification (starting with a four year university physiotherapy degree) which ensures that we have to adhere to our high level of standards, a high level of competency in both assessment and treatment skills and that we have to work on C.P.D. (Continuing Professional Development – Research and Courses to keep knowledge and skills in line with current research/recommended best treatments) to maintain our registration.

This is crucial so that you know you are in safe hands… and can avoid repetitive unnecessary treatments. Our clinic features four treatment rooms and two waiting rooms to allow for compliance with Covid-19 precautions.

Treatment costs can be claimed back with relevant health insurers.

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Dedicated and caring professionals

  • Post Gratuate Masters level Manual Therapy training eg. for joint mobilisation/manipulation where necessary.
  • Using the latest research in our rehabilitation programmes to keep our treatments evidence based
  • We work closely with G.P.s, Orthopaedic, Rheumatology and other hospital consultants. We also work closely with other Allied Health Professionals eg. Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Orthotists.
  • We also have an in-house Psychotherapist, Cindy Lund, for counselling services.
  • We believe that having a multi-disciplinary approach is key to managing any injury or persistent pain condition.
  • We link with fitness coaches, yoga/pilates instructors and our in-house yoga/pilates instructor Niamh Jones also works with clients 1:1 using pilates reformer bed.

Click here for video of the pilates reformer, ring Niamh on 087 903 1784 or visit headfordwellbeingcentre.com

Headford Physiotherapy

Linda Burke

BSc Physiotherapy MSc. MSk Physio. M.I.S.C.P. Lic. Acupuncture


Established in 2005 after moving from Dublin where I worked as a senior physiotherapist in St James’ Hospital physiotherapy out patient dept. for five years. I along with another senior physio managed a large staff and busy O.P.D. and also worked part time in a big city private practice. Before moving back to Galway, I completed a masters level qualification in Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy in Glasgow Caledonian University where I developed further expertise in diagnosis, clinical reasoning, Manual Therapy (eg. joint mobilisation/manipulation etc.) and rehabilitation of MSk pain and injury.

I moved back to Galway and took up a part-time post in G.U.H as well as working in a large private practice in Galway city. Over the years I had the opportunity to work with sports professionals of all levels which included international travel supporting teams and also working with performing artists.

Many years working in Hospitals gave me huge experience with a wide range of conditions, complex trauma cases, post- operative rehabilitation etc. I also have had the pleasure of working with students and supporting their learning for over 20 years from Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick and Royal College of Surgeons.


I had used Dry Needling as part of my practice for 8 years before I decided to go back and study to become an Acupuncturist, so that I could treat a wider range of conditions. I use it as an adjunct to my physiotherapy treatments where appropriate.

Exercise Therapy & Rehabilitation

Numerous post graduate courses in exercise therapy and rehabilitation which is the cornerstone of the evidence-based approach to treatment of most musculoskeletal and sports injuries. More than 50 shorter post graduate courses over the years developing diagnostic and treatment skills.

In recent years have been involved in establishing a multi-diciplinary Pain Prog in the public sector which has increased my understanding of dealing with complex pain issues the causes of which tend to be multi-faceted and as such require a wholistic approach in their management. We educate people regarding how pain works, how to promote healing in the body through managing every aspect of wellness as well as retraining normal movement patterns. We tailor individual programmes to help to restore function and work on general strength and conditioning. Meditation practice can also be used as part of the programme. These skills can help you to turn down the volume of pain through tapping into your own physiology and learning how to control and calm the body

Mark Hughes

MSc Physiotherapy M.I.S.C.P.

Mark Hughes is a native of Galway and graduated from the University of Limerick with a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy.

He has experience in both private practice and HSE, having worked across areas such as Orthopaedics, Neurological Rehabilitation including stroke and management of Musculoskeletal conditions/ injuries.
Mark has a keen interest in sport and sports rehabilitation and has completed post graduate training in strength and conditioning, dry needling therapy, shoulder rehabilitation and general sports rehab, where every injury is assessed and treated, integrating whole body rehabilitation principles. He has worked with various GAA, Soccer and rugby teams in the Galway area.

He has a keen interest in post operative rehabilitation such as rotator cuff repair and ACL reconstruction, lower limb sports injuries and the management of persistent low back pain.

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"I cannot recommend Linda highly enough. I felt very well looked after because she is very professional but also understanding and caring and her knowledge and approaches are always up to date. I learned a lot from her about a whole-body approach, including body and mind. I learnt that 'treating persistent pain holistically needs a multi-faceted approach that addresses all possible drivers of pain'. My back pain, which I had for many years, is finally easing off. It feels like a small miracle! Thank you so much Linda."

Bettina Murphy

"I have been attending the Headford Physiotherapy Clinic intermittently over the past ten years. I have been more than impressed with the professional care, treatment, advice and exercise regimes provided to me, making it possible for me to maintain a high level of physical activity. I have no hesitation in recommending the physiotherapy services of Linda Burke and her team to my family and friends."

Richard Dooley

"I would like to highly recommend Headford Physiotherapy Clinic where professional staff put you at ease informing you about your injury and then putting a plan in place for your recovery. The programme is printed off and also emailed to you so you can download onto a free App so you can personally rate your journey to recovery. I have been a returning client for various injuries over the past few years. All fully recovered now thanks to Linda and her team. I would also just like to mention that the space where the clinic is held has a wonderful karma, which goes hand in hand with the empathy patience and warm nature of staff there."

Christine Taylor

"I arrived home from Canada for a holiday and injured my neck and shoulder. I went to Headford Physio and was treated by Linda. I found the care to be excellent. Linda really knew her stuff and explained the neck injury and the treatment to me in a way that was easy to understand. I felt the benefits of the treatment immediately. Overall my treatment at Headford Physio was first class."

Gerry Mc Loughlin

"I have been attending the clinic intermittently when needed over a number of years. I think it is a brilliant service. I know I am lucky to have it in my area. It is so important to stay flexible and fit at my age and Linda helps me to do that. I have found the combination of Acupuncture and Physiotherapy very beneficial."

Nora Shaughnessy

"I found the experience of attending Headford Physiotherapy Clinic fantastic and stress-free. The staff were all very nice and friendly and made me feel relaxed and at ease. They were very honest about what treatment I would need and how many visits I would need to correct the issues I was having with back pain which had become intolerable. My recovery was relatively quick. I found the treatment plan and advice I received has worked and I have a much better quality of life after a lot of suffering and pain daily before I attended."

Paul O' Connor