Management of Soft Tissue Injuries – Moving from RICE to PEACE & LOVE

The acronym of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) is commonly used to manage soft tissue (muscle, ligament, and tendon) injuries but is slightly outdated, writes Chartered Physiotherapist at the arena clinic, Eileen Foyle.

Working from home doesn’t need to be a pain in the neck!

With a blended approach to work, a higher number of us will spend a part of our week working from home, writes Joe Normoyle, Chartered Physiotherapist at the arena clinic at Mardyke Arena UCC.

Don’t underestimate the importance of flexibility

FLEXIBILITY training is one of the fastest working methods of improving physical fitness, writes Andrew Burns, Lifestyle & Physical Activity Manager at the Mardyke Arena UCC.

the arena clinic is Cork’s leading provider of specialist physiotherapy

the arena clinic based at the Mardyke Arena UCC is a unique clinic, incorporating physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and specialist rehabilitation equipment.

The clinic is staffed with highly skilled physiotherapists treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal and medical problems.

The clinic is staffed with highly skilled Chartered Physiotherapists.

Hydrotherapy can be used independently or to complement traditional land-based physiotherapy.

We offer both Reformer Pilates and Mat Pilates classes.


Having access to the arena clinic during my rehab was extremely beneficial. Laura and Joe were always there to help and updating my program weekly.

When going into the Mardyke for physio or a session you have everything you need and state of the art equipment, which is a huge asset as you can stay focused in a good environment.


From the receptionists to the Physiotherapists this is a superb physio centre where the patient is always put first and nothing is ever too much trouble.

A particular thank you to Laura Harrington who has helped me so much in recent times her professionalism superb support treatment and care and her lovely manner. It was thanks to Laura’s treatment and advice that I was able to recover from a painful injury and participate in various exercise activities again always with her advice in mind.

I would highly recommend the arena clinic to my family friends colleagues and anybody who needs any kind of physio treatment. It is quite simply a centre of excellence.


I attended physio with Joe Normoyle in the Mardyke Arena after years of struggling with long term neck and back problems. The care I received from Joe along with the use of the world class facilities in the Arena meant I was able to recover to a level I hadn’t previously thought possible.

I couldn’t speak any higher of Joe and his knowledge and attention to detail with covering every aspect of my recovery and rehabilitation.


Before I came to the arena clinic I was in near pain and inactive. Thanks to the treatment I received now am I regularly active in the gym and the pool.

I highly recommend the arena clinic for their friendly professional service. I have more energy and live a full life thanks to the dedication from the arena clinic staff.

Andrew and the team are the Consummate Professionals, I cannot give them a higher accolade


Jacqui is very friendly and the classes are always a lot of fun. She makes sure you are challenging yourself in a safe way. When I started the reformer pilates I had a pretty bad diastasis of more than 4 fingers.

I had troubles with getting up and couldn't run. With the help of Jacqui and the reformer class my gap is now almost closed and more importantly my core is functional again.

I am definitely recommending the reformer pilates classes to everyone who just had a baby and safely wants to get back to working out again. And if you just want to meet some other mothers and have an hour without the kids you should give it a try as well.

Mardyke Arena UCC

Since opening our doors for the first time in September 2001, the Mardyke Arena UCC has been meeting the sporting, recreational and leisure needs of the students, staff and graduates of UCC, not to mention those of the public at large. All in all it's been an incredible success story, due in large measure to the dedication of our staff and tremendous loyalty of our members. catering for all ages, from pre-school to the active older person, today, The Arena is widely regarded as one of the country's finest leisure and fitness destinations, with a range of facilities that are second to none.