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Ian is a former professional rugby player and achieved great success with Munster, winning 2 Heineken Cup medals.

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He also represented Ireland at senior level. Ian retired from professional rugby after suffering a hip injury while playing for Munster. Since retiring he has qualified as a chartered physiotherapist.

Ian’s treatment approach has been shaped by his own injury history and exposure to various treatment strategies as a professional athlete.

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Ian believes it is important for the client to play an active role throughout the rehabilitation process. His degree in Sports Science has helped provide an exercise based systematic approach to the rehabilitation process.


This is achieved through the use of various therapy techniques and exercise strategies specific to the client’s needs.At the end of the rehabilitation process, Ian hopes to have facilitated a safe and effective return to a healthy and active lifestyle….injury free!

Charlene Hyland

Charlene is a Clinical Specialist Pelvic health physiotherapist who has worked both publically and privately in the area of Women’s health over the past 8 years. Charlene trained as a Physiotherapist in the University of Ulster where she graduated in 2009 and spent many years working in large teaching hospitals gaining a wide variety of experience in all areas of physiotherapy including musculoskeletal, respiratory, neurology, paediatrics, as well as neonatology. Charlene spent 3 years in Cork University maternity hospital where her interest in women’s health physiotherapy grew.

Charlene completed her post graduate training in the Advanced practice of Pelvic health in 2021 in Brunel University. Charlene works part time as Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Gynaecology within the HSE and enjoys working privately one day a week here in Ian Dowling Physiotherapy.


Charlene has completed research looking at the barriers and benefits of Physical activity in an antenatal population. Charlene has given talks regarding the role of pelvic floor physiotherapy throughout perimenopause, menopause and beyond, alongside Gynaecologists in Limerick. Charlene enjoys teaching postnatal pilates classes, where she feels educating and empowering women throughout the forth trimester is vital for the health and wellbeing of new mums. Charlene has completed her pilates training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI).


Charlene is a member of both the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) and their subgroup Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health and Continence (CPWHC). Having completed her post graduate in the advanced practice of pelvic health she is also an affiliate member of the UK Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POPG) association. Charlene is a busy mum of two small children and a proud Lilywhite living in Limerick.