About Lisa

I have been in the fitness industry for over 25 years, serving 22 years as a Physical Training Instructor and Injury Rehabilitation Specialist in the armed forces. After leaving the military I set up Tone to the Bone, utilising my knowledge and expertise to aid the recovery and ambitions of clients within the private sector.

Lisa O'Malley

What sets me apart from other therapists?

I have experienced every injury within the army from your basic ankle sprain, back complaint, fracture to complicated neurological injuries such as a stroke. I worked at Headley court in complex trauma dealing with injuries such as amputation, burns, blast injuries and anything that caused trauma to the body.

Your level of function is my concern and whether it be you need rehabilitating after a surgery, a traumatic accident or a simple fall I have the level of experience and knowledge to help you achieve your maximum level of function. Everyone functional ability is different but its training you back to being the best you can be. If you are injured, recovering from surgery or just unsure where to start in your fitness journey, I can help you become the best you can be.

I have had many life experiences where I have been challenged personally so I can relate to most issues. I have regained my fitness level 3 times after giving birth, I have battled cancer twice and believe whole heartedly that my fitness level kept me alive and helped me to beat it. I had to rehabilitate myself back to full function and it took me 5 years to reach my previous level of fitness, so dedication, motivation and determination are key, these three words are the backbone of Tone to the bone.

I have been in the fitness industry for over 25 years. I joined the Army at 19 and then became a PTI at 22, in order to increase my knowledge of rehabilitation I joined the physical training corps in the Army. I trained a further 8 years to get to the required standard both in physical fitness and knowledge through various courses such as circuit training instructor, ante and post-natal, mountain leader trainer, football referee and gym instructor to name a few.

In 2007 I qualified as a Rehabilitation Specialist.

So what is the difference between a physiotherapist and a rehabilitation therapist?
We do the same length of degree and cover a lot of the same subjects, however a physio will do a rotation in a hospital where they work in different medical departments and work with different ailments. A rehabilitation therapist will work only with musculoskeletal issues.
“Your physical therapist helps you regain the skills necessary for basic daily activities, whereas a sports rehabilitation specialist helps you regain skills necessary for recreation and athletic competition. The rehabilitation specialist assumes that an athlete had an advanced level of fitness before she was injured. Plyometric exercise, for example, plays a key role in many sports conditioning programs, but it is less common in basic fitness routines. The specialist would thus feel comfortable prescribing plyometric rehabilitation workouts to an athlete but may have reservations prescribing them to a previously unfit person.”

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