About Us


Richard Shortall

A winner of Trinity College’s prestigious Foundation Scholarship, Richard placed first in his graduating class in 1993 and stayed on at Trinity to get his master’s degree in Sports Medicine. He has extensive clinical experience in a variety of physiotherapy sub-specialties including sports injuries, chronic pain, spinal rehabilitation, hospital inpatient care, post-surgical rehabilitation, chronic pain, orthopaedics and rheumatology.

Since graduation he has completed numerous post-graduate courses in Ireland, Britain, Australia and the US. Richard now focuses on neuro-musculoskeletal physiotherapy which means he treats a wide variety of conditions from the usual ‘sprains, strains, aches and pains’, to spinal problems such as back, thoracic and neck pain, ‘degenerative disc disease’, nerve conditions like sciatica and more complicated issues like headache, myofascial trigger points, persistent and undiagnosed pain and complex regional pain syndromes.

His particular interest is in manual therapy, dry needling and myofascial release procedures for muscle pain, and therapeutic exercises aimed at restoring the natural stability and alignment of the body. Richard relishes the challenge of ‘undiagnosed’ conditions or chronic problems that have not responded to other treatment approaches.

Richard is also a qualified PE and Mathematics teacher and a former basketball and athletics coach. In school he played representative rugby for Leinster, and while a member of South Dublin/DFRC, won several national athletics titles, was captain of the Irish Schools Athletics Team and a multiple medal-winner in the European FISEC games. He has recently returned from living in the US where he had a keen interest in skiing.


At Alliance Physiotherapy we focus on pain control and treating the root cause of the problem. You will receive one to one focused treatment specifically tailored to your needs. We enable our clients to self manage by providing advice, exercise and education. This means you will keep the amount of physiotherapy treatments to a minimum whilst receiving the best care.

4 Ballybane Road, Galway
Eircode H91 XE27

Mon – 9.00 am – 5.30 pm
Tues – 9.00 am – 8.30 pm
Wed – 9.00 am – 5.30 pm
Thu – 9.00 am- 8.30 pm
Fri  – 9.00 am – 5.30 pm
Sat – 9.00 am – 1.30 pm


087 40 30 340