The name John Butler is synonymous with the treatment of both sports and general injuries in Galway city and county. Fifteen years after opening the door of his first clinic in Bohermore, John and his team provide a wide range of services at their Liosbaun clinic on the Tuam Road, Galway.
Reflecting on the past 15 years John says it has been an amazing journey. The fact that he is now treating the children of some of his first clients gives two indications; that the clinic is doing something right, and loyalty and trust can thankfully last a lifetime.
John Butler Sports Injury Clinic has grown steadily over the years treating sports teams and players from all codes, which suggests it would be easier to name the teams or clubs he hasn’t dealt with at this stage.
In 2005, John decided to add more services to his practice and to elevate the clinic’s business profile to the next level. Numerous services are now provided at the clinic such as sports injury treatments, sports/holistic massage, physiotherapy, dry needling, cryotherapy bath, and sports rehab packages. Of course not everyone can attend the clinic so the next step was to set up a mobile service which he did in 2012. This means that people can now avail of a homecare physio service. The company provides these services to many of Galway’s top multinationals and care homes.
John Butler Sports Injury & Physiotherapy also began working with the jockeys at the Galway Races in 2012 and is now delighted to provide sport injury and physiotherapy services to all the country’s flat and jump jockeys at every racecourse. John says it is very rewarding to work with professional sports men and women but this can also bring extra pressure to get them back as quickly as possible without putting them at further risk by going back too soon.
The businessman smiles when he is asked what the future holds. “We started in 2001 with foot and mouth and thankfully got over that, so after a start like that I think we’ll jump any hurdle! Of course I have plans but all in good time. Today is about celebrating the last 15 years and thanking each and every one who supported the business and myself personally over the years, and to remember those we met along this great journey that sadly are no longer with us.”
He pays tribute to his staff. “Over the years we have had some fantastic staff and of course without them we would not have the business we have today so I must acknowledge this and thank each and every one of them. As a family we feel very grateful and blessed. My wife Mary runs the office side of things and I look forward to our children Sean and Amy perhaps having an interest in the business in years to come.”