The modern chartered physiotherapist uses a wide range of skills including manipulation, acupuncture, mobilisation, massage and exercise, often aided by the use of sophisticated electronic and electrical equipment – all designed to help in relieving pain, restoring function and promoting healing.
You may consult a chartered physiotherapist without a doctor's referral, but contact will usually be maintained between your GP and the physiotherapist. Chartered physiotherapists work in close co-operation with GP's in much the same way as consultants do, and this relationship is for the ultimate benefit to you the patient.
You are welcome to bring a chaperone during the initial assessment and treatments if you wish. However, our team of physiotherapists includes both male and female therapists so you can specify your preference when making an appointment.
You may need to undress for parts of the assessment to enable the physiotherapist to see the area affected. For example, if you are coming with an ankle of knee problem it would be advisable to wear or bring shorts.
The physiotherapist treating you will discuss with you if they feel it is appropriate for you to see a specialist, they will talk to you and review the reasons for and potential benefits of a specialist opinion. You may be referred to a specialist for further investigation (MRI scan / X ray)
Yes, all our team are Chartered Physiotherapists and registered with all of the major healthcare insurers. Please check with your insurance company before starting treatment, since they may need to authorise treatment prior to its commencement.
All chartered physiotherapists have undergone extensive training and have completed the necessary academic examinations in order for them to practice. Their names will be suffixed by MCSP and will be members of the Health Professions Council (HPC), which proves that they are state registered.