Frequently asked questions
What is Physiotherapy?
A physiotherapist is a healthcare professional whose work is directed to the improved movement and function of persons who have sustained a musculoskeletal injury. The physiotherapist is most often a part of a larger healthcare team, as physiotherapists work closely with the physicians who provide a diagnosis with respect to a particular physical condition, which the physiotherapists seek to either correct or improve through treatment. In a sports setting, physiotherapists work closely with athletic trainers and sport coaches to assist injured athletes.
The general role of the physiotherapist is the treatment of physical disorders through the manipulation of the joints and other components of the musculoskeletal system. Physiotherapy is now recognized as a distinct branch of the medical sciences. In most countries, the academic training required for a career in physiotherapy is a course of university study, where the physiotherapy school is most often affiliated with a medical faculty. The chief components of a physiotherapy curriculum are biology (including anatomy and kinesiology), psychology, biomechanics, and pharmacology (the study of how drugs interact with bodily function). In many jurisdictions, physiotherapy is a freestanding and accredited profession, with independent control over its membership regarding licensing, education, and professional standards.
Are all your physiotherapist qualified?
Yes, all our physiotherapist are chartered and members of the Health Professions Council.
Is there a waiting list for treatment?
No. We can usually see you within 24 – 48 hours. Sometimes same-day appointments are available.
Who benefits from physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy treatment can help individuals of all ages to relieve pain and restore normal movement, allowing the body to function more efficiently. Normal posture and alignment can also be restored to prevent recurrence and to allow a speedy recovery.
How long are the sessions ?
Initial assessment: 45 minutes. Follow up treatment: 30 minutes.
Who is appropriate for physiotherapy?
People of all ages can benefit from physiotherapy. Whether you need to reduce pain, restore movement or return to sports and hobbies, an individual treatment program will be designed to help you achieve your goals.
How many treatments will I need?
We do not have a set number of treatments for any condition – every patient is an individual. However, following your first appointment the physiotherapist will discuss the anticipated number of treatments. You will be reassessed on each visit and if progress plateaus out or if no improvement seems apparent then your treatment will be altered accordingly or you will be referred on to a specialist.
What conditions can be treated?
A wide and varied range of conditions that involve pain, weakness and loss of movement will respond well to physiotherapy. If you are unsure whether you may benefit call us for a free phone consultation or look at the ‘conditions we treat’ page on the website.
What is a Chartered Physiotherapist? And why do I need to make sure that they are chartered?
Physiotherapists are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. This is our professional body whose guidelines and codes of practice we adhere to when becoming a member. Being seen by a chartered physiotherapist gives the public the security that you are seeing a competent and professional clinician.
Do I need to see my GP before I can have private physiotherapy?
No, a doctor referral is not necessary before seeing a physiotherapist. However, if you have private medical insurance some companies do require a doctor’s referral so please check with your insurance company before making an appointment.
Are your Physiotherapists registered with the HPC (Health professions council)?
Yes, our Physiotherapists are registered with the Health Professions Council and are also members of The CSP (The Chartered society of physiotherapy) and Physiofirst.
What shall I wear?
Wear something comfortable and appropriate for the area of your injury to be assessed thoroughly e.g. shorts for a knee injury. Your modesty will be respected at all times.
Can I bring someone with me?
Please feel free to bring a partner or friend along to accompany or chaperone you during your visits.
What are your opening times?
Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 9:00pm.
Satuday – Sunday , 9:30 – 16:00
What payment methods do you accept?
We currently accept cash, cheque or the following cards.