Frequently Asked Questions:
What sort of treatments do Chartered Physiotherapists use?
The modern Chartered Physiotherapist uses a wide range of skills including manipulation, mobilisation, massage and exercises, often aided by the use of sophisticated electronic and electrical apparatus - all designed to help in the relief of pain and to promote healing. Preventative measures are very important in physiotherapy. The Physiotherapist will spend time teaching the patient how to avoid re-occurrence of his/her problem.
How does a Physiotherapist decide the best form of treatment?
Physiotherapists undertake a thorough assessment of each problem. This will involve a thorough examination, together with an understanding of your work, rest and recreational activities.
This full assessment may identify a problem which is situated some distance from where the pain is felt. It also ensures that the diagnosis and treatment will relate to you and your whole lifestyle. After full consultation with you and your physiotherapist, and possibly your doctor, the best form of treatment will be decided on.
How does Physiotherapy differ from the "alternative" forms of healing?
The methods used by "alternative" therapies differ widely, but most of the theories and principles which govern them are included as standard practice in Chartered Physiotherapy, which is the "orthodox alternative".
Physiotherapy is a medically recognised treatment with physiotherapists working closely with GPs and Consultants.
Many physiotherapists have developed additional skills in areas such as acupuncture, reflex therapy, aqua-aerobic fitness programmes, Alexander technique, aromatherapy, cranio-sacral therapy and Shiatsu.
How do I know if a physiotherapist is fully trained and has a qualification recognised by the state?
Only members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and having designatory letters "MCSP" or "FCSP" after their name, and Health Professions Council (HPC), have undergone the required training and passed the necessary state recognised examinations to enable them to practice within the NHS or in Private Practice.
Do I have to be referred by a doctor?
No, not necessarily. You may consult a Chartered Physiotherapist without a doctors referral, but contact will usually be maintained between your GP and Physiotherapist. Chartered Physiotherapists work in close co-operation with GPs in much the same way as consultants do, and this relationship is for the ultimate benefit for you, the patient.
What do I need to do to book an appointment?
If you wish to be seen privately, all you need to do is to contact us and one of our administrators will be able to book you a visit at a time that is convenient to you. Although you do not need a doctors referral, we do liase with GP and usually send a report on completion of your treatment. If you specify that you do not wish your doctor to be contacted, we will of course comply with your wishes.
If you are claiming from a health insurance company for the cost of your treatment, you may need to have a referral from your doctor. Please check with your insurance company first.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
Following your initial assessment the physiotherapist will be able to advise you as to how much treatment you may require. Generally the longer you have had symptoms, the more treatment will be required but as a guide, the average number of treatments varies between 4 and 8. Normally if you are not improving after 3 sessions, we would suggest that treatment is not continued until perhaps further investigations are undertaken, or your doctor has reviewed you.