Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of treatments do Chartered
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?
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.
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 in 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
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.
Do I need to bring
anything with me?
You do not need to bring
anything specific with you. We may ask you to undress to your
underwear to carry out a treatment or assessment, so you may
feel more comfortable if you bring a pair of shorts with you.
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