You do not need a doctor’s referral to attend a physiotherapist. If you have recently had any surgeries or investigations we ask that you bring a copy of any reports or letters that you may have.
On the first visit, a comprehensive medical history and history of the current problem will be taken. Following this we will take you through a physical examination involving various movements and tests to help us to diagnose the problem. You can expect to leave with a clear picture of what your problem is, what caused it, and how it is best treated. We also aim to get you feeling much better than when you walked in. Any exercises we give you can be given in written or video format.
People and their injuries vary greatly, so unfortunately there is no straight answer! However our philosophy is to get people better as quickly as possible. We allow 40 mins per session, which is longer than the industry average of 30 mins for the same cost. This allows us to get to the root of the problem, and deal with it efficiently. We will be up front with you and discuss the plan and prognosis with you on your first visit.
Our aim is to get you leaving the clinic in less pain than when you came in. Sometimes this may involve treating deep muscles and joints. Occasionally this can leave a mild temporary feeling of being “a bit bruised” – if you feel this after treatment, the best thing to do is put some heat on the area (eg a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel, using a heat patch or bag), making sure to keep the heat at a comfortable temperature. This feeling will wear off quickly.
We specialise in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy – that is, any problem in your muscles or soft-tissues from your head to your toes, whether this be a tension headache, lower back pain, sciatica, a stiff neck, an arthritic knee, or a sore foot. If we are dealing with something that we feel needs more than just physiotherapy, we will discuss referring you on to our network of specialists.
If you are attending for lower back pain or a leg problem, shorts are ideal. But don’t worry if you haven’t brought them, we have very stylish back up ones in the clinic!
Upper back, neck and shoulder problems require the area to be exposed, so for females a garment that exposes the area such as a string top is ideal if you are not comfortable in a bra.
Generally once you can make it to the clinic we can treat it! In the very early stages of an injury (first 48-72 hours) it may not be appropriate to treat the injury with “hands on” physiotherapy, but advice, taping/strapping/bandaging/immobilising, and exercise prescription at this stage are often crucial to a quicker recovery.
In Ireland the title "Physiotherapist" is not protected by law, and so is not evidence of a formal qualification in Physiotherapy. This can be confusing to the general public. However “Chartered Physiotherapist” is a protected title, and requires a university degree in physiotherapy, and membership of the professional regulating body the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP).
To become a Chartered Physiotherapist we must have a university degree in physiotherapy. We are medically trained, and are recognised by the Department of Health. Chartered Physiotherapists are regulated by the ISCP. We are a science and evidence based profession. In order to maintain our chartered status, we are required to perform continuing post-graduate education to keep our practise up to date with the best current practise.
It is important to ensure that your physiotherapist is a member of the ISCP. Chartered Physiotherapists are recognised and covered by VHI, Laya healthcare, GloHealth, Aviva and other health insurance schemes.