What is Physiotherapy?
Chartered Physiotherapists are rehabilitation experts who use mainly physical interventions such as exercise, manipulation, mobilisation and massage techniques to help patients recover from injury.
What is a Chartered Physiotherapist?
The title “Chartered Physiotherapist” alongside the initials MISCP demonstrates that the therapist is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP). Membership of the ISCP guarantees that your physio has undergone university training to the highest academic standards. Our Chartered Physiotherapy clinic in Naas is one of just a few that are a member.
They have comprehensive training and hospital-based experience in diagnosing and treating muscle and joint injuries. It provides the reassurance that your physiotherapist is a member of Ireland’s largest and most authoritative professional body in its field. Chartered Physiotherapists must also undergo a programme of Continuous Professional Development to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field.
What Happens at Your First Physiotherapy Appointment?
At your first visit your Chartered Physiotherapist will:
- Go through your medical history
- Assess your condition with a physical exam focussed on the injury site
- Provide you with a diagnosis
- Form a treatment programme based on your diagnosis
- Customise your exercise programme based on areas of weakness identified in the exam
- Advise on the appropriate time to return to normal activities and sport
- Liase with other medical professionals and provide onward referrals where necessary.
Do I need doctor’s referral?
Physiotherapists are primary care practitioners just like your GP. Therefore you do not require a GP referral to attend your physiotherapist
I HAVE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE – AM I COVERED?
Yes, Naas Physio Clinic is recognised by most health insurers in Ireland. The amount of remuneration received will be dependent on your particular health insurance plan.
To clarify your entitlements we recommend that you should contact your health insurer. Your receipts should be submitted to your insurance company at your year-end to receive remuneration.
DO YOU TREAT CHILDREN?
Yes, we treat patients of all ages, including children. If you are unsure whether we can help you with your child’s condition then please contact us.
All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied to the initial appointment by a parent or legal guardian for reasons relating to medical consent.
DO YOU DO ACCUPUNCTURE?
Yes, we offer a form of acupuncture known as dry needling. This form of acupuncture is used to release muscle spasm and decrease pain. This can be very effective in certain cases but is not suitable in others depending on the type of presentation.
What is the difference between a Physiotherapist and a Physical Therapist?
In the United States & Canada a ‘physiotherapist’ is referred to as a Physical Therapist. In Ireland, however, the title ‘physical therapist’ is not protected & therefore those undergoing part-time study can refer to themselves as a physical therapist. All Chartered Physiotherapists in Ireland have attended one of the recognised universities & have undergone extensive full-time education in order to qualify with the right of joining the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy. This qualification is recognised worldwide and entitles the physiotherapist to practice in any of the HSE or private hospitals throughout the state.
A ‘Chartered Physiotherapist’ is a respected part of the health network in Ireland and most GP’s will refer to Chartered Physiotherapists due to the recognition & standard of education associated with this qualification. Likewise, physiotherapists are more likely to interact with your GP in order to co-manage challenging conditions. All physiotherapists must undergo over 1,000 hours of clinical placement prior to qualification. The profession also requires ongoing professional development or yearly study as a requirement of maintaining registration with the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy. This ensures all members are up to date with developments within the Physiotherapy profession.
Physical therapists have undergone a three-year weekend course in a private institution to qualify as a physical therapist. The primary approach of a physical therapist is the use of manual techniques such as massage and soft tissue release techniques to manage muscular injuries. Physical therapists also undergo a much shorter clinical placement reflective of the shorter overall time required to attain the qualification.
The physiotherapy profession is recognised by the Department of Health. With the establishment of the physiotherapy registration board, the term physiotherapist will now be protected under law so that no unqualified individual may refer to themselves as a physiotherapist. The term physical therapist has not been included in the list of protected titles & therefore anybody can refer to themselves as a physical therapist. It is the wish of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy to bring Ireland in line with other countries by including the title physical therapist as protected & referring only to those who have completed a full-time degree course from a recognised university
To find out more, contact Naas Physio Clinic on:(045) 874 682
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