What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a science based health care profession in which principles from biological, physical and behavioural sciences are integrated and applied. It involves the identification and maximisation of the individual patients functional ability and potential, prevention of disease or injury, treatment and rehabilitation. It is particularly concerned with enabling patients to restore and maintain maximal movement and functional ability throughout their life span. This is especially important when movement and function are compromised by injury, pain, disease, environmental factors or the ageing process.
Is physiotherapy the right treatment choice for me?
There are many hands on therapies but physiotherapy is unique in its approach. Through training and continuous professional development, physiotherapists gain an in depth knowledge of the normal and pathological human body functions. Physiotherapy is holistic in the way all body tissues are considered in conjunction with movement and functional disorders. If your dysfunction is as a result of injury or illness, or affects the skeletal, joint, soft tissue, lymphatic, or neural structures, then physiotherapy can help you.
What does a physiotherapy treatment involve at The Therapy Room?
During your first visit to The Therapy Room you will have the opportunity to discuss your symptoms and any other health issues. Your movement and function will then be fully assessed to investigate the quality and range of movement to identify any structures causing limitations. After a full treatment, the assessment findings will be shared with you so you have a clear idea of what is going on. We can discuss the options available so that you can make an informed choice about your treatment. We will work with you to achieve realistic goals that are relevant to your individual lifestyle. If more sessions are required these can be booked at your convenience.
At The Therapy Room, the physiotherapist works as part of a larger multi disciplinary team, to ensure that you are receiving the best possible care. It is sometimes necessary therefore to refer clients on to other specialists, e.g. orthopaedic consultants, or for further investigations e.g. X Rays or MRI scans.
Do you need a doctor’s referral to receive physiotherapy treatment at The Therapy Room?
To receive physiotherapy in the NHS you will need either a referral from your GP or hospital consultant. To attend private physiotherapy you are able to make an appointment without referral. However, if you have private health care insurance, they often state that you need a GP referral to verify your treatment.
What is a chartered physiotherapist?
To work in the NHS or private practice, a physiotherapist needs to be chartered - which means they are an active member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, indicated by the letters MCSP after their name.
To maintain membership, physiotherapists have to keep unto date with current practise and maintain a professional portfolio of their continual professional development actiivity, this is to protect the public from substandard practice, and to ensure high professional standards of evidence based care are maintained.