What is a chartered physiotherapist?
A chartered physiotherapist is a healthcare professional who has obtained a three or four year Bachelor of Science Degree in physiotherapy. All chartered physiotherapists carry the initials MISCP showing membership of the professional regulating body the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
Chartered physiotherapists are qualified to assess, diagnose and treat people of all age groups who may suffer injury disability or illness of musculoskeletal or neuromuscular origin. They work very closely with other professionals like doctors, consultants and occupational therapists.
What does the initials MISCP stand for?
MISCP stands for member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy, which is the governing body for all chartered physiotherapists.
Do all chartered physiotherapists treat all age groups?
Physiotherapists are qualified to treat all age groups. However, in the cases of children and elderly it would be advisable to ask your physiotherapist over the phone prior to making an appointment whether they can treat the case in question. If not they may be able to direct you to another chartered physiotherapist who has more specialist qualifications in that area.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
No. A GP referral is not necessary. However, if you have been referred by a GP it's advised to bring your referral letter and any other reports along with you.
What should I wear?
We would recommend comfortable clothes. Shorts are useful with any problem of the back or leg. However, if you forget we provide shorts for you.
How long does a treatment session usually last for?
Monday to Friday: 40 minute appointments
Saturdays: 30 minute appointments.
What can I expect on my first treatment session?
The physiotherapist will ask you some questions about your injury, how it happened and how it affects your life. A physical examination will then be completed investigating the problem area. A diagnosis will be made and this will be discussed with you as well as treatment options. On the first visit some treatment will be carried out and advise given about posture and some exercises may be given. You will also have to opportunity to ask any questions about your condition.
Can my problem be fixed in one treatment?
It really depends on what your complaint is. Usually a course of physiotherapy is needed. Your physiotherapist will be able to give you an approximate number of sessions after your consultation.
Is physiotherapy painful?
There may be some discomfort experienced after your consultation as your physiotherapist will have to provoke your symptoms in order to be able to diagnose your problem. Once the problem has been established your physiotherapist will then commence treatment with the aim of returning you to your daily activities pain free.
Can you be found on facebook?
Yes, we have a facebook page where we advertise clinic promotions, exercise class schedules and physiotherapy related news and articles.
Will I be covered by my health insurance?
All major health insurance companies cover chartered physiotherapists but it's important that your physiotherapist is chartered to gain the cover you are expecting.
How much can I claim back on my health insurance?
This will depend on your health insurance plan. It's better to get in touch with your provider first and see what you can claim back.
Can I receive tax rebate on my physiotherapy costs?
Yes. Whether you are self-employed or a PAYE individual you may be able to claim tax rebate on your physiotherapy costs at the standard rate of tax. You will need to fill out a Med 1 form if you are a PAYE individual. Your physiotherapy costs can be greatly reduced if you claim back through both your income tax and health insurance.