Frequently Asked Questions
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is defined as:
'a health profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising potential; it uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status.'
- The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Most people come and see us because they are in pain. We aim to assess your complaint and use our physiotherapy skills to improve your condition in as few sessions as possible.
How will physiotherapy help me?
The best thing to do if you're not sure about how physiotherapy can help your condition is to contact us. We are always happy to discuss any issues with you prior to making an appointment. If you would like to speak to us call 07887 611300 or email us at . You may need to leave a message but this will be confidential and only trained physiotherapists have access to the information.
How do I know that my physiotherapist is qualified?
To call yourself a Chartered Physiotherapist you must be a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. This is a professional body whose guidelines and codes of practice we must adhere to as members. By going to a chartered physiotherapist you have the security that you are seeing a competent and professional clinician. Healthy Limbs is a member of the Health Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Practitioners using the title 'Physiotherapist' must also be registered with the Health Professions Council. You can check a practitioner’s HPC on the HPC website at www.hpcheck.org.
How many treatments will I need?
We do not have a set number of treatments for any condition but following your first appointment the physiotherapist will discuss the anticipated number of treatments. You will be reassessed on each visit and we will be honest if we think that physiotherapy is not helping your condition. Most people seem to need between three and six sessions but every patient is an individual.
Is there a waiting list for treatment?
No. We can usually see you at a time that’s convenient for you. Same-day appointments may even be available.
Who can be treated by a physiotherapist?
People of all ages can benefit from our physiotherapeutic skills. When you need to reduce pain, restore movement or return to sports, hobbies or pre injury fitness, our individualised approach will help you reach your potential.
Will my insurance company pay for me to have physio with you?
No, we do not work with any insurance companies due to the high cost of administration. We offer very competitive prices, which means that individuals who are not members of health schemes find it an affordable option.
Do I need to see my GP before I can have private physiotherapy?
No, a doctor referral is not necessary before seeing a physiotherapist. We may ask your GP for medical information, where appropriate but we would always tell you if we thought this was necessary. If you ask us for a letter detailing your treatment to be sent to your GP/specialist/workplace, we would need to charge you a £10 admin fee for this information.
What shall I wear?
Wear something comfortable and appropriate for the area of your injury to be assessed thoroughly e.g. shorts for a knee injury. Naturally we respect your modesty and any cultural considerations.
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