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  • About Physio

  • What is a Chartered Physiotherapist?

    A Physiotherapist is a professional who aims to reduce pain and correct dysfunction of physical injuries.  Physiotherapy is not complimentary medicine, but a scientifically based health profession allied within conventional medicine.

    To qualify as a chartered physiotherapist, a person must have completed a full four year bachelors program from a recognised university. In Ireland DCU, RCSI, Trinity, and University of Limerick are the institutions that award these degrees.  Training to be a physiotherapist involves not only education in musculoskeletal and sports problems, but neurology, cardiology, respiratory, exercise science, human biology and much more.

    To be a Chartered physiotherapist you must also be a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.  This is the professional body that certifies that your therapist is fully trained.   To maintain their membership they must adhere to regulatory and ethical guidelines and complete CPD (Continuing Professional Development), which ensures your therapist is fully up to date.

    A Chartered Physiotherapist will have the letters MISCP after their name.  This is your protection that you are being treated by a qualified practitioner.

    What about Physical Therapists?

    In the rest of the world (particularly US / Canada) the title Physical Therapists refers to Physiotherapists and the two are used interchangeably   However in Ireland there has been no protection in law for the title so it has been used by another group.  Physical Therapists in Ireland do a series of weekend courses that covers mostly musculoskeletal and sports.  This does not have the depth and educational time that a full physiotherapy degree covers.

    What does a physiotherapist do?

    The first thing your therapist must do is an assessment to try and determine both what is wrong and why it is wrong.  Sometimes this is fairly straightforward – a sprained ankle is ligament damage because you rolled the ankle.  Sometimes however it can be much more complicated – like a wrist tendonitis that is caused by a problem in the neck from poor posture.   Your therapist should take a thorough history, and do a good examination.

    While treating the immediate problem is a priority.  The ultimate focus of a good therapist is changing the underlying issues.  If you just treat the victim, and ignore the cause, then the problem is going to come back.  We aim also to teach you to take care of yourself.

    You will almost always get exercises to do.  While we cannot make you do them, we see the people who do their exercises getting better faster.  Not doing your exercse harms only you.