Common Questions

Physiotherapy Common Questions
You will find answers to your most common questions about physiotherapy.
What exactly is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a treatment that can be given patients in order to aid with pain relief, healing and rehabilitation of injuries, pain, medical and surgical conditions. The treatment is often recommended for a variety of muscular, joint and nerve conditions that may be the result of injury, illness or disability.

Physiotherapists will treat the patient using hands-on techniques. Aside from the included manual treatment, physiotherapists can also use electro medical  treatments, acupuncture and  giving you good advice on how to alter your lifestyle which can reduce the possibility of further muscular pain and joint problems, as well as providing you with exercises to take care of chronic conditions.

What problems can physiotherapy help with?
There is a wide variety of health conditions that physiotherapy can aid with, many of these conditions are in relation to the bones and joints, nerves, and soft tissues. Achieve Physiotherapy specialises in the assistance of conditions such as: arthritis; sports injuries; antenatal and postnatal; post operative recovery; back and neck pain; issues with the bones and joints and issues that occure in the occupational/corporate workplace environment.
How should I dress?
It is advised that patients wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Bear in mind that a physiotherapist will need to visually assess a patient regarding posture and movement, and will possibly need to move various areas of the body, thus these areas will need to be visible and assessable. Additionally, when the treatments involve manipulation and massage the site of injury will need to be exposed.
Is physiotherapy the same as massage?
Physiotherapy will introduce massage techniques if it is a suitable treatment to aid in a patient’s recovery however; it is more than a massage. Treatments can range from manual therapy which moves the joints, soft tissue mobilisation which would introduce a massage, to acupuncture, exercises and many more.
What does treatment involve?
Upon meeting a physiotherapist, they will initially begin a full assessment and physical examination in order to determine the nature of the patient’s condition, as well as the cause. Following this, the impact of the condition will be reviewed, as will the patient’s medical history to establish, in mutual agreement with the patient’s wishes, which treatment is most suitable and will then compile a tailored treatment programme.
Will treatment hurt?
On some occasions there can be discomfort. Physiotherapists will provide patients with an overview of what to expect prior, during, and following treatment and what reaction is expected from the treatment that is being given. Patients are advised to consult with their physiotherapist immediately if they have any concerns about the treatment.

General Question

Frequently Asked Questions
You will find answers to your most common questions about sessions.
How can I book the appointment date?
The initial appointment will involve a full assessment and your treatment. It will take 45 minutes up to 60 minutes.

Most follow up appointments will last for 30 minutes.

Will I need to see a doctor prior to treatment?
If a patient is referring themselves to a physiotherapist and will be paying for their own treatment, a visit to the GP is not necessary.

If a patient holds private medical insurance, they may need to obtain a referral from their GP in accordance to their insurer’s requirement. It is important to know that you should always check with your insurance company prior to attending your first session.

Can I contact my physio in between sessions if I have any questions?
Absolutely! If you are concerned about anything discussed or if you have questions in regards to the exercises shown, your Physio will be happy to address those issues in between sessions. If you’re really worried, you can send me a message and I will call you back.
Can I bring someone with me?
For Covid reasons in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19, I have stopped or limited visits… There are some cases where a chaperone is obligatory, such as with a patient with a disability or a child.

If you have any concerns, please speak to your physiotherapists who will be happy help…

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