Frequently Asked Questions

What is pain?

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. It is often caused by the swelling of tissue, which creates pressure on the nerves and leads to discomfort. This is important to know as pain is a useful mechanism to alert you to a problem, and stops you from damaging your body further. 

It should always, therefore, be taken seriously. Pain can affect many areas of the body, and particularly the lower back, head, neck, joints and legs. It can result from injuries and arthritis, and can also manifest itself in the form of rheumatic and period pain.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists undertake many years of training and have a detailed understanding of how the body works. Chartered Physiotherapists study full-time for three of four years at University. During this time they will complete over 1000 hours of clinical practice in a number of different specialities. They promote good health by encouraging their patients to follow the advice they have given with reference to maintaining physical functions of the body.

Physiotherapy Organisations Physio First
Physio First is the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice it is an occupational group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and as such is formally recognised by the Council of Chartered Society as representing the interests of its self-employed members.

The Health Professional Council (HPC)
The Health Professional Council is the regulatory body for many health professions. Under current law only qualified people are registered with the Health Professional Council.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body of the UK's 47,000 Chartered Physiotherapists and physiotherapy students and assistants. All Physiotherapists are members of the CSP and will have either MCSP (Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists) or FCSP (Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Do I need a Doctor's referral?
You do not need a doctor's referral to receive physiotherapy; we are a private clinic as well as a NHS clinic. If you would like to make a private appointment then please telephone the clinic. The clinic deals with most Private Medical Insurance Companies.
How long will my appointment be?
On your first visit to the clinic the physiotherapist will assess the problem, this will be for 45 minutes, any treatment that you receive after will be for 30 minutes.
How much treatment will I need?
After your first visit your physiotherapists should be able to tell you approximately how many sessions you will need. However, in some cases this may not be possible.
Will I get any treatment on my first appointment?
Usually after the physiotherapist has assessed the problem they will give you physiotherapy on the same day.
What will the treatment involve?
The physiotherapist will explain this to you after you have had your first appointment.
What do I need to wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing that you are able to remove quickly should this be required.
How much will my treatment cost?
If you are a referred NHS patient, there will be no charge. If you are a private patient the cost is £45 for assessment and £40 for any appointments thereafter.
Is there a cancellation charge?
If you do not let us know you cannot attend your NHS appointment then you will lose one of your treatments. If you are a private patient and do not cancel the appointment then a full charge is made to cover the cost.