Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be referred by my GP?
No, you can consult a chartered physiotherapist without a doctor's referral. Your first appointment will primarily be an assessment even if you come with a condition already diagnosed.
Contact will usually be maintained between your GP and physio (unless you do not wish your GP to be contacted.)
Do I need to bring anything with me?
We may ask you to undress to your underwear (depending on the site of the problem) to assess/treat your symptoms. You may feel more comfortable if you bring a pair of shorts. It is not essential.
How many treatment sessions will I require?
Following your initial assessment the physio will be able to advise you as to how much treatment you may require. Generally the longer you have had the symptoms, the more treatment will be required, but as a guide, the average no of sessions varies between 4 and 8. A person seeking advice on do s and don’ts in relation to their condition might just attend 1 or2 sessions to be shown specific exercises and receive some general management advice.
Can I have someone with me for my session?
Yes. We don't provide a chaperone but if you want to bring a family member or friend that is fine. We don't have that much space in our rooms for more than one person with you. We have a waiting area where someone is welcome to wait for you.
Will my health insurance cover the cost of the treatment?
PP are recognised by all the major private health insurance companies. Patients often need to be referred by their GP or specialist to the claim the cost of their physio treatment through medical insurance. We recommend you check your policy prior to your initial visit. We will need an authorisation code to proceed with your booking if you are claiming through health insurance.
Does acupuncture work?
The use of acupuncture for the treatment of pain is supported by an ever-growing body of evidence. The national institute of health and clinical excellence (NICE) recommend acupuncture as a cost effective short term treatment for persistent non specific low back pain.
I’m having acupuncture with you. Do I need to prepare in any way?
Acupuncture may lower blood sugar levels, and therefore it is advisable to have at least a snack within 2 hours of your appointment.
Can I donate blood after acupuncture?
All Physiotherapists at the clinic are registered with the health and care professions council (HCPC). There is no restriction on donating blood if the acupuncture is carried out by a member of the HCPC.