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What Is Physiotherapy?

It is widely believed that Physiotherapy techniques were used as far back as 460BC, when early physicians such as Hippocrates practiced elements of Physiotherapy like manual therapy and massage. Physiotherapy has been developing since then to become what it is today… a science evolved from evidence based research enabling physiotherapists to provide the most effective form of treatment to their patients.   

Physiotherapy is basically the science of diagnosing and treating injuries or diseases by using mostly physical means. The main aim is to reduce pain and minimise dysfunction by using evidence based techniques. Physiotherapy encompasses all areas of the lifespan from infants to the elderly in areas such as musculoskeletal, orthopaedics, rheumatology, respiratory, neurology, sports injuries and women’s/men’s health.

It takes a minimum of four years in full time university course to obtain a degree in Physiotherapy and entitles the Physiotherapist to use the letters BscPhysio (Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy). There are only four universities in Ireland that have full time degree courses in Physiotherapy and they are TCD, UCD, RCSI and UL. Graduates of the degree will have completed over 1000 clinical hours during their training, under the guidance of Senior Physiotherapists.

Once qualified the Physiotherapist can join the ISCP and become a member of the society allowing them to use the title “Chartered”. The ISCP is the sole authoritative body for Physiotherapy in Ireland as recognised by the World Confederation of Physiotherapy (WCPT). At The Physio Company all of our Physiotherapists are “Chartered”, are members of the ISCP or CSP and hold current professional indemnity so that you are assured that you are in safe hands.

Chartered Physiotherapists are dedicated to Continual Professional Development which is audited by the Society and basically means that they must perform a specific number of hours per year updating their skills and reviewing current research. Here at the Physio company we have a full CPD schedule to assist our Team, have a dedicated CPD co-ordinator and award CPD bursaries to allow them to further their knowledge as we know that investment in our Team will mean better service delivery to our patients.

Physiotherapy is also known as Physical Therapy in the United States. In Ireland however, Physical Therapists don’t hold University Degrees in Physiotherapy, cannot join the ISCP, cannot call themselves “Physiotherapists” or become Chartered. In addition they are not able to work in Hospitals or in the Public Health Service. Your GP can guide you if you are unsure as to who you should attend and if in doubt we strongly advise you to “Choose Chartered” even if you are not coming to see one of our Chartered Physiotherapists.