What is Physio?

A Chartered Physiotherapist's main focus is reduction of pain and correction of dysfunction and injury. Chartered Physiotherapists are allied health professionals and Physiotherapy is considered within the realm of conventional medicine.

Physiotherapy is a science-based health care profession which involves evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a range of diseases, disorders and disabilities using physical means.

To become a Physiotherapist in Ireland, an individual must first obtain a graduate degree from an accredited Physiotherapy program. In Ireland, the Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy (BSc Physio) is conferred by Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, the Royal College of Surgeons and University of Limerick. During this time they complete over 1,000 hours of clinical practice in a number of different specialties. On leaving they are awarded a degree (not a diploma). Upon completing the degree the Physiotherapist must acquire their license and insurance from the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) and thereafter are referred to as a Chartered Physiotherapist.

In addition, Chartered Physiotherapists are compelled to fulfill their CPD (Continuous Professional Development) on an annual basis. This is closely monitored by our professional body, the ISCP. This ensures that Chartered Physiotherapists are up to date with new findings and techniques.

It is worth making the distinction that Physiotherapy is also referred to as physical therapy in the United States. Whereas in Ireland, Physical Therapists have just done weekend courses, not full time degrees. If you are confused as to who you should see, ask your GP.

Even, if you are not going to come to one of our clinics, we will strongly advise that you make sure you see a Chartered Physiotherapist. This guarantees that:

Your body is extremely important, always ensure you look for Chartered or MISCP (Member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy) before you let someone treat you.


Treatment fees are 50 Euro per consultation BUT

You can recover costs of treatment from your medical insurance. Chartered Physiotherapy is eligible for refuund with VHI, Quinn Medical, Hibernian Health (Vivas, the Hospital Saturday Fund, Prison Officers, Defence Forces, An Garda Siochana, among others (however we do advise you to check your policy in case of additional terms and conditions). Reimbursement rates vary depending on your policy.

Tax relief is available on all Chartered Physiotherapy costs.

EXAMPLE. 50 Euros fee. RECLAIM 40 Euro back from health insurance. Remaining 10 Euro is subject to tax relief, treatment cost could end up costing you just 7 Euro!

What about payment?
Payment must be made after each consultation. Receipts are given after each treatment session for tax or health insurance companies.

Do you know how many treatments I will need?
Whilst each patient is an individual, following your first appointment the anticipated number of treatments will be discussed. You will be re-assessed on each visit. The amount of sessions required varies with each individual and with each condition. However, the standard quota in most cases would be a minimum of 6-10 sessions. The frequency of attendance, whether a few times a week, or once every couple of weeks will also depend on the clients particular complaint.