1What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy is a hands-on and natural treatment which helps maintain and restore optimum movement and functional ability for your body. It involves hands-on treatment of soft tissue to release tension, reduce pain and restore range of movement. It is a primary care health profession and is established on health science principles.

Many of the physical problems you experience are caused by or manifest themselves through: injury, disease, ageing or environmental factors. If you experience pain or discomfort from any normal body movement or function you may be suffering from some form of injury – possibly caused by one of the factors listed above.

Physical Therapy provides a holistic and natural approach to help to restore you to a pain-free life.

2What should I wear?

You should wear something that you will feel comfortable in, loose-fitting clothes and shorts are advised. It is likely that the site of the injury will need to be exposed; however your modesty and dignity will not be compromised at any stage.

3How much time should I allow for each visit?

Your first visit will more than likely take 1 hour. Subsequent visits can take anything from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

4How many treatments will I require?

The number of treatments required will depend on many factors including:

  • The length of time the symptoms have been present.
  • The amount of damage / tissue change occurred.
  • The client’s own physiological healing capability.
  • The client’s own response to the treatment.
  • How diligently the patient follows his/her specifically designed rehabilitation plan.
  • 5Are Physical Therapy treatments recognized by health insurance providers?

    Physical Therapy treatments carried out by I.A.P.T. members are recognised by the principal health insurance providers,
    including: Aviva Health, Laya Healthcare, VHI Healthcare, Glo Health, Garda Medical, ESB Medical, Hospital Saturday Fund and Irish Life Assurance. Please contact your provider for details.

    6What qualification does my Physical Therapist have?

    Rory is a registrant on the CORU register of Physiotherapists and as a member of the I.A.P.T. Rory holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Science from the Institute of Physical Therapy. This degree is awarded by HETAC, the statutory authority for awarding third level qualifications in Ireland and is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).