What is a chartered physiotherapist?

Since launching their successful physiotherapy service last year, Whelehans staff are often asked are all ‘physios’ the same? Unfortunately the answer is no. Unlike other medical professionals such as doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, up until recently there has been no protection in Irish law for the title of physiotherapist in Ireland. This means that in essence, anyone such as a ‘massage therapist’ or ‘sports therapist’ has been able to assume the name of ‘physiotherapist’.

Several therapists have been practising in settings including sports and leisure using the term physiotherapist, physio, or physical therapist but who have not completed the required courses recognised by the only governing body in the Republic of Ireland, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

Protect yourself by ensuring you always check that the person pertaining to be a physiotherapist is a chartered physiotherapist. A chartered physiotherapist will have the letters MISCP after their name. Chartered physiotherapists are committed to continual professional development and education ensuring the most up-to-date knowledge and evidence for your care.

Whelehans has just launched its new purpose-built physiotherapy clinical room with chartered physiotherapist Sinead Brogan. Sinead is very interested in sports injuries, having worked with a number of Gaelic and rugby teams providing pitch-side cover.

Physiotherapy services are available at Whelehans Pharmacy, 38 Pearse Street, Mullingar. Book a physiotherapy appointment by calling Sinead at (083 ) 1722171. Reduced physiotherapy rates for over 60s and affiliated sport clubs.

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