Physiotherapy is a science-based healthcare profession concerned with human function and movement. It integrates assessment, clinical evaluation and evidence-based treatments to promote, maintain and restore function and maximise each person’s individual potential.
Physiotherapy achieves this through relieving pain, improving joint and muscle function, developing strength, flexibility and co-ordination and through education of clients to maintain their health.
Physiotherapy can also be utilised to identify injury risk factors and implement treatment strategies to lower this risk and prevent injury occurrence or re-occurrence.
The title ‘Chartered Physiotherapist’ and the initials MISCP indicate that a physiotherapist is a member of the professional regulating body, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP).
Membership of the society is granted to graduates of accredited university physiotherapy degrees incorporating significant hospital-based training who have demonstrated that they are competent practitioners, educated to the highest international standards.
The ISCP is the only association in Ireland recognized by the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT). Evidence of continuing professional development is now mandatory for all ISCP members with an emphasis on evidence-based practice.
From Sept 2018 all Chartered Physiotherapists must also have applied for registration with Irelands new Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU).
Treatment fees incurred with Chartered Physiotherapists can be reclaimed from Health Insurance Providers. Relief can be claimed at 20% on the remainder of the fee through the PAYE system.