Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Chartered Physiotherapist?

A Chartered physiotherapist is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) the governing body of the profession. CSP members have completed a 3-4 year degree course, based on western medicine with a particular emphasis on anatomy and neurophysiology. They are governed by the CSP codes of professional conduct and are also fully insured to provide treatment services within their scope of practice.

What should I bring with me/wear on my initial appointment?

If you have a low back complaint or leg problems then it is advisable that you wear loose fitting trousers or shorts. For neck, shoulder or thoracic problems a vest or strappy top is probably more suitable for assessment purposes. If you are claiming from a health scheme such as Bupa or Axa PPP then an authorisation code is usually necessary. This can be obtained directly from your insurer, and brought to the first appointment.

Do I need a doctors referral?

No, it is not necessary to have a referral from your GP, you can self refer for physiotherapy. The physiotherapist works closely with the GP, and will keep them advised of any treatment undertaken.

Will my private health insurance cover me?

Patients can usually use their private medical insurance to pay for physiotherapy treatment. This usually means you need to pay initially but you can claim your costs back. The clinic is recognised by all major insurance schemes' including Bupa and Westfield.

How long is each session?

Please allow up to an hour for the initial assessment. Follow up treatment sessions usually last between 30 - 40 minutes.

How many sessions will I need?

This will usually depend on the severity of the condition, and how long the problem has been present. A standard course of physiotherapy will typically last between 4 - 6 sessions, with some patients only requiring 1 or 2 visits, while others may need a longer period of time before they reach a full recovery.

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment then please email us at or call us on 01709 828928.


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The Birkdale Clinic
Clifton Lane
S65 2AJ

T; 07708 442125 (for appointments)
T; 01709 828928 fax 01709 828372

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