Kilross Clinic

Frequently Asked Questions

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body's own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
Osteopaths' patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, repetitive strain injury, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and sports injuries.
At the first consultation, the osteopath will compile a full case history of your symptoms, as well as asking for information about your lifestyle and diet. The osteopath may also observe you making some simple movements to help them make a diagnosis. You will usually be asked to remove some clothing near the area of the body to be examined. Osteopaths are trained to examine areas of the body using a highly-developed sense of touch, known as palpation, to determine conditions and identify the body's points of weakness or excessive strain. Osteopathy is a 'package' of care that includes skilled mobilising and manipulative techniques, reinforced by guidance on diet and exercise. The osteopath will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively. If the osteopath thinks that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, you will be advised about how to seek further care. Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP.
In general, the first treatment lasts about 30 minutes. Your first appointment is usually slightly longer to allow for a full case history to be taken.
Treatment costs vary across the ireland, but typically range from 50 to 70 euro for a 30 minute session.
No. Most patients 'self refer' to an osteopath for treatment. Although referral by a GP is not necessary, patients are encouraged to keep both their GP and osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are current and complete and the patient receives the best possible care from both healthcare practitioners.
Yes. GPs refer patients to our practice where they believe our intervention would be beneficial. We have a good trustful working relationship with those GPs.
All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council.
Undergraduate students follow a four or five-year degree course combining academic and clinical work. Qualification generally takes the form of a bachelor's degree in osteopathy - a BSc(Hons), BOst or BOstMed - or a masters degree in osteopathy (MOst). Many osteopaths continue their studies after graduating. Osteopaths are required to update their training throughout their working lives. They must complete at least 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development per year.
The standards of osteopathic training and practice are maintained and developed by the General Osteopathic Council, the profession's statutory regulator established under the Osteopaths Act 1993.

Physiotherapy is a health profession concerned with helping to restore well-being to people following injury, pain or disability. Using knowledge from our extensive scientific background of human anatomy and physiology, Chartered Physiotherapists can help to:

Assess, diagnose and treat conditions and illnesses that affect people in all ages and social groups. Assist a patient to prevent injury in the workplace or on the sports field Promote healthier lifestyles for all.

Chartered Physiotherapists use mainly physical means such as exercise, manipulation, mobilisation, massage and electrical modalities to help patients achieve their full potential. While traditionally, physiotherapy was regarded as rehabilitative and mainly hospital-based, the profession has expanded greatly into other health care areas. We have invaluable expertise to offer in educational and preventative roles in the community, the workplace and in private practice.

The title "Physiotherapist" alone is not evidence of a formal qualification in Physiotherapy. A Chartered Physiotherapist is a specialised member of the health care team. We are recognised by the medical professions and the Department of Health. 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. Chartered Physiotherapists have the high level of education, knowledge and experience needed to give a high quality and effective service to patients. When you attend a Chartered Physiotherapist, you can be sure of: A professional, scientific approach to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of your complaint Seeing a therapist who has qualified with a University degree and who is committed to continuing education and research.

We help and treat patients from all age groups and all walks of life:

- From premature babies and children in special schools to the elderly in Day Care Centres
- From members on your local GAA, Soccer or Rugby team to elite athletes involved in all sports at national and international level
- From treating injured workers to preventing injury and ensuring a safe working environment
- From educating women on antenatal care and fitness prior to childbirth to treating women who suffer from incontinence after childbirth.
Chartered Physiotherapists are involved in many other areas such as:

- Back and Neck Pain
- Headaches
- Sporting injuries
- Fitness monitoring
- Pre-season assessment
- Treatment of injuries
- Respiratory care, helping people overcome breathing difficulties and preventing infection
- Orthopaedics, rehabilitating people following surgery on bones and joints e.g. total knee replacement
- Paediatrics, helping babies in special care units
- Helping children in developmental clinics and special schools to achieve independence
- Neurology, helping people suffering from conditions such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, head injury and others to overcome problems due to muscle weakness, pain and poor balance to increase their independence at home
- Care of the Elderly, ensuring that the elderly maintain or improve their mobility, strength and balance so that they can lead full and active lives
- Cardiac Care, Rehabilitation and fitness following heart surgery or a heart attack

With a Chartered Physiotherapist you're in safe hands.

The reimbursement rates for visits to Chartered Physiotherapists in private practice are:


Reimburse €13 per session under plans A - E with no limit as to number of sessions. Reimburse €20 per session under the Lifestage policy with a maximum of 25 visits per person per policy.

Quinn Healthcare

Under Essential and Essential Plus plans up to €20 per session is reimbursed. This €20 goes towards an excess that has to be reached at the end of each year before claiming at the end of that year. Under the Health Manager, Health Manager Start, Health Manager Goals, Family Care and Personal Care plans 50% of the session fee is reimbursed.


Reimburse €30 under Day to Day A plan with a maximum of 3 visits. Under the Day to Day 50 plan there is a reimbursement of 50% up to the total of €25 per visit, with a maximum of 8 visits. Please note this is subject to you paying a minimum level of eligible outpatient medical expenses. Other insurance plans such as the Garda Medical, Prisons Officers Medical Aid and ESB Medical Schemes offer attractive reimbursement rates. You should refer to your insurance plan for further details. In addition to the above, tax relief may be obtained on physiotherapy fees in excess of €100. This is done by completing a Med I form at the end of the tax year and submitting it to the Revenue Commissioners.

Save Money on Treatment Costs Our standard Osteopathic, Chartered Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy fees are €60/50, but you can now reduce the cost of your treatments considerably.

Fees at Kilross Clinic are covered by all health insurance companies.

Physical therapy is an holistic and patient - centred approach focusing on the manual treatment of the soft tissue - muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia. Therapists use highly skilled, hands-on techniques to diagnose, prevent or treat underlying conditions and problems. It is based on health science principles and works alongside other health care practices.

Physical therapy is founded on a tradition which recognises and values the healing properties of touch. It is proven as being very safe, non-invasive and is of course, drug free. Each treatment is individually tailored. The therapist, after carefully noting your history will consider psychological, social and environmental factors in devising a treatment plan and in suggesting appropriate changes to lifestyle, work practice or exercise.

Physical therapy is suitable and effective in both the treatment and prevention of a surprisingly wide range of conditions. Its safety and flexibility mean it is suitable for almost every patient - where it can make a contribution to alleviating pain and discomfort.

Most patients attend physical therapists based on a friend's recommendation, though many are referred directly from GP's or other health professionals.

Conditions treated include, but are not limited to the following:

- Sports injuries
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder problems
- Whiplash
- Stress related conditions
- Tension headaches
- Joint strains
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer's elbow
- Frozen shoulder
- Fallen arches
- Ankle sprain

Having both osteopathy and physiotherapy professions within the one practice, we are often asked what the difference is between the two and which treatment would be most suitable.

"What is the difference between Osteopathy and Physiotherapy"? and "Which one should I see"?

Though there are now many similarities between osteopathy & physiotherapy, the two professions originated from quite different roots, therefore the greatest difference today is found in the ideology and training.

"In today's private practice the two professions treat pretty much the same problems – equally successfully - albeit with a slightly different approach."

Osteopaths view the body as a unique, interconnected, self-healing system. Osteopathic treatment focuses on correcting disturbances with this system, whether caused (by among many things) muscle weakness/imbalance and/or tension, restricted joint movements, poor posture or working practices. Given that each body is viewed as being unique, treatment is tailored to the individual not the symptom(s). Our osteopath employs thrust techniques (such as manipulation - often referred to by patients as 'cracking' – which, incidentally, is only the release of a slight vacuum that has built up between two surfaces of a joint).

He may also use a heat lamp, and in many cases lifestyle/postural advices, exercises and/or stretches may be given. Physiotherapists concentrate on restoring optimum function and performance to the problem area. As physiotherapy has been an intrinsic part the HSE for many years, the availability of funding has driven research and enabled studies leading to the development of 'treatment protocols' for the treatment of specific problems.

The techniques employed by our physiotherapists vary from soft tissue techniques, such as massage, joint mobilization and passive joint movements (movements initiated and controlled by the physiotherapist), to more extensive rehabilitation exercise programs. Electrotherapy, dry needling and kinesiology taping also can be employed.

That really is down to your personal preference. The aim of treatment is the same, but the style of treatment can be different – however, this can also be true between individuals within the same profession. It is worth noting however, that both professions will vary approach and technique according to the individual and their physique.

But most importantly of all, if you have a problem...

• Do something about it now! It is more important that you see someone (physio or osteopath) rather than see no one at all!
• The benefit of having both professions within the one clinic is that if any of our practitioners think that you would be better treated by a different profession or practitioner, they will recommend this to you.

For more information about osteopathy & physiotherapy we recommend you visit the websites of the respective professions regulatory bodies. Click on the links below.

Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

General Osteopathic Council

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Kilross Clinic,
Bishopstown, Cork City.

kilross clinic bishopstown @
021 4342042
Business Hours

Monday 9:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Weekend and evening appointments available when needed

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