Physiotherapy services delivered through the public health service are generally provided in hospitals, either on an in-patient or out-patient basis. Physiotherapists are specialised members of the healthcare profession who use mainly physical means such as exercise, manipulation, massage and electrical methods of therapy. This therapy is used to treat pain, injury and disability as a result of conditions and illnesses that affect people of all ages and backgrounds.
In general, if you wish to access physiotherapy services as a public patient, you need a referral from your family doctor (GP), public health nurse or hospital. You can also refer yourself to a community physiotherapist.
Contact your Local
Health Office or health centre
for further information on the availability of physiotherapy services in your
Staff in your local tax office can answer queries in connection with tax relief and physiotherapy services.
The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists is the professional body representing chartered physiotherapists. You can find out more information on physiotherapy, including contact information for chartered physiotherapists nationwide through their web site or by contacting the Society:
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.