I get asked a lot of questions about physiotherapy. Here I've tried to answer some of the most common questions. But please remember, there is no such thing as a silly question! If you have any questions or concerns that I haven't answered here, please just ask. Someone else has almost certainly asked the same question before.

Frequently asked questions

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them to remain independent for as long as possible.

What do physiotherapists do?

Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle. At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment. You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time in your life. Physiotherapy helps with back pain or sudden injury, managing long-term medical condition such as asthma, and in preparing for childbirth or a sporting event. Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Are online sessions effective? I thought physiotherapy was hands-on.

An online consultation is a valuable way of seeking help while unable to attend for face to face consultations whether that is due to the Covid-19 situation or other reasons. A video consultation allows me to see you and vice versa to aid the assessment; your movements can be seen and assessed and I can demonstrate movements or exercises. An online consultation will take up less of your time as no traveling is required. A lot of what is involved in my approach to physiotherapy treatment is the education, advice and exercises that I teach. This can easily be done via an online consultation.

How do I book an appointment?

Please contact me via the “Contact” tab, the contact form at the bottom of the page or the "Contact me to book an appointment" button. Alternatively you can phone or text 07866 309511; email carolinekinghornphysiotherapy@gmail.com or message me via my facebook page Caroline Kinghorn Physiotherapy.

Where are you based?

The treatment room in Montrose Sports Centre is in the reception area. The room is on the right of reception and the changing room door. If the door is open, it means I am available and you are welcome to enter the room.

How long does treatment last?

Initial assessment and treatment will be between 45-60 minutes long depending on what your problem is. Follow up treatment will last up to 45 minutes.

What do I need to wear?

Please come in comfortable clothing that you can easily move in. If your issue is in the leg, shorts are best worn. If the issue is in the shoulder/neck region, you may be asked to remove your top; a vest top may be kept on if the shoulder blades can be seen. You do not have to remove clothing if you are uncomfortable about this, I should be able to work around this.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

If you are on medication, please bring a list of medication. If you are coming with a running injury, please bring the trainers you would normally run in, they are useful for me to see as part of the assessment but also to assess running on a treadmill if this is indicated.

How do I pay?

I accept cash, cheques (made payable to Caroline Kinghorn), credit card payments or bank transfer.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine stainless steel needles into the skin. It has been used in China for over 2,000 years and increasingly in Western medicine since the 1970s. Acupuncture may be used to treat a wide range of common health problems and to reduce pain. Acupuncture is one of the many skills used within physiotherapy as an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation and as a means of stimulating the body’s own healing chemicals in order to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation. I trained in Western acupuncture and am a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. Please see their website for further information on acupuncture: www.aacp.org.uk