Help centre - your questions answered
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a recognised medical profession that can help you to elevate your health by restoring movement and function to the body if you are affected by injury, illness, disability or pain.
Is physiotherapy safe?
We uphold the highest standards of safety and take our responsibilities as a healthcare provider seriously, which is why we are a trusted partner to 14 NHS integrated care boards (ICBs) nationwide.
What qualifications do your physiotherapists have?
Ascenti physiotherapists are recognised medical professionals who have completed a degree. Every physiotherapist is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
How can I give feedback?
Please share your feedback with us using our compliments and complaints page.
Will my private medical insurance cover the cost of my treatment?
If physiotherapy is covered as part of your insurance plan, then yes. We are recognised by all the major private medical insurance providers, including: Bupa, Vitality, Axa and Aviva.
You can make a booking with us directly, but if you want to be sure about the money that you can claim back then you should speak to your insurance provider about your plan.
How do I pay for my appointment?
If you book online you will pay at the time of booking. If you book your appointment by another means your physiotherapist will take payment at the end of every session that you attend.
Payment is by card only – credit or debit. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept cash payments in our clinics.
If your treatment is covered by private medical insurance, you will still need to pay on the day and claim back the cost of your treatment afterwards. Please make a request and we will send you a copy of your receipt by email so that you are able to do this.
How much does treatment cost?
If you are a pay as you go customer or private patient, you will pay the following prices.
Central London clinics
London clinics inside the M25
All other clinics and regions
Please note that prices for our business customers vary due to additional services and benefits, such as reporting, administrative support and extended terms of payment. Please contact us for more information.
Treatment - what to expect
How long should I wait between appointments?
This will vary depending on your own personal condition and treatment plan. Your physiotherapist will be able to offer you advice about when you should book in for future appointments.
What will happen at my first appointment?
Your physiotherapist will ask you to tell them as much as you can about your issue. They will need to assess you and look at the area of your body causing your problems, so you should be prepared to remove some clothing in necessary.
Your physiotherapist will explain what your issue or injury is likely to be and the ways that we can help to treat the problem. There may be some time for treatment at the end of the session, but this will depend on your condition.
Your appointments are 30 minutes each, so your physio will only have time to give their full attention to one of two areas at each follow-up appointment. If you have more than one issue, make sure that you talk to them about your priorities.
In rare cases we may find that we are unable to treat people and that they need to be referred to a specialist. For example, if you have a broken bone or need surgery.
What will happen at my follow up appointments?
At the start of every appointment, your physiotherapist will ask if there have been any changes since your last visit.
Most of your appointment will be spent treating you - learn more about treatment with us.
How long do appointments last?
Your appointments will last 30 minutes.
How will I feel after the treatment session?
The type of treatment you receive will vary depending on your own personal circumstances, injury or condition. Learn more about treatment with us.
If your treatment includes manual therapy techniques your physiotherapist will provide you with advice about managing any post-therapeutic effects, which may include avoiding any strenuous activity and applying ice to the area.
You will also be given exercises and guidance to follow at home.
Preparing for your appointment
Can I request to be seen by a male or female physiotherapist?
Yes. If you would prefer to be seen by a therapist of the same sex, please tell us when you book your appointment or contact us to let us know.
What do I need to tell the physiotherapist?
You will get more from your treatment with us if you are able to think about your issue and what you want to get out of your physiotherapy session beforehand.
If you have had a problem for a long time, it can be easy to forget when things started and how the pain may have changed over time. Below are some questions that you are likely to be asked by your physiotherapist:
- What do you want to get out of the treatment session?
- Where are you experiencing any pain?
- When did the problem first start?
- Is there anything that could have triggered it?
- When is the problem at its best and at its worst?
What should I wear?
With your consent, you may be asked to remove or move clothing so that they can easily access and treat the area concerned. For this reason, it is better to wear loose and comfortable clothing that can be easily taken off or moved.
For example, if you are attending for a problem with your legs, you may wish to bring a pair of shorts. For assessment of your neck or arms, a strappy or sleeveless top may be useful.
If for religious or personal reasons you are not happy to undress, please inform your physiotherapist who will be able to adapt the treatment if necessary.
Do I need to bring any form of ID?
No. You do not need to bring any ID to your appointment.
Can I bring my children with me to my appointment?
Yes, you can bring children and minors to the appointment with you. They will have to join you in the treatment room.
Bookings & cancellations
How do I change/cancel my appointment
If you need to check, cancel or re-schedule an appointment please contact us.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you want to cancel your appointment, you must let us know 24 hours before your appointment is due to take place. Unfortunately, we may have to charge you if you fail to cancel in time.
How is my patient information being stored?
You will never have to worry that your personal data is being stored inappropriately, managed badly or shared with anyone that it shouldn’t be.
We take data security and patient privacy seriously. All of our employees receive regular training and we invest in high-tech (ISO accredited) IT systems, which means that we are able to maintain the highest standards of data security.
I've been booked in for an appointment, but how do I find the clinic?
Visit our clinic finder page for more information about how to find your clinic and what to do when you arrive.
You will also have received a letter, email or text message confirming your appointment details when you booked with us.
What parking is available at the clinic?
Visit our clinic finder for more information on travel and parking.
Should I come into clinic if I have Covid-19?
Please do not attend your appointment if you have Covid-19 related symptoms, have a high temperature or have tested positive for Covid-19.