Paying Private Physio

Is Paying for private Physio worth it?

Private Physiotherapy is not cheap. But before you click off and think “Well it isn’t for me then” hold right on!

It might not be cheap – however there can be help to pay for these private sessions…I’ll explain a bit more further down.

We started private Physiotherapy when G was about a year, we had been waiting for an NHS referral for over 6 months. Frustrations and fear for her safety MADE it necessary to pay for private.

Private

Pros Cons
One physiotherapist will have dedicated time for your child, will get to know he/she.  Will see how their body moves and will be able to notice changes to posture, balance, strength etc Pay for Assessment (£150-£250+)
£Sessions £70+ Per Hour
You have more time to ask questions and get a better understanding on what will help your child outside the sessions Any meetings where your childs physicality is discussed and you want the physio to attend will mean more money + travel!
Any reports / work plans for home – HAVE TO ALSO BE PAID FOR
Can be great for introducing Occupational therapy elements into the sessions
Found the Private Physio was always first to notice if/when orthotics was needed.

 

NHS

Pros Cons
Mixed Sessions with other children – can be a motivator for some children. Mixed Sessions with other children – Can be a distraction
Free Do not always get the same Physio, so a lot harder for the child to form a relationship/trust with that physio.  Also a challenge for the physio to see small but important changes as might not see them regularly.
Can provide printed exercises for home use – Free! 1hour session is shared amongst group of children.  Not enough, focused time per child.  Not always equal the amount of time had by all.
Can be a bit over enthusiastic when your child makes progress and quick to want to stop/ reduce physio input
You have to fight/ for extra sessions

 

Help with costs:

At the time of starting to pay for physiotherapy, I would not consider applying for DLA because as far as I was concerned my child was not disabled and she just needed a little extra help.  Well she still just needs a little extra help! But now I cannot work as I have to look after her and so the DLA is essential so that it can go towards all of her therapies – it doesn’t cover them all, but it is a help.

Disability Living allowance
https://www.gov.uk/disability-living-allowance-children/overview

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who:  is under 16 has difficulties walking or needs more looking after than a child of the same age who doesn’t have a disability.

They will need to meet all the eligibility requirements.

If your child does not qualify:

Along the way I have come across some great cheaper alternatives to traditional physiotherapy:

Gymbabes

Soft Play

Swimming

The park

Create a fun at home routine – for ideas click here

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