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Physiotherapy Services

Physiotherapists treat patients with physical problems caused by accidents, illness and ageing, particularly those that affect muscles, bones, heart, circulation and lungs.

The aim of physiotherapy is to help restore movement and normal body function in cases of illness, injury and disability.

As well as treating specific problems, your physiotherapist may also suggest ways to improve your general wellbeing – for example, by taking regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight for your height and build. 

If you need physiotherapy a number of options are available to you.

Where will I receive treatment?

We provide treatment in the following departments:

Central Community Health Centre

Telephone:+44 1624 642158

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Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital Physiotherapy

Telephone:+44 1624 811864

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Southern Physiotherapy Unit

Telephone:+44 1624 834753

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Outpatients physiotherapy

In outpatient physiotherapy we treat a number of conditions across a number of locations.

Physiotherapists treat people of all ages, helping them manage pain and using a number of methods to aid recovery.

Physiotherapists are trained healthcare professionals who work in many areas, including:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurology (including stroke)
  • Long-term conditions
  • Breathing problems 
  • Women's health (including incontinence and after delivery)
  • Orthopaedics and Trauma
  • Paediatrics (children)
  • Care of the elderly
  • Education and health promotion
  • Breast care after surgery
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Hand Therapy


Self-referral is a direct route to physiotherapy. It allows patients to access physiotherapy treatment without seeing any other health care provider first. This is not for patients under 16 or for neurological, paediatric, respiratory or gynaecological problems.

The benefits of self-referral include:

  • saving time for both GPs and patients
  • reducing waiting times
  • improving attendance levels at appointments
  • empowering patients to self-manage long term conditions

You can self-refer online to be seen at the Community Health Centre in Douglas, Ramsey Cottage Hospital or Thie Rosien in Port Erin.

Orthopaedics outpatients

This service is based at Noble's Hospital, Ramsey Cottage Hospital and Thie Rosien in Port Erin. This service is for those patients that have been referred by a consultant on or off-island, or have had an operation or accident that the consultants have been involved in managing. This includes patients requiring to see the hand therapist. The consultants team refers patient into this service.

Breast Physiotherapy

This service is for patients who have received breast surgery on the Island and in the UK. Patients are referred to this service by their health care practitioner.

Chronic Pain Physiotherapy

This service is for patients referred by the pain consultant and his team. The pain physiotherapist works in conjunction with the other members of the outpatients team for the specialist management of all chronic pain conditions.

Women's Health Physiotherapy

The women's health urogynaecology physiotherapy service is for women with bladder or prolapse symptoms including perineal and bladder problems after childbirth. This service aims to provide a sensitive and supportive service for patients with these symptoms.

Patients require a referral from their G.P, Consultant or Nurse Specialist for bladder or prolapse symptoms.

Women's Health musculoskeletal physiotherapy sees women through pregnancy, childbirth and the early postnatal period with problems such as low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, wrist, hand or thumb conditions or problems with the abdominal muscles.

If you are experiencing musculoskeletal problems such as these you can 'self refer' to the outpatient physiotherapy service' and do not need a referral from a medical professional.

Home visits

If you can't come to us because you have mobility problems, we will visit you where you live. 

You are eligible for a home visit if you are housebound and unable to attend any of the self referral sites for physiotherapy (even with patient transport), or home assessment and treatment is particularly required e.g. specific walking aids for indoors/outdoors, safety in the home or access issues to the home.

You (or your GP, healthcare professional, carer or relative) can submit your details online and we will review your condition and contact you.

Neurological conditions

If you can't come to us because you have long-term neurological problems, we will visit you where you live.

You can only be referred to this service by a GP, a neurologist, specialist nurse or other healthcare professional who knows you.

Examples of neurological conditions are:

  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Stroke
  • Myotonic Dystrophy
  • Muliple Sclerosis
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