Physiotherapy treatment is generally an effective and safe form of treatment however like any treatment there are benefits and risks. The purpose of this form is to let you know what your rights are and how we address the issue of collaborative decision making and informed consent between physiotherapist and patient.
Physiotherapists in this practice will discuss your condition and option for treatment with you so that you are appropriately informed and can make decisions relating to treatment. You may choose to consent to or refuse any form of treatment for any reason including religious or personal grounds.
Once you have given consent, you may withdraw that consent at any time.
Please read and sign the following:
Questions of a personal nature
Your physiotherapist may ask personal questions relating to your injury and how your injury impacts on you ‘activities of daily living’. The more information you provide, the more likely it is that the physiotherapist can provide an effective treatment. It is your choice as to what information you choose to provide. If you feel uncomfortable with a particular question or group of questions, please let the physiotherapist know and they will cease.
During the examination, assessment and treatment it may be necessary for your physiotherapist to make physical contact. Your physiotherapist will ask your permission before making physical contact with you in any way. Wherever possible, withdraw consent at any time at which point, all physical contact with cease immediately. Please inform your physiotherapist if you feel uncomfortable at any time.
Risks related to treatment
As with all forms of treatment, there are risks and benefits. The physiotherapists will discuss any foreseeable risks with you prior to administrating treatment. In some cases, the physiotherapist may ask you to read information relating to a particular treatment and they may request that you sign a third consent form. This is to ensure that you fully understand any risks involved.
Children and minors
Consent from a custodial parent is required to treat a minor.
Where a person is incapable of understanding the risks and benefits of treatment, consent may be provided by another person legally authorised to provide such consent. Evidence of legal authorisation is required in such circumstances.
You need to let us know
The risk related to some treatments can increase if the physiotherapist is not aware of certain facts. Please inform the physiotherapist if you have:
- A pacemaker or heart condition
- Suffered from blood clots, thrombosis or stroke
- Suffer from diabetes
- Are currently taking medication
Massage Therapy Informed Consent
I have chosen to consult with and hereby give consent for massage therapy.
I have provided a detailed medical history. I do not expect the therapist to have foreseen any previous or pre-existing condition that I have not mentioned.
I understand that massage may provide benefits for certain conditions but results are not guaranteed. These benefits may include relief of muscular tension, relaxation, reduction in the symptoms of stress-related conditions and provision of general wellbeing.
I also understand that massage therapy may produce side effects such as muscle soreness, mild bruising, increased awareness of areas of pain and light-headedness amongst other possible temporary outcomes.
I am aware that the therapist does not diagnose illnesses, prescribe medications nor physically manipulate the spine or its immediate articulations.
The therapist understands that I have the right to question procedures used and to receive an explanation of any procedures that the therapist performs.
I will tell the therapist about any discomfort I may experience during the therapy session and understand that the therapy will be adjusted accordingly.