What is it?
Physical therapy is defined as the treatment of disease, injury or deformity by physical methods which are applied externally to the body including massage, manipulation and articulation, acupuncture, hot/cold packs or exercises. You can also read our information sheet on Physical Therapy here (opens pdf).
The benefits of physical therapy
Gentle massage, stretching, articulation, body alignment and balancing techniques are all beneficial and effective for those with arthritis, keeping you more flexible and mobile with improved posture and a lessening of painful symptoms.
We offer our Members access to physical therapy treatments via our network of Associated Practitioners (APs). We have chosen to affiliate certain types of healthcare professionals as APs as we feel that it is important that they are trained and qualified to evaluate and diagnose patients as part of the consultation process.
We also include acupuncture, both traditional and western, as a physical therapy which can be accessed in the same way as other Associated Practitioners.
In order to receive access to your subsidised physical therapy treatments, you must first join as a Member here.