About alternative therapies

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Chiropody and Podiatry

There is no difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist, they both diagnose and treat abnormalities and diseases of the lower limb. They assess and treat foot problems such as verrucas or deformity. They can advise and treat patients at high risk of foot problems and amputation such as those who suffer from diabetes. They also give professional advice on footcare and the prevention of foot problems.


Physiotherapy uses physical methods such as massage and manipulation to help restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or by developmental or other disability. Physiotherapists use their hands to relieve muscle pain and stiffness and encourage blood flow to an injured part of the body to help recovery. Physiotherapy can help with conditions such as back and neck pain, sports injuries, arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis, stroke and cerebral palsy.


Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body. Traditional acupuncturists believe that illness and pain occur when the body's qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. By inserting the needles into specific acupuncture points, they aim to restore the body's natural healing. Acupuncture is often used to treat pain conditions such as headaches, lower back pain and dental pain.


Homeopathy is a complementary therapy that is based on the principle of 'like with like', and that a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms. Homeopathy involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances to trigger the body's natural system of healing. Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient.

Please note, Simplyhealth will only pay for treatment with a healthcare practitioner that is registered with the appropriate professional organisation.

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