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Auckland Physiotherapy Holding Free Seminar on Arthritis Management through Physiotherapy

Thursday 31 October 2019, 10:17PM
By Beckie Wright
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Auckland Physiotherapy are currently running a few free seminars – the first was on October 19th and the next will be on November 16th of 2019. The seminars focus on Arthritis care and management employing Physiotherapy. Physiotherapy help patients continue an active and independent life through movement and restoring the body’s normal functions whether affected by an injury, disability or illness.

Research suggests that Physiotherapy is an effective component of Arthritis Management and can help address the patient’s condition and treat their joint and muscle problems. According to Philip Kearney, CEO of Arthritis New Zealand, joint replacement surgery, which has been increasing demand, is simply not the answer to Arthritis care. Surgery can be avoided through well-supported intervention such as physiotherapy.

Through the seminar, Auckland Physiotherapy aims to reach and educate more people about this common disease and provide them with more optimal solutions that can help them deal with the effects of having Arthritis.

In connection with the free seminar, Auckland Physiotherapy aims to introduce individuals to their specialised eight-week programme. Through the programme, Auckland Physiotherapy equips individuals with the knowledge and tools they need to manage any pain from Arthritis.

Sandra Kirby, the CEO of Physiotherapy New Zealand believes that individuals with Arthritis should be given access to funded non-surgical interventions and individual plans as treatment for osteoarthritis in New Zealand. She states “It is not just enough to tell people to lose weight and exercise more - we need to develop tailored programmes for people in the early stages of osteoarthritis to prevent them needing joint replacement in the future.”

Auckland Physiotherapy’s eight-week program starts with an initial consultation alongside a highly trained physiotherapist. A musculoskeletal examination will be done to get a clear picture of one’s specific situation in order to come up with the best ways on how to manage and reduce their pain. The Physiotherapist will also do a full-body assessment as well as use manual therapy and strengthening exercises as a form of conservative treatment for one’s arthritis. The combination of hands on treatment and specific exercises have been scientifically proven to be the best way to conservatively manage and treat arthritis and the pain associated with it.

To learn more, visit the Auckland Physiotherapy website at https://www.aucklandphysiotherapy.co.nz/services/seminars/