Complementary therapy rise

Working longer in life may cause an increase in demand for complementary therapies, says research by health cash plan insurer HSA. This is what three out of every four people in a recent study undertaken by HSA into the perceptions of over 1,000 individuals on complementary therapies now and in the future, believe.

Suzanne Clarkson, for HSA says: “An increase in demand for complementary therapies could put a strain on the NHS to provide these services especially as 30% of visits to GPs are for musculoskeletal disorders. This will lead to individuals looking at ways to privately finance these types of treatment. Accessing complementary therapies, such as physiotherapy, homeopathy, chiropractic or acupuncture, through a health cash plan, provides an alternative route to receiving treatment to help relieve pain and injury through quick and affordable means.”

The survey also suggests;

  • Physiotherapy is the most used complementary therapy), with homeopathy the least
  • Physiotherapy is seen as the most effective complementary therapy and homeopathy the least.
  • 78% of people believe that one or more complementary therapies are effective
  • 40% of people have used physiotherapy
  • 37% of 55 – 64 year olds have had to take time off work due to back problems / joint injuries.

Between January 2005 and January 2006, HSA received 801,460 claims from members on physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture and homeopathy


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