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An Acupuncturist is a professional specialising in the technique of inserting and manipulating needles into ´acupuncture points´ on the body. According to teachings this will restore health and well-being, and is a good way to relieve pain.

An Audiologist is a professional specialising in testing, monitoring, diagnosing and treating disorders of the ear. Audiologists are trained to diagnose and treat hearing or balance problems for individuals from birth through to adulthood.

A Chiropractor is trained in a health profession that diagnosis, treats and prevents mechanical disorders of the spine, muscles and skeleton, including joints and tendons and the effects they have on the nervous system and general health of the patient.

A Dietician is an expert in food and nutrition. They help promote good health through proper eating and positive changes in food choice.

A Homeopath is a professional trained to treat patients based on the administration of minute doses of a drug that in high quantities produces symptoms similar to those of the disease itself in healthy individuals.

A NHS Consultant Podiatric Surgeon is a fellow of the Surgical Faculty of the College of Podiatrists whose qualification is registered under the HCPC and who is employed as a consultant by the NHS.

An Occupational Therapist assesses and treats physical and psychiatric conditions using specific, purposeful activity to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life.

An Osteopath is a professional who diagnosis and treats conditions caused by problems with the nerves, joint and muscles such as: Back and neck problems, sports or work injuries, arthritis, and bad posture.

A Physiotherapist helps to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by the process of ageing, injury or disease.

A Podiatrist is a professional devoted to the study and treatment of disease and disorders of the feet, ankles, and sometimes knees, legs and hips.

A Psychologist is a professional who specialises in the way the mind works and motivation, in various areas such as; mental health work and educational and occupational psychology.

A Psychotherapist a professional trained to treat mental disorders, emotional problems and behavioural disturbances using verbal and non-verbal communication, to alter maladaptive patterns of coping, relieve emotional disturbance, and encourage personality growth.

A Specialist is a medical practitioner holding a licence to practice whose name appears on the current GMC Specialist Register and is certified as a specialist by the appropriate college or specialty body providing a regulatory function.

A Speech Therapist (also known as a Speech & Language Therapist) is a professional trained in the assessing and treating people with difficulties in communication and/or swallowing. Communication includes speech, language and non-verbal communication such as facial expression and gesture.

Please note: This list outlines definitions for a number of medical professions. It is intended as a guide and does not guarantee you are covered for treatment with all of the providers listed, please check your policy documents or contact WPA before visiting any of the above.

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