Our Self-Management Approach

We believe that although over 10 million people in the UK have arthritis, everyone is unique in the way they manage their symptoms. That is why we tailor our self-management approach to your needs and make it individual to you.

A tailored eating regime

We offer our Members the opportunity to follow a healthy, balanced eating regime that we monitor on a regular basis using a food diary. Our Dietitian looks at each food diary, and taking your medical history into account, will give individual feedback on improving your diet.

 

An example of the food diary to complete on-line

The food diary takes the form of a tick list of food items that you consume over a period of 7 days. It can be completed on-line or as hard copy and sent by post. Our Dietitian uses the information to compile a report and give individual advice about your diet. If you have any questions you can phone him.

 

diary

Personal support

The team at head office are always here to offer help and support, and as a Member you have access to our healthcare professionals for information tailored to your needs.

Individual physical therapy

For those with arthritis keeping mobile is important. Again we feel that everyone is individual and so, as another optional benefit of being a Member, we offer physical therapy with one of our Associated Practitioners, who are all qualified manual therapists. The therapies provided by the Charity ensure your individual needs are identified. These consultations are heavily subsidised or free.
You can visit our London Clinic, or a practitioner local to you. Use the Find a practitioner interactive map to locate a practitioner or contact us at head office for other options.

 

Your personal area on our website

As part of your personal plan we invite you to join the Charity and visit the Members’ area of our website. Here you can join the conversation on our Forum and find out what other Members are feeling, or you can offer your own opinions. There are recipes to read or you can gain an insight into exercises suitable for those with arthritis.
You are also able to renew your membership online, or complete the food diary, receive reports or ask the team at head office a question. It is your area to make as much use of as you want.

 

 Security of information

As well as completing a data protection form we will ask you to fill in a short health information questionnaire, which may be used if we give you individual feedback or if you visit an Associated Practitioner.
Your personal Member’s area is password protected and is a secure environment where you can renew your membership and complete your food diary. Be assured we never pass on your personal information to third parties without your express permission.