A Complementary Therapy is one that can be used in addition to, or instead of, conventional Western medicine. BUPA explain that Complementary therapies are methods of trying to treat illnesses, and these methods fall outside of conventional medicine. Some complementary therapies, such as acupuncture and reflexology, are based on older or traditional forms of medicine. Others, such as osteopathy and chiropractic, are more recent developments. Things like herbal medicine can be seen as a very rough precursor to modern medicine; there are many medicines that have been discovered through understanding the effects of natural substances. Herbal medicines can be seen as ‘unrefined’ medications, with varying doses and sometimes with other ingredients in them.
The word ‘complementary’ refers to the fact that they may be used in addition to the conventional medicine approaches advised by medical professionals. Here are 7 reasons why you should at least try one of them for chronic pain.
- It’s natural – Complimentary Therapies work naturally with the body to help restore balance.
- It an improve sleep, most Complimentary Therapies are great for relaxation and then sleep.
- You can chat with your therapist about your condition and sometimes just talking to someone can lift your mood.
- It’s more personal with some hands-on therapies.
- You can learn about many Complimentary Therapies and treat yourself. (I will cover this in another post).
- There are so many now available you are bound to find one that could help you but always book through a professional therapist.
- They can help you cope with your condition.
- Some are now available on the NHS like Acupuncture, Reflexology, Homeopath, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Herbal Medicines, Counsellors, CBT and Tai Chi.