What is Complementary Therapy?

Complementary therapies are holistic, natural therapies which are very effective used alongside orthodox medical treatments or by themselves. In general, they acknowledge that a relationship is developed between the therapist and client, which is enhanced by the use of specific procedures, in order to promote health and well being.

Why Choose a Complementary Therapy?

People often decide to try a complementary therapy to enhance their overall well being and for specific problems.

How do you choose a Complementary Therapist?

After you have found out about Complementary therapies, it is important to choose your therapist carefully. You should ask yourself and the therapist:

  • What are their qualifications and how long was their training?
  • Are they a member of a recognised, registered body, with codes of practice?
  • Can they give you the address and telephone number of this to check?
  • Is the therapy available on the NHS?
  • Can the GP delegate your care to the therapist?
  • Is this the most appropriate complementary therapy for your problem?
  • Will the therapist send a letter to your GP advising him/her of any treatment received?
  • Can you claim for the therapy through your private health insurance scheme, if you have one?
  • Are your records confidential?
  • What is the cost of the treatment?
  • How many treatments should you expect to need (and therefore approximate costs)?
  • What insurance cover does the therapist have?

Once you have have contacted a Therapist

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did the therapist answer your questions clearly and to your satisfaction?
  • Did the therapist conduct him/herself in a professional manner?
  • Did the therapist give you any information to look through, at your leisure?
  • Is the therapist making excessive claims about their treatment?

It is important that you feel you have established a good rapport with your complementary therapist. The therapist acts as a facilitator who should encourage you to take responsibility for your own health and well being.

Remember, no complementary therapy is perfect. Most therapists assist the healing process – but claims to cure illnesses by a therapist should be viewed with extreme caution.

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