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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