Complementary Therapies

We offer a vast spectrum of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): Reflexology, Reiki, Crystal Healing, Hot Stone Massage, Holistic Massage, Chinese Facial Massage, and Meditation & Relaxation.1,2,25 They are not miracle cures, but help to naturally prevent pain and reduce illness by promoting physical and psychological health and well-being.3,4

Complementary treatments are simple and safe, generally non-invasive and non-toxic, and are suitable for patients of all ages, whether frail, delicate or physically athletic. Easily accessible to fit into patients’ lifestyles, they promote confidence, self-value and empower patients to take an active role in their own health, amplifying and accelerating the self-healing processes.6,7,26

Our treatments present alternative solutions to problems and encourage adherence to healthy lifestyles. They stimulate motivation to regularly maintain fitness, through a balanced diet and exercise programmes to help resolve deconditioning and promote optimum fitness, with balanced rest and relaxation that brings equilibrium and holistic health.9 Returning to wholeness, as ‘Complementary’ means ‘to complete’.5,7,8  

World Health Organisation definition of Health (1948)(10)

‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’

(http://www.who.int)

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and British Medical Association recognise the need to support patient choice. 2, 11-13 As health care professionals, we advocate best clinical practice and so we scrutinise and evaluate research and anecdotal evidence of CAM for public health and safety.14,15 Our treatment services are all regulated by governing bodies and practices, fully insured and performed to the highest standards.16,17,18 We are, therefore, able to offer a complete holistic health service.19,22-26

WHO and its Member States co-operate to promote the use of traditional medicine for health care.

The collaboration aims to:

support and integrate traditional medicine into national health systems in combination with national policy and regulation for products, practices and providers to ensure safety and quality.’

(www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs134/en)23

 

 

 

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2      British Medical Association (2009) Complementary and alternative medicine: What your patients may be using : www.evidence.nhs.uk (accesses 121103)
3      Charman RA (2000) Complementary Therapies for Physical Therapists (Eds). Butterworth Heinemann: Somerset.
4      Cochrane Complementary and Alternative Medicine Field (2011) Home Page: http://www.compmed.umm.edu/cochrane_about.asp (accesses 121103)
5      National Health Service (NHS) Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners (2006) Information for NHS Medical Practitioners: http://www.nhsdirectory.org/default.aspx?page=medical(accesses 121103)
6      Sim J (2004) Fundamentals of Moral Decision-Making. In: French S and Sim J (Ed) Physiotherapy: A Psychosocial Approach (3rd Edition). Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann Publishers.
7      Deutsch JE (2008) CAM Use in Illness and Wellness. In: Deutsch JE and Anderson EZ (Eds). Complementary Therapies for Physical Therapy: A Clinical Decision-Making Approach.  United States: Elsevier.
8      Kolt GS and Brewer BW (2007) Psychology in Injury and Rehabilitation. In: Kolt GS and Synder-Mackler L (Eds) Physical Therapies in Sport and Exercise (2nd Edition). China: Churchill Livingstone.
9      Unruh AM and Harman K (2007) Alternative and Complementary Therapies In: Strong J, Unruh A, Wright A, and Baxter GD (Ed). Pain a Textbook for Therapists. China: Churchill Livingstone.
10     World Health Organisation (2012) Definition of Health (1948) :http://www.who.int(accesses 121103)
11     Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (2008) Scope of Practice
http://www.csp.org.uk/publications/scope-practice-physiotherapy(accesses 121103)
12     Antigoni F and Dimitrios T (2009) Nurses Attitudes towards Complementary Therapies. Health Science Journal, Jul-Sep, 3 (3): 149-157: http://www.hsj.gr/volume3/issue3/334.pdf(accesses 121103)
13     National Health Service (NHS) Evidence (2010) What is Complementary and Alternative Medicine:
http://www.library.nhs.uk/cam/page.aspx?pagename=CAM(accesses 121103)
14     Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit (2010) Complementary Medicine Research Projects: http://www.cam-research-group.co.uk/cam_research_medstudents.php(accesses 121103)
15     Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (2011) Home Page: http://www.cnhc.org.uk/pages/index.cfm (accesses 121103)
16     Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (2011) Code of Professional Values and Behaviour
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17     Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (2011) Measuring Quality Improvement:
http://www.csp.org.uk/topics/measuring-quality-improvement-physiotherapy(accesses 121103)
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20    Jones MA, Jenson G and Edwards I (2008) Clinical Reasoning in Physiotherapy. In: Higgs J, Jones MA, Loftus S and Christensen N (2008) Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions (3rd Edition). China: Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann.
21     National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2006) What is CAM? – CAM Practices:
http://nihseniorhealth.gov/cam/campractices/01.html(accesses 121103)
22    Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (2011) Quality Assurance Standards. http://www.csp.org.uk/professional-union/professionalism/csp-expectations-members/quality-assurance-standards(accesses 121103)
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25    House of Lords. Complementary and alternative medicine. House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology; 2000;HL Paper 123
26    Lorenc A, Peace B, Vaghela C, and Robinson N (2010) The integration of healing into conventional cancer care in the UK. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice; 16:222–228.