Complementary or Alternative therapies can play an important supporting role in improving your health and well being. We prefer the term complementary to Alternative as the latter implies a substitute for medical advice or treatment which they should never be, of course, without approval from a doctor.
That said our doctors are incredibly constrained both in terms of time and what they can prescribe, and as such may be limited to treating symptoms with medication. A complementary therapy, on the other hand, may get to the root cause of the issue and provide a longer-term improvement. An example being prescribed painkillers for persistent tension headaches where a massage and self-care, such as daily stretching, could give longer lasting relief.
One thing that sometimes sets mainstream and complementary therapies apart is the degree to which the use of a therapy can be supported by clinical trials and an evidence base.
This is further exasperated by the fact that Complementary Therapies and practitioners tend to be self-regulating on a voluntary basis (Osteopath’s and Chiropractors being two notable exceptions)– meaning standards of training and ability can be very variable.
With some complementary therapies, like aromatherapy, the evidence supporting it’s use will depends on what conditions are being treated and the essential oils being used. Some scenarios are now accepted as fairly mainstream, like the use of Peppermint to settle digestive issues, Eucalyptus to clear blocked sinuses or lavender to aid sleep.
Here at Natural Balance all our therapists are qualified professionals that continue to undertake further training to ensure their skills remain up to date.
Our team offers a broad range of Complementary Therapies including:
Osteopathy – Regulated by The General Osteopathic Council (GOC) who work to promote patient safety by setting, maintaining and developing standards of osteopathic practice and conduct.
Acupuncture and Shiatsu, which are both part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) based on more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice
Ayurvedic Massage – Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
Reflexology – balancing the body by working on pressure points on the feet.
Aromatherapy Massage – using the various therapeutic effects of essential oils.
Sports and Deep Tissue Massage – which are anatomical based treatments working on the muscles and soft tissue.
Myofascial Release – working on the connective tissue.
Whilst complementary therapies may play an important supporting role in improving your health and well being, they are not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. If in doubt please consult with your doctor.