Preventative Medicine


Complementary therapies, by definition, are therapies which complement conventional medicine (UK Parliament Science and Technology sixth report, 2000). One of the benefits of these treatments is relaxation and this is often underestimated as a tool for restoring and repairing the body, aiding digestion and promoting a restful night’s sleep. Another benefit is to increase circulation which stimulates the transportation of nutrients to the cells, which in turn encourages leucocytes to move to the site of infection thus promoting the immune system (Crane, 1997). Treatments can also lift mood and ease emotional stress.


During a treatment the qualified health practitioner takes the client through a health, diet and lifestyle consultation. This gives the practitioner a chance to form a treatment plan suited to the individual and also gives the client an opportunity to receive information and suggestions on how to improve upon their diet, lifestyle and wellbeing. All of this helps to raise awareness of how to lead a healthy lifestyle. For example, some suggestions may be focused on diet, postural awareness or relaxation techniques, all of which can help the client to manage their own condition and symptoms. Ultimately these therapies may help to strengthen immunity and may act as a preventative for possible future illness. 'In an ideal world, we would detect and clear our imbalances before they were able to manifest into physical illness' (Cooper, 2000). Therefore, perhaps a better way to market complementary therapies is not as a luxury but as preventative medicine. Wouldn’t it be better if practitioners treated people to help improve their health for the long run and to help prevent the likelihood of them from becoming ill? Regular MOT sessions give our bodies a chance to re-charge and allow us to function at our optimum. Therefore, rather than being seen as a mere pampering session, complementary therapies conducted by qualified practitioners could be viewed as investments in making progress towards and maintaining good-health and well-being.

Emily Dike

Caring For You Treatments


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