A Complementary Therapy Approach To Wellbeing

Complementary therapy for wellbeingA Complementary Therapy Approach to Wellbeing

A well accepted route to success in business and sport is to study successful people and what they do and then apply that approach to your own aspiration. The same principle can be successfully applied to health, but it is a concept that seems to have largely bypassed orthodox medicine. Doctors are encouraged to study disease & consequently become very good at finding it.

In this model the professional is looking for the one cause of the named illness so that they can apply a common cure for everyone identified with the same condition. Unfortunately there are huge profits to be made by many people, organizations and corporations from supporting this paradigm. On the other hand Complementary Therapists for the most part, in the interest of holism, study wellness and then look at what needs to be done to bring wellness (health) to someone who is ill or diseased. In a situation like this there may be some common aspects of therapy that can be applied to each patient/client, but by definition there is a need to individualize a programme of recovery.

Looking at disease or illness with a complementary therapy approach

Always the limiting factor for any therapy is the limit of the therapists’ knowledge, which inevitably leads to some shortfalls. For example counselling has many benefits in many situations, but talking therapies that ignore the role of food in mood control are not necessarily going to be fully effective. The same is true the other way round, a nutrition therapist unable to see emotional pain in their patient/client is also going to provide a shortfall in potential recovery.

It is for this reason there need to be a paradigm shift in health care and it involves the person with the problem taking a more active role in their recovery. The NHS has brought many benefits but the way it has developed actually discourages people from taking responsibility for their own health.

No one therapist, orthodox or complementary is ever going to have all the answers a patient/client needs. Therefore that person needs to be in control of investigating their own best route to restoring their health. In other words they need to recognize the value in role modeling. In its simplest form it is a matter of finding some one who has had a similar problem and investigate how they overcame it and apply the same approach to themselves. The approach is more likely to involve a lot of reading of books and/or consulting the Internet. It could also mean interviewing therapists to ensure empathy and understanding and so on until you have gathered sufficient information so that you can decide upon your treatment priorities.

Orthodox treatment may well be the first answer to buy the time needed to introduce life style changes. Equally you may find that for many degenerative and chronic (long term) conditions Complementary Therapies have better answers, usually with fewer side effects to worry about.

As a guideline it is worth applying the three-month rule to any therapy of your choosing. With Applied Nutrition Therapy you should have clear and discernable improvements within this time frame. If with this or any other therapy you are not getting the results you deserve it is time to move on by either changing your therapist or adding another modality. Knowledge and action of this nature brings power to the patient.

Successful modeling to achieve well being with complementary therapy

Successful modeling is about replacing, “the why me?” and “the poor me” approach to life with the more helpful, “here is the problem, what is the solution?” approach to life. The only down side to this paradigm shift in health care is that you as an individual have to make some changes, and for some people the changes can be profound but in all cases the benefits are there just waiting to be found

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Brian Hampton, The Caring Clinic, Sheffield

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