What exactly is “Complementary Therapy”? Complementary therapies are not very well understood by the general public, and there’s a good reason for this… Complementary therapies are also known by several other terms such as alternative medicine, holistic therapy or traditional medicine. Whilst I’m okay with the terms holistic therapy and traditional medicine, the term alternative medicine suggests that the therapies given are to be an alternative to conventional western medicine.
Complementary therapists (like me) are not trained to diagnose or neither should they claim to cure a disease or medical condition. Complementary therapies are to be used to complement and work alongside conventional medicine and GP’s advice.
Unlike conventional medicine, Complementary Therapists use a holistic approach when treating patients. Rather than looking at the symptoms of a disease in isolation, the therapist is trained to look at the person as a whole and takes an in-depth, confidential consultation to gain a bigger picture and understanding of how they live their life and look after themselves. This gives complementary therapists an idea of how to provide the best possible treatment to support a client’s individual needs.