What is Alternative Therapies?

The human body is more complex than the evidence based science has proven. This also tells the story of the effectiveness of the primary health care system – which works well for acute cases, but for chronic cases like back pain, stress and headache, something else, something more is needed. That’s where alternative therapies come in.

Alternative therapies are techniques that help in the healing process. These are not approved by scientific evidence, but they have an ancient history, which shows that these therapies are in use by humans for long. In the modern world, alternative therapies are finding their way into the mainstream, because these therapies can be used with and without primary care medicines. More and more people are knowing about them and are getting health benefits.

Below, we will talk about the most popular alternative therapies.

Massage Therapy

It depends on which country you are. This alternative therapy practice like remedial massage which can also be called therapeutic massage is now also accepted in mainstream medical practice. It is the manipulation of the body muscles and tissues for various medical purposes by a massage therapist. The therapist rubs the body muscles of the patient to help the body area soften from stiff muscles which reduces stress. When the body muscle and ligament knots are open and the stress level is lowered, the patient feels comfort and relaxation. This helps the patient overcome health condition in a more holistic manner.

remedial massage
back massage

Typically, for a remedial, the receiver lie on the massage table with his/her body covered by a massage cloth or large massage towel. The therapists use oil for rubbing and stroking the body in a particular manner to reduce pain and increase the body’s blood flow and immunity.

* Techniques
There are different kinds of remedial techniques which includes, Swedish massage, sports massage, deep tissue massage, shiatsu massage and Thai massage, among many.

* Benefits
Remedial treatments are also well-received for treating various health conditions like back pain, neck pain, Whiplash, muscular cramps, Fibrositis, frozen shoulder, stress, muscular spasm and Arthritis.

In australia, there are many good massage therapist. One is located in western sydney. If you happen to be visiting that part of the world, it will definitely be a good experience.

Chiropractic
It is a therapy focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of the musculoskeletal disorders. The primary focus is given to the spine in chiropractic, because it is considered as the body part whose performance affects the nervous system and the general health.

* How It Is Done?
The word chiropractic is derived from Greek, which means “by hand” or “done by hand”. In chiropractic, the therapist (chiropractor) manipulates the back and neck area of the receiver, mainly for relieving pain and stress.

* Uses
As it is all about spine manipulation, most of the people that come for chiropractic are looking for back pain and neck pain relief.
Apart from its uses, chiropractic is not recommended for people with bone problems like joint infections, bone cancer and osteoporosis.

Acupuncture
In it, certain body points known as acupressure points are stimulated by inserting fine needles. The history of acupuncture goes back to more than 2000 years, when people of ancient China used this therapy for different health issues. Now, it is primarily used for pain relief.

*Uses
The use of acupuncture in Americans is oriented to chronic pain like back pain, and muscle pain. It is also used for treating osteoarthritis, headache and depression.

It is generally used with primary health care drugs to increase the effectiveness of the medication, however, it is also used individually.

List of Alternative Therapy that are proven to work:

Osteopathy: Everything you need to know
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/70381.php

What is Myotherapy | Myotherapy Association Australia
https://www.myotherapy.org.au/find-a-myotherapist/what-is-myotherapy/

Physical Therapy: What It Is, How It Works, & How It Can Help You
https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/what-is-physical-therapy#1