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Choosing a Therapist
Complementary and Alternative Medicine is one of the biggest growing industries and there are a multitude of therapies now available, which can be quite confusing to the consumer. Applying some common sense guidelines can help make your decision easier:
- Beware any of any therapist making exaggerated claims. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Physiotherapy are recognised by Act of Parliament in the UK and controlled by strong regulatory bodies. Consequently Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists cannot make exaggerated claims for their treatments that some complementary therapists do.
- Decide what you want from your therapy, e.g. relaxation or pain relief may influence your choice.
- Personal recommendation is often a good indicator.
- Try to find out about the philosophies of the therapies that you are thinking about trying. There is a wide spectrum of therapies, some of which may be more suited to your own outlook.
- Beware of any therapist wanting to book you in for a series of treatments without first seeing how you respond to therapy.
- Cost is a factor, but you often get what you pay for.
- After treatment, consider if it has met your expectations, but do not necessarily expect a "quick-fix".
- Most therapies require some form of client involvement, such as physical or developmental exercises. In whatever form of healthcare you choose, take responsibility for your own health.
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