What does “complementary therapy” really mean? And does it work?

What does “complementary therapy” really mean? And does it work?


Greetings. My name is Victoria and I’ve starting blogging. Do share my blogs if you like them – thank you! I’m often asked for advice on how to deal with the various aches, pains and ailments that plague us on a regular basis, so look out for articles to help you feel better, or to point you in the right direction for support.


As a fully qualified specialist in clinical massage, medical acupuncture and sports massage, it’s my goal to find the cause of any pain or discomfort you may have. Discovering the root of the problem enables me to work towards eliminating it. Our bodies are quite complicated and simply treating the symptoms doesn’t work long term.


My job: I make YOU feel better. I can help you recover from injury, ideally enabling your body to adapt to a more beneficial way of moving that works towards saying goodbye to that “out of kilter” feeling you may have.


So, what is complementary therapy and how does it work?


Well, confusingly (annoying really), there is no strictly agreed definition but in a nutshell, and perhaps crudely put, my therapies are aimed at enhancing or literally complementing what conventional treatments may offer you. I differ from “the norm” as I treat you as a whole person. My approach is thorough and implemented with care: it’s not for nothing that our first meeting involves an in depth consultation, so do bear with me on this one.


All Good Things

Complementary therapies can be used to boost physical or emotional health, or to relieve the side effects of conventional medicine. Did you know that anecdotal evidence suggests that acupuncture, for example, can reduce the nausea associated with chemotherapy? Or that a relaxed mind and body produces less of the harmful stress hormone cortisol – you know, the one that does all the damage: it makes us fat (or fat in the wrong places) and generally out of sorts.


Taking Back Control

I’m going to be controversial here: many people report that complementary therapies enable them to play a more active role in their treatment. I find this immensely rewarding. Think about it. In addition to conventional treatment, how does deciding which therapy to use and how often you use it sound? Yes, it’s certainly more empowering than being completely in the hands of a Consultant and allowing them to make all the decisions, however excellent she or he may be.


Complementary therapies cannot cure serious illnesses. However, if you’re in pain, feeling unwell or very low, you may find that such treatments as Kinesiology, Myofascial Release, Acupuncture or Reflexology could boost your physical and emotional health.

My treatments are non-invasive and I aim to treat you as a whole person rather than just focus on your painful knee, sore back or stiff neck in isolation. The muscles in your lower leg may be affecting your posture, for example. Physical pain may be causing you emotional distress. Or stress may be causing digestive problems.

Let’s look at cure and prevention, enabling you to live well and enjoy the health that you deserve.


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