This report is going to study the differences between orthodox medicine and complementary therapies for the treatments of conditions that affect different systems of the body. Next, the attitudes of the population towards complementary therapies will be analysed, as well as their psychological effects and contra-indications. The sources of information that claim the benefits of complementary therapies will be evaluated to know their reliability. Finally, it is going to be evaluated the effectiveness of the current regulations for complementary therapies, giving some recommendations that could be implemented in order to provide patients with a common framework for these therapies.
2.1 analyse the role of complementary therapies …show more content…
Also people with arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and osteoporosis cannot have osteopathic or chiropractic treatment (NHS, 2015) as the weakness caused by these diseases can get worse as a consequence of the manipulation techniques.
3.1 carry out an analysis of the reliability and validity of information sources on complementary therapies
There are many books published about the benefits of complementary therapies. In one of them, a twice-survivor stroke patient recommends aromatherapy and massage to release tension and feel better. He exclaims that they increase circulation, and provide passive exercise. He says that they reduce stress and help to treat depression and traumas (Hinds, 2000). The book is foreworded by a professor, which combined with the patient experience can make people rely on it. However, it does not provide any scientific evidence.
There is only scientific evidence for the benefits of osteopathy and chiropractic for treating back pain. Most researches claiming the positive effects of complementary therapies are of insufficient methodological quality and evidence is usually based in a small number of trial made with small number of patients (Grazio and Balen, 2011). It makes that the results cannot be extrapolated to the general …show more content…
However, the lack of national regulations makes easier that unauthorised people practice the professional and that information without evidence reaches the general population. NICE (the advisor of the NHS for treatments) recommends mindfulness meditations for some conditions although it is not available in the NHS. On the contrary, they do not recommend homeopathy but there as some homeopathic NHS hospitals (NHS, 2016b). All together increases misinformation of people regarding to complementary therapies and may lead into people choosing wrong therapies for their conditions or not knowing which ones to