The Differences Between Orthodox Medicine And Complementary Therapies

2118 Words May 13th, 2016 9 Pages
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 in relation to orthodox treatments in the care of musculo-skeletal, metabolic and cardio-respiratory needs
Musculoskeletal problems, as back pain, are treated in orthodox medicine with painkillers and only in extreme situations, surgery can be considered. Most cases are referred to complementary therapies, mostly chiropractic and osteopathy. They imply muscular manipulation applying manual force. Patients following these treatments need less medication (Grazio and Balen, 2011). Acupuncture can also be recommended as it has effects in the nervous system, functioning as analgesic, and as a result, calming pain. Changes has been observed in the nervous system on magnetic resonance imaging scan when applying acupuncture. It is more efficient…

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