Just how do you choose a natural or complimentary therapy to help with the pain and the varied symptoms of endometriosis?
There are many complementary approaches to health, often with a confusing overlap of influences and theories, and an immense variety of methods for diagnosis and treatment. With the increasing popularity of complementary and alternative medicine, the number of therapies available has grown enormously.
The instincts you have about a therapy or a practitioner are important, as belief and trust play a significant role in healing. Make sure that your practitioner is reputable and well trained.
You are likely to respond better to a therapy if its principles fit with your ideas on well-being and if you feel comfortable with its approach.
Some of the things to consider about the type of therapy to use:
Finding a Practitioner
Establishing a sense of rapport and
trust with your practitioner is an important element of therapy if any benefits
are to be derived from the treatment.
Another key factor is of course, finding a competent practitioner.
Finding a good practitioner may be
simply a matter of trial and error, and there are many people who prefer to
rely on work-of-mouth recommendations.
However, this approach is not necessarily reliable.
Training for alternative practitioners
can range from as little as a correspondence course lasting only one weekend to
three to four years of full or part time degree study.
Make sure that the therapist/practitioner you are considering is adequately trained and reputable.
Before embarking on any course of therapy you should ask your practitioner these questions:
Trust and empathy are important with your practitioner, and treatment is unlikely to succeed without it. Treatment is often conducted on a one-to-one basis, so trust is imperative.
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