How complementary therapies can help the NHS

It was recently announced in the Telegraph that the NHS has plans to create healthy towns, with services such as Facials and Zumba classes.

Oddly enough, for the last decade, we have been working with local GP surgeries in the London Borough of Bexley delivering complementary therapies to patients – as a result a number of savings have been made to the local NHS through our GP Referral scheme.

Therapies over medications 

The treatments are a very good way of non-medication management of many health issues, ranging from aches and pains to mental health issues, like depression and anxiety. A regular appointment with a qualified therapist is the best way to enhance a life that is often stressed and the advice given is also valuable.

One of our longest serving clients speaks highly of complementary therapy:

As a patient of the NHS, I have personally had treatments through the Feel Good Co-operative. I have found that my pain has dissipated over time, and I no longer have to rely on drugs to manage my daily life. (Bob Lusher)

Even charities promote a healthier life in these times. Cancer Research UK currently offers a 6-week course of sessions at their centres and it helps their clients feel good, with the added benefit of giving them some control over their lives at a vulnerable time.

Massage helps brings about better mood

Massage elevates stress

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Generally, massage therapy can help lift your mood, improve your sleep and enhance your well-being. There is some evidence to help support these benefits;-

  • Women diagnosed with breast cancer who received massage therapy three times a week reported being less depressed and less angry, according to a 2005 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience.
  • A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease). Additionally, it also “improves immune function for individuals with HIV,”
  • Massage might even help people who suffer from constipation, according to research published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2009. Researchers broke up 60 people with constipation into two groups—one received laxatives along with abdominal massage, while the others were given only laxatives. After eight weeks, the people in the massage group reported less severe gastrointestinal symptoms and less abdominal pain that the laxative-only group.

Oddly enough, even charities promote a healthier life in these times, one great example is Cancer Research UK currently offers a 6-week course of sessions through their centres and it helps their clients feel good. It is a way they feel they can help themselves, giving them some control over their lives at a vulnerable time.

Reducing the cost of medicine

The cost of medicines and other interventions are quite often very expensive for the NHS to administer and a regular treatment of complementary therapy can reduce the costs enormously.

With regular healthy eating and exercise, together with a complementary therapy treatment, optimum health can be maintained for a very long time. Doctor Todd (one of our partner bases)

A recent study explored the effect of expressive physical touch with talking about anxiety and dysfunctional behaviour in patients with dementia. The study findings are that (1) anxiety is lower immediately and (2) this intervention causes a decrease in episodes of dysfunctional behaviour.

Bring on the healthy towns

To conclude, these plans by the NHS are great, however for the last decade we have been championing complementary therapies to the residents of Thamesmead and recently we have been working with dementia residents of Cedar Court.

Massage techniques can range from being soft and gentle to vigorous and brisk, even though sometimes they can even be a bit uncomfortable;  but therapists may treat your whole body or concentrate on a specific part, such as your head, neck or shoulders, or with reflexology even your feet.

With a aging population we feel that GP referrals more a cost-effective, and feel it is the most effective way of improving and maintaining patient’s high quality of life.

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