What’s in a name? Complementary or Alternative?

What’s in a name? Complementary or Alternative?


This is a question I get asked alot, is Complementary Health Therapies the same as Alternative Health Therapies? In Short the answer is No. While they are often categories together, Complementary Health Therapies is as it says on the tin “complementary” to your medical care advise and treatments.

Sadly, Complementary Health Therapies can sometimes get a bad rep and be misinterpreted as Alternative Therapies. I can see where the error lies. The easiest way to distinguish between the two therapies is to define them for what they are.

Complementary Health Therapies are used alongside your conventional medical treatment e.g your doctor or GP’s care and advice.

Alternative Health Therapies are generally used in isolation of conventional medical treatment.

While the types of therapies can overlap, for example, Reflexology or Aromatherapy might be seen as alternative therapies, it’s the intention behind their use that categorises them as complementary or alternative. A good complementary health therapist won’t diagnose a condition or claim that the treatment will cure you!!

As a Complementary Health Therapist it is very reassuring and great to see that more and more doctors and GP’s are referring patients on to us to help with a range of health issues. Many complementary therapies concentrate on relaxation and reducing stress. This can help to calm your emotions, relieve anxiety, and increase your general sense of health and wellbeing.

Whether you are at your optimum health or you are seeking medical advise for a specific health issue, it is good to know that complementary health therapies can benefit you to either maintain your current state of wellbeing or help you get on the road to recovery.

The benefits of regular treatments are;

  1. You feel better in yourself, positive emotions can help improve your health and wellbeing
  2. You get to relax and take some time out from our busy lives.
  3.  It can help ease symptoms and side effects of medication
  4. By choosing to see a complementary health therapist you are being proactive in your own health and wellbeing.
  5. A good therapist can play a supportive role, listening, talking, touch, allowing you time and space to express your emotions.
  6. Some therapies such as massage stimulates circulation and the removal of toxins which helps boost your body’s immune system.

For a full list of therapies available by Anita click on here

If you would like discuss any of the available treatments please don’t hesitate to get in Contact with me, a free consultation is available to anyone who would like to discuss their treatment options before committing to an appointment.

Phone: 087-1917907

E-mail: anita.therapies@gmail.com

Find me on Facebook @ AnitaOSullivan.CHT

Yours in Health,



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