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Complementary Medicine and Disability : Alternatives for People with Disabling Conditions - Andrew Vickers

Complementary Medicine and Disability

Alternatives for People with Disabling Conditions

Paperback Published: 1st January 1993
ISBN: 9780412486906
Number Of Pages: 310

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Complementary therapies can benefit many people with disabilities. This text gives disabled people, and those who care for them, the information required to make informed decisions about their health and health care. "Disability" is defined broadly, to include conditions causing long-term physical disabilities and potentially disabling conditions such as multiple sclerosis, stroke or arthritis. Designed to be of use to a wide range of people, this book: offers practical advice on finding qualified and competent practitioners in complementary medicine; describes and analyzes each major complementary therapy; and uses clear, non-technical language.

Part 1 Introduction to complementary medicine: different types of complementary medicine; a brief introduction to the therapies; complementary healthcare does not replace orthodox medicine; how complementary healthcare is practised; self-help or professional help?; does it work? Part 2 How complementary healthcare can help people with disabilities: complementary medicine and disabling disease; complementary healthcare has other advantages; what are the disadvantages of complementary healthcare? Part 3 What to expect from complementary healthcare; miracle cures?; specific and non-specific effects of complementary healthcare; complementary healthcare is not always successful; the effects of medical characteristics. Part 4 How to decide on complementary healthcare: which therapies are safe and effective?; how do I find a reputable practitioner?; personal preference in decisions about complementary healthcare; group situations; deciding on a programme of healthcare; combining therapies. Part 5 The therapies: help on where to look for information on specific disabilites and health problems of disability; touch therapies - massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, healing; oriental medicine - acupuncture, shiatsu; structural techniques - osteopathy and chiropractic, rolfing; functional techniques - the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais; movement and stillness : the desciplines - meditation, relaxation and creative visualization, yoga and tai chi; orally taken remedies - homeopathy; herbal medicine, nutrition; other therapies - counselling, hypnotherapy, miscellaneous. Part 6 Self-help: diet and nutrition; orally taken remedies - homoeopathy, Bach flower remedies; biochemic tissue salts; folk and herbal remedies; aromatherapy; relaxation, meditation, yoga and tai chi; do-it-yourself psychotherapy. Part 7 What happens in complementary healthcare: you, your doctor and your complementary practitioner - how best to liaise; your relationship with your complementary practitioner; what can go wrong or cause difficulties in complementary healthcare. Part 8 Other disabilities: children with special needs; learning disability in older children and adults; physical disabilities not covered in main text. Appendices: funding complementary healthcare; adverse reactions and contraindications of complementary therapies; information for disability professionals considering using complementary therapies in a disability setting; information for complementary practitioners interested in working with disabled people; other organizations including those outside the UK.

ISBN: 9780412486906
ISBN-10: 0412486903
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 1st January 1993
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1