Complementary Therapies

Aromatherapy Massage

is designed to help maintain physical, emotional and spiritual well-being by the correct application of pure essential oils. The word ‘aroma’ means a fragrance or sweet smell and the word ‘therapy’ simply means a treatment designed to bring about a positive change in an individual, to help the body to help itself to regain health or well-being. Massage is used as a way for the oils to enter the body. Boehm et al. (3) conducted a meta-analysis of 18 studies examining the effects of aromatherapy on the anxiety, depression, sleep, pain, and overall well-being of cancer patients. Overall, the study concluded that aromatherapy provides short-term benefits to cancer patients.

 

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

is based on a group of techniques collectively known as Energy Psychology. These techniques are based on the body’s energy system, and originally stem from the practice of acupuncture. These techniques are tried and tested, and are designed to rapidly clear emotional issues.  Research (6) on EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)  reported that participants experienced significant reductions in anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms, as well as in pain levels and cravings. They also reported improvements in happiness.

Nutritional Counselling

through one to one sessions.  There’s no getting around it…food is an essential part of our life. Food fuels all systems of the body yet many of us are confused about what we should be eating. We can help you to implement a simple program using real foods though nutritional counselling. You may also choose to attend one of our workshops and gain from the support of others, workshops to accompany this session are Nutrition for Life, Juicing for Health, Probiotic Foods/Drinks and Healthy Meals made Easy.

Reflexology

is a manual therapy focusing on the feet. It’s suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, such as: hormonal imbalances, menopause, back pain, migraines, headaches, sleep disorders, digestive problems, and circulatory problems, stress related disorders, anxiety, arthritis, multiple sclerosis. The therapist applies pressure to the points on the feet using their thumb.  The study by Özdelikara and Tan: Effect of Reflexology on Nausea, Vomiting and Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients (4) concluded that reflexology decreased the experience, development, distress of nausea, vomiting, and retching as well as fatigue in the experimental group. Hence, the use of reflexology is recommended for chemotherapy-induced nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.

An Integrative Review on the Effect of Reflexology on the Side Effect of Chemotherapy in Cancer Patients (5) showed that reflexology can reduce pain and increase physical function, balance, and quality of life in cancer patients.

Reiki

is a form of complementary medicine and is sometimes classified as oriental medicine by some professional medical bodies. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self‐improvement and is a technique commonly called hands on healing. Research looking at the effectiveness of complementary therapies versus a placebo (1) with patients suffering with chronic health conditions, showed that Reiki was found to be more effective than a placebo for reducing pain, anxiety, and depression, and for improving self-esteem and quality of life.  Reiki has the potential to provide valuable support for a broad range of chronic health conditions when implemented alongside all other medical and therapeutic techniques.

According to The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2) Reiki very much improved physical and psychological symptoms associated with many health conditions, including affect, pain, depression, anxiety, tiredness, drowsiness, nausea, shortness of breath, appetite, and overall well-being. Reiki can provide immediate relief for many health conditions and is used for this purpose inside and outside of the hospital setting.

Body Massage (including Oncology)

is the best-known type of bodywork performed today. One of the primary goals of this massage technique is to relax the entire body. It is also exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility whilst easing tension. The Effect of Massage Therapy in Cancer Patients (7) concluded that massage therapy has beneficial effects in the short term the level of emotional wellbeing, physical and emotional discomfort, depressed mood, sleep patterns, stress and relaxation.

Research
  1. McManus DE. Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017;22(4):1051-1057. doi:10.1177/2156587217728644
  2. Natalie L. Dyer, Ann L. Baldwin, and William L. Rand.The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.Dec 2019.1156-1162.http://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2019.0022
  3. Boehm K, Büssing A, Ostermann T. Aromatherapy as an adjuvant treatment in cancer care–a descriptive systematic review. Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. 2012;9(4):503-518. Published 2012 Jul 1. doi:10.4314/ajtcam.v9i4.7
  4. Özdelikara A, Tan M. The Effect of Reflexology on Chemotherapy-induced Nausea, Vomiting, and Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients. Asia Pac J Oncol Nurs. 2017;4(3):241-249. doi:10.4103/apjon.apjon_15_17
  5. Gholamzadeh H, Ilkhani M, Ameri A, Shakeri N.  Effect of Reflexology on the Side Effects of Chemotherapy in Cancer Patients: An Integrative Review: https://ebcj.mums.ac.ir/article_11815.html
  6. Bach D, Groesbeck G, Stapleton P, Sims R, Blickheuser K, Church D. Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health. J Evid Based Integr Med. 2019;24:2515690X18823691. doi:10.1177/2515690X18823691
  7. Alves M, Jardim HG, Gomes B. The Effect of Massage Therapy in Cancer Patients,   https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317149970
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