2.13.2018

Holistic health schemes and treatments to consider

In Western society, we are raised on the notion that modern medicine is king. The majority of us come to believe that it is the be all and end all when it comes to diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. All of this despite medics not necessarily knowing the answer to every problem and many illnesses, diseases, and injuries posing a mystery to even leading figures in the field. Now, while modern medicine really can help the majority of us, there are other ways that we can look at our health and wellbeing at the same time as listening to the doctor’s orders. This is where holistic medicine comes in to play. Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers you as a whole individual. This, straight away, is different to what you may be used to. Generally, when you visit a standard doctor, they will examine the one area that is causing complaint. You are compared to others with similar symptoms and treated in a similar way. This can be disconcerting. After all, we are all individuals, and you may find more comfort in a more broad analysis of you, your lifestyle, and your environment being taken into account. Holistic medicine considers all of this: mind, body, and spirit. Its main aim is to help you to achieve a proper balance in life, and hopefully, your improved lifestyle will reflect in your health, happiness, and wellbeing. Here are a few holistic health schemes and treatments that you may like to consider!


Back Pain

Back pain is widely reported as one of the most commonly experienced pains. In many cases, the pain doesn’t have a serious cause and will recover by itself over time. But for those of us who experience ongoing pain over a period of months or even years, it can really impact our day to day life in an extremely negative way, and we can feel let down when visiting health professionals who send us home empty-handed. We quickly lose faith in suggestions of anti-inflammatory, over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen and Tiger Balm. But not to worry. There are alternative options out there. Even if you are currently undergoing traditional medical treatment, you could try them out at the same time to improve your overall health and wellbeing. The first step is to keep as active as possible and to continue with your daily activities to the utmost of your ability. Next, consider exercises and stretches that could improve back pain. Common options include low impact activities such as yoga, Pilates, swimming, or walking regularly for an extended distance.  An alternative and more immersive option could be a back pain focused programme such as ReVITALize Rehab Club. This is a special club that caters to individuals in their late 30’s to 60’s. Not only do they focus on short-term fixes, such as easing the side effects of being in pain, but they focus on the moderate term by finding the root cause of your pain. From this point on, they settle on long-term solutions by helping you to find your pillars of vitality, simple exercises, and providing you with tips for the development of healthy habits.


Headaches and Migraines

A headache is a symptom of pain anywhere in your head region. Now, they are not to be taken lightly and if you are experiencing a headache accompanied by pain in your jaw when eating, blurred or double vision, or a sore scalp, you should visit your doctor as a matter of urgency. If you are experiencing a headache due to a serious head injury, or if a headache comes on extremely quickly and is severe you need to contact emergency services. You should also head to accident and emergency if you have sudden problems remembering things, loss of vision, are experiencing drowsiness or confusion, have a high temperature, have a stiff neck or rash, or the white part of your eye is red. However, if you are just prone to standard headaches, there are holistic practices that you could take part in. The most popular is perhaps acupuncture. Acupuncture is an alternative treatment for problems such as chronic tension-type headaches and migraines. Throughout the procedure, you can expect the insertion of needles into specific parts of your body. The session should last around twenty minutes to half an hour, but this can vary according to what your practitioner considers best for you as an individual. An alternative to acupuncture is acupressure. This takes a similar concept, but rather than using needles, pressure is applied manually to special trigger points. While these types of treatments don’t claim to entirely get rid of headaches and migraines, they do aim to reduce the regularity, severity, and duration of the headaches that you may experience.


Low Mood

Thankfully as a society, we are becoming increasingly open and aware when it comes to mental illness. It’s absolutely essential that it is taken equally as seriously as physical illness or disease. But modern medicine has a long way to go when it comes to coming up with effective treatments or cures. Many of us want to avoid medication such as antidepressants, or have tried them and found that they don’t agree with us. The waiting lists for cognitive behavioural therapy can be long. So what can we do while we wait? Well, why not consider aromatherapy. This holistic answer employs our sense of smell to provide our bodies with a sense of calm and contentment. Aromatherapy is the practice of responsibly breathing in different essential oils to stimulate specific brain function. These oils should be entirely natural, taken from flowers, bark, plant stems, leaves, and roots. You can learn more about this practice here.

These are just a few different holistic practices, but as you can see, they could help to improve relatively common experiences that modern medicine can’t always help you with alone. So, if you find yourself suffering from any of these conditions, why not consider these schemes, treatments, and therapies as a complementary addition to your current regime?

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