The world of alternative health care has been steadily growing and becoming more commonplace in today’s society as an acceptable and sometimes, even preferred form of healthcare. But something you probably don’t hear about as much is the concept of complementary health approaches. On the surface, it may seem that these two options are synonymous however they could not be more different. To talk about alternative and complementary forms of care we must first understand what these terms mean and how they relate to standard care.
Standard care is medicine that is performed by a licensed healthcare professional, usually a Medical Doctor (M.D.) or a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). Other types of medical practices that are considered standard care are Physical Therapy (P.T.) and Psychiatry. Standard care is often referred to as Western Medicine and is widely available throughout the United States.
Alternative Health Care
Alternative health care consists of various treatments that are used instead of standard medicine. Some types of alternative health care that can be used exclusively include acupuncture, herbal medicine and chiropractic.
Complementary Health Approaches
Complementary health approaches include practices that are not yet considered mainstream in standard care (massage therapy, essential oils, yoga, etc.). The standard care community is beginning to support complementary health approaches. Patients are now encouraged to incorporate complementary health approaches, such as massage therapy and chiropractic, as part of a comprehensive individualized health plan, especially when it comes to treatment for chronic pain.
Pro-Active is a complementary health provider known for our knowledge and ability to work in tandem with standard care providers to offer a wider range of options for chronic pain not otherwise available in the standard care community. We offer a fresh approach when working with the cycle of chronic pain and often find that a global approach leads to the most success.
By changing the conversation around pain, Pro-Active can work with you and your other health professionals to implement unique and sometimes unconventional methods to Keep you Active for Life.
If you have any questions about PAMT therapies, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
One question we receive often from our clients is “what is this bag of white stuff?!” When they
find out it is baking soda the understandable next question is always “what is the difference
between a baking soda and Epsom salts?”
Baking soda –or sodium bicarbonate - is a great remedy for everything from sunburn and itchy
skin to teeth whitening. A lesser known fact is that taking a bath with baking soda can also help
you after a tough workout, massage or when your just feeling sludgy during the flu season.
Baking soda is very alkaline or basic which makes it able to bind to the so called “sludge” and
remove it from your body. After a particularly demanding cross fiber session, 8 cups of baking
soda in a hot bath can help to detoxify your body by flushing out the released toxins through
Epsom salt isn’t really a salt at all but instead a mineral compound called magnesium sulfate.
Epsom salt is great for chronic conditions such as Fibromyalgia, soothing inflammation from
ingrown toenails and relieving bruised and aching muscles. This pain relief comes from your
skin absorbing the magnesium naturally founds in Epsom salt.
Many combinations of these two detoxifying ingredients can be helpful. Some people mix
them together or supplement the soak with essential oils or apple cider vinegar for additional
detox benefits. As always, be mindful of the potential health risks associated with any
treatment. Do not use baking soda or Epsom salts without consulting your doctor if you are
pregnant, have high blood pressure, heart problems or are on any prescription medication.
If you have gotten the go ahead from your doctor, enjoy a nice long soak and reap the benefits
of a detox soak to stay Active for Life!