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!