Types of Complementary Therapy
Complementary therapies are diverse. Some use touch, while others do not. Some focus on expressing feelings through art, while others integrate healthful eating and nutrition. Still others employ mental or physical exercise, or both.
Remember, your experience may be different from the experience of others you know, and not every therapy suits everyone. You should feel free to try a few before deciding which to pursue. Here are some of the most common types of complementary therapies.
Body-based and energy therapies rely on touch to relieve your body of stress, or by balancing qi (pronounced “chee”), a person’s vital energy. Energy therapy practitioners work with you to balance the life energy in your body, leading toward inner peace and focus.
Your personal beliefs, personality and comfort with a practitioner touching your body will impact the therapies you prefer. Some body-based and energy therapies are:
Finding a way to express yourself without having to talk about it directly is one way to relieve yourself while doing an activity you enjoy. Creative outlets may serve as a welcome distraction, giving you time to think about something other than cancer.
Depending on your interests and goals, you might choose to explore three common creative therapies:
Diet, nutrition and exercise play a big part in how well you feel and, sometimes, how well your body handles conventional medical treatments.
Integrative medicine programs often address these issues and other nutrition concerns as part of their approach:
- Diet, Nutrition and Exercise
- Dietary Supplements
Movement therapies are physical activities that people of all skill levels can do. They bring together creativity, strength, mental focus and sometimes spirituality. Most movement therapies share the belief that the mind, body and spirit are connected to one another and affect everyday stress, anxiety and happiness.
Some mind-body movement therapies are:
Like other movement therapies, these therapies focus on the connection of the mind and body. They teach that you can use your mind and thoughts to impact the well-being of your body.
Some mind-body therapies that feature little movement are: