I'm curious to know if anyone is using as a therapy some kind of alternative medicine modalities . . or even as a research?
Like Reflexology, shiatsu, therapy touch, etc.
Many athletes nowadays are doing Yoga, many!. Which amazes me in a good way, and it's awesome for them.
Thank you very much in advance for your responses.
p.s. sorry, i didn't see any threat about this subject, if there is one, please let me know, thank you!
have a read at my posting in your same section called european v australian therapy, basically all the therapy I meantioned there are holistic, involving magnets, electricity, heat etc... hope it helps, v
Thank you very much for your reply.
I've read also your posting, and i'm sorry about your "adventure".
I do not have an answer for you concerning that matter, apologies!
Alternative modalities and other views are up to US, the patient to get knowledge of!
There is soooo much out there that's impossible for a doctor, therapist, etc., to get info in everything.
Sometimes we have to go through some things to realize what it could be done instead. You can call them bad experiences, and in a few years from now, it will be a good experience!. All depends on the situation, person, place, etc.
I was asking about the modalities because i'm a Reiki Master and very interested in applying it into sports. I've been using Reiki from the distance and it really works.
I was, and still am, very curious if someone out there is using Reiki in their daily journey.
thank you very much for your comments, and wishing you the best for the future.
Everything happens for a reason.
Hi,Originally Posted by teamworkf1
There are many altrenatve therapies to choose from. It depends on the condition. I practiced yoga and tai chi for many years but due to my injuries I find it impossible to do now, I really miss it. I have tried many therapies and found crainial sacral therapy to work well for my spine injuries. Reflexoligy is simple to learn the basics and you could treat yourself... save the pennies! ..... I am a great fan of accupuncture but it works better for my dog than me! I am a Reiki master and many find this beneficial. I think the difficulties with alternative therapies is finding the one which works for you, what may work for one may not work for the next with the same condition, just like medication! Chi gong is simple to learn and it is very powerfull. .... Good luck.
Ps: check my posting on cupping!
Hi,Originally Posted by Flipflop
Thank you very much for your reply. I am a Reiki master too. Yes, i do understand, it depends on the individual what it will work better for you.
Never heard of "cupping" but for the descriptions, i won't try it! . .
thank you again!
Just wondering about your own experiences. Have you tried many therapies?
The cranial sacral therapy I had, not only helped my spine but, it did help with PTSD. This amazed me! It has been the best alternative treatment for my conditions. I did have a very experienced therapist, who was also an orthopeadic consultant. Sadly, he has gone back to France.
I used to get knee pain when I did Tai Chi, I use essential oils, black pepper and rosemary with a base oil and found it helped.
I have used fish oils for years, a couple of times when I ran out and constantly forgot to buy more, my knees got sore again after about 5 weeks. I think it takes around six-eight weeks for it to show effect.
I have found that reiki and sekhem, type therapies to be calming, however I think it depends on the injury as to how well it works with the physical body. The more experienced the therapist the stronger the healing. I do know of some who have had remarkable healings. Certainly helped my mind, but I think for my physical symptoms it may take many sessions.
Massage with aromatherapy oils helped with aching muscles and I felt like I floated out of the treatment room!
I tried the Bowen technique and did not like it.
Reflexology was great, I use this on my feet and hands, always better when a proffesional does it though!
I covered cupping in another post, it may not sound good, but it does work.
Hope this is of some interest to others who are looking for alternative treatment rather than using prescribed medications, which have many side effects.
Even worse the drug companies appear to be more interestd in getting rich than care about people.
With kindness ..... flipflop
I'd be interested in others experience
Well, you can say you have tried all, almost! . .
I haven't had many big injuries, therefore no need to use many.
I constantely use Reiki, and yes, it's true, you need many sessions, depending on the injury to see results. Although, Reiki is very good for a quick pain release.
It's good also if you are a Reiki therapist, therefore the Reiki energy will travel through you all the time.
Because Reiki is not you, it doens't matter how much experience you have. What it really matters is how the practitioner treats his/her body. Depending on that, the energy will go through easier and on the patient. Example, clean diet, no alcohol, no smoking, etc.
I do believe in alternative treatments, but there are some situations were you will need medical assistance.
Life is all about balance and experiences.
Thank you very much for your comments and information, really appreciated!
I was just reading all the threads about the types of alternative treatments people have tried. I hurt my shoulder twice and have had lower back issues and eventually sought treatment through alternative therapies.
For my lower back I sought treatment from an osteo who is also trained in yoga. A combination of the two worked really well and I barely have any problems.
For my shoulder, I think that with the initial injury, acupuncture worked really well. My acupuncturist was also a sports chiro and that helped with readjusting my clavicle which was popping out of place.
After no improvement with the chiro I gave up and went to see the osteo who was only helpful in trying to sort out the muscles which were overcompensating because the shoulder joint was inflammed. I ended up seeing a physio after resting it for about 3 months and decided it was time to get some exercises. The first physio I saw tried inferrential treatment and ultrasound which stirred everything up. So I gave up and went to see a biomedically trained doctor and eventually after spending money on a MRI sent me back to another physio to try another rehab exercise program. I'm lucky though because my current physio is really good.
For supplements to help the muscle heal, I used a topical cream called arnica cream which helps with the circulation of the muscles and is good for general muscle strains. I also took magnesium which has been very beneficial since my body lacks it quite a bit. Can't say too much about the benefits of fish oil, I hear that it can be beneficial and seems like it must have the same effect as glucosamine.
As for Reiki treatment and Bowen Therapy, I've never tried it but I'd be interested to see what people's experiences have been with it.
I think in some instances, it comes down to judgement of how serious you think your injury is. Some people will go directly to see a doctor, and others will try to let their body to heal itself and see what happens. I guess really, it's important to know that you sometimes have to take a physician's advice with a grain of salt and you need to think about it to see if his advice is consistent with your symptoms. Doctor's see patients complaining of things all the time and most I think expect that when you go to see them, you are there to get a quick fix answer. I guess that is the nature of how medicine works in that doctors see the body as a machine, alternative therapists/holistic treatments look at a number of external factors to see if they are contributing to the pain or injury you have suffered.
I work in an Holistic Therapies Centre as a Physiotherapist, and I find that working together as a team can be really quite beneficial for the sports person. We can refer our clients to each other, knowing what each therapist is able to provide - including shiatsu, reiki, crystal healing, bowen technique, physio, sports therapy, flower remedies and much more.
I have found that sometimes athletes have a lot of other things that they need to address alongside their injuries, and sometimes alternative therapies can help enormously. Often dealing with their other problems can actually aid the speed of recovery and improve their adherence to rehabilitation pro grammes. Just my opinion, but I certainly think that alternative therapies have their place for some - perhaps not all - athletes.
Ruth Cheesley BSc(Hons) MSc MCSP
The Virtual Sports Injury Clinic
Another complementary therapy worth considering is SCENAR therapy.
one of today’s most effective non-invasive electro-therapy treatments, is based on Eastern energy principles. The acronym for Self-Controlled Energo-Neuro Adaptive Regulator The SCENAR device collects the body’s electromagnetic signals, modifies them and sends them back to the body – this biofeedback feature distinguishes SCENAR from other therapies (eg Transcutaneous Electro Neural Stimulation) which send out a consistent continuous signal – to which the body can eventually fail to respond. SCENAR’s signals change in response to bodily changes – this prevents adaption and decreasing response by the body.
The Department of Health and Chiropractic at Macquarie University ran a pilot study to rate the clinical effects of SCENAR technology on chronic neck pain. and compare it with conventional electrotherapy* treatments The six-month study found SCENAR works faster than conventional methods and the benefits were longer-lasting after treatment was stopped.
Further research trials are being undertaken in 2008. These a number of NSW GP's with a research interest in energetic Medicine. The trials will be supervised by an Australian University.
Worth investigating. www.scenarhealth.com
Last edited by scenar health; 22-07-2007 at 02:12 PM.