Alternative therapies can cover any area of medicine that falls outside of conventional or traditional medical treatment. Some of the more commonly known therapies found beneath this umbrella term include acupuncture, homeopathy and osteopathy. The expression 'alternative therapy' is used extensively for many types of treatment and is sometimes linked to complementary medicine.
It is often the case that an alternative therapy's roots are steeped in history as can be seen with acupuncture, which is a practice over 2500 years old. It however, does not have to be the case since some alternative therapies are based on more modern ideas such as osteopathy, which was founded in the late 1800's. Although still thought of as 'alternative' a lot of these methods of healing have made their way into the mainstream and are used by conventional practitioners.
With continued usage from conventional practitioners, public interest in them has grown. This public interest has led to more and more people actively seeking some form of alternative therapy. It has been seen in recent years that people have sought out an alternative therapy because conventional medicine has not worked for them and in some cases, doctors have referred patients to another form of therapy.
Around 50% of NHS practices have access to alternative therapies of some sort and in some cases it has been attributed to helping fill the gaps in traditional NHS care. Alternative therapies have been used to successfully treat some muscular and skeletal disorders, back pain, migraines and arthritis to name but a few.
Of course, with only half the NHS practices having this access, many people choose to be seen privately to receive alternative health care. Paying privately can be expensive and like conventional medicine, may be on going for lengthy periods. It could therefore be advisable to take proactive steps in order to prepare for unforeseen injuries or illnesses.
As good way of doing this could be looking at private health insurance. Health care may be needed at any time, but if a personal medical plan is already in place and your GP wants to refer you to a specialist, then many of the costs from treatment will be taken care of. This goes for alternative therapies too, with some popular methods being covered, as an optional policy.
These policies often cover a range of complimentary and alternative medicines alongside traditional forms of treatment, allowing you to be seen by qualified therapists. Access to services that support and aid your recovery can also be used if your ailment requires them. Just some of the alternative therapies covered by an optional Therapy & Care package include Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic treatment, Acupuncture & Homeopathy and appliances to aid recovery.
Anyone who favours alternative therapies or indeed wishes to use them alongside conventional treatments can benefit from a personal medical plan. These plans allow the user to safeguard their future against illness or injury they might receive.