Complementary Therapy: Comfort for Those in Need Of Palliative Care

Marcos Viliotti

  • Abstract

    Traditionally, complementary therapies have been associated with relaxation therapies (Monti and Yang, 2005). However, the help and comfort resulting from complementary treatments go beyond what might be considered simply a ‘feel good’ factor (Pujol and Monti, 2007). Complementary therapies are now being used alongside orthodox treatments to help provide physical and emotional support for patients with terminal disease (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), 2004). In palliative care, the most
    frequently used complementary therapies tend to be touch based (e.g. massage, aromatherapy and reflexology) or psychological interventions (e.g. relaxation, meditation and visualisation) (NICE, 2004). Stress renders individuals less able to cope physically and mentally with a myriad of symptoms and situations. Therefore, the relief of stress experienced by
    patients and carers may assist them in the management of their lives (Kumar et al, 2013).

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    Marcos Viliotti


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    Original publishing information

    • Publisher: St Christopher's Hospice
    • Publish date: 01/01/2013
    • Volume: 3
    • Issue: 4

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