Moving Forward …
On Saturday June 3rd 2017, I had the opportunity to attend and listen in on complementary education sessions put together by the Calgary Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic. The unique perspective about this education session was its presenters: allied or complementary health providers along with a doctor. It gave and provided for an opening to extending more than regular treatment by combining the varied health practices for helping the person with Chron’s or Colitis in their overall quality of life. Now, before I go on, I want to do a small definition piece and differentiation on CAM – Complementary and Alternative Medicine. This is important to understand the difference!
Defining CAM …
In its big picture view, CAM (known as complementary and alternative medicine) is a “group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.”
Now here is the important part from the above definition:
- Complementary treatments are used in combination with conventional medicine.
- Alternative treatments are used instead of conventional medicine.
So why did I want to make this point? In the whole education session, the focus was on complementary – used in combination with conventional medicine. This is where the gains will be made in improving quality of life and being able to give choices for people, not only with Chron’s or Colitis, but other chronic health conditions to expand their health care team.
Did You Know? …
Even with what we practice, manual lymphatic therapy, it helps with symptoms such as these …
- Abdominal pain
- Stress reduction
- and Joint Pain
Click here to see how we have been helping someone with Ulcerative Colitis.
Next Steps …
Continue with the momentum to build a collaborative health care team that helps personalize the types of care you receive to optimize quality of life. If you have any questions, just contact us.