Complementary and Alternative Therapies are usually provided on an outpatient basis within the context of the broader health system.
An integrative approach of combining Complementary and Alternative Therapies with conventional treatment is more frequently being offered by healthcare providers in regard to:
The management and relief of symptoms/side effects of conventional treatments
General improvement in health or well-being.
Complementary and Alternative Therapies services are generally classified into two subgroups:
Natural products e.g. dietary, vitamin and mineral supplements
Mind and body practices, which include a wide range of procedures and techniques administered by trained practitioners, e.g. yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture and meditation.
There a re also Complementary and Alternative Therapies approaches which do not fit into either of these groups including homeopathy, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine and traditional healing practices. Some common Complementary and Alternative therapies/medicine include:
Chiropractic and osteopathic
Chinese herbal medicine
Movement therapies including Feldenkrais method, Alexander technique, Pilates, Rolfing Structural Integration, Trager Psychophysical Integration