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Complementary Therapies

Complementary Therapies

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Living with a chronic disease like arthritis can be very frustrating, especially if the medications prescribed by your doctor don’t seem to have the desired results. In these instances, it can be tempting to exhaust all possible solutions for bringing your symptoms under control.

A popular option for many people with arthritis is complementary and alternative therapies, which are treatments that fall outside the scope of traditional medicine. Examples include massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, special herbs, supplements, acupuncture and meditation. These methods are not a substitute for the medications prescribed by your doctor.

Before you try any of these treatments, always inform your healthcare provider of any complementary and alternative therapies you are taking, receiving or would like to try. Your healthcare provider can offer valuable advice about these treatments. 

 The National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health is a good source of information if you are looking for current research into complementary and alternate therapies.