This is a peculiar topic, but it is becoming more and more prevalent to take elderly clients to see an acupuncturist. The question is, ‘Does this complementary health approach work well for elderly ailments or not?’ Let’s take a look at what the National Institute of Health (NIH) has to think.
According to the NIH, Complementary health approaches are medical and health care systems, practices, and products that originated outside of mainstream medicine. They include techniques performed by a practitioner (such as acupuncture, spinal manipulation, and massage therapy) and natural products (such as herbs, probiotics, and fish oil). Some approaches, including acupuncture and yoga, originated in Eastern countries such as China or India but are now used in Western countries as well.
This still does not answer the question as to whether or not the practices are helpful or not. Some may be, but I can vouch that sometimes these approaches do not seem to work at all.
I had one client that was recommended to have acupuncture treatments – a whole lot of them. They seemed to help for a few hours, but once the effects wore away, the pain came back in droves. My poor client was in such awful pain that she could not function otherwise!
Over the next few days we will look at these alternative approaches and compare them to modern medicine. As a caregiver, you have a view on your elderly client’s world like no other. You may have to also be their voice if you do not witness change.
Why do you do this? Because you believe that With Age Comes Respect!