Traditional OR Alternative? Let’s Try AND!

For this month’s blog I was planning to detail how periodic massage could actually offset your medical costs. After all, with so many of us enduring with the bare minimum coverage, I thought that I could put a positive spin on the situation.
But let’s face it, having less than adequate coverage sucks, BIG TIME! Not only that, but everything seems so limited lately. Dr. visits have turned into a battle field where you must be armed with insurance, past records and practically a MD degree (usually via the internet). People love to share their battle stories of how they told their Dr. off, refused a medication or opted for a total different treatment.
Alternative Medicine welcomes the fed up with open arms, enthusiastically even. For those who have been put through the ringer with traditional medicine, it is as if we have been given some power back. In the Alternative world, we have workshops, books, articles, health fairs, free consults and so much more. Providers, information and testimonials are abundant. There are now CHOICES.
For the last 11 years I have been an “Alternative Health Provider,” which by the way is really hard for me to say. I see the utilization of Chiropractic, Massage, Herbs and non-processed foods as the ORIGINAL health care. In the beginning of time we were equipped with our hands and natural resources.
“The first wave of medical sectarianism in nineteenth-century America included Hydropaths, Thomsonians, Eclectics, Physio-Medicalists, Eclectics, and Homeopaths. Despite differences in their medical theories and therapeutic systems, members of these sects agreed that the allo- paths, or so-called regular doctors, were the most dangerous quacks of all. Unorthodox practitioners saw themselves as reformers, healers, revolutionaries, professionals, and members of new philosophical schools, not as members of cults or sects. The true test of any medical system, they argued, should be patient satisfaction, especially in the case of chronic illnesses where allopaths had already failed.”
Imagine that, success based on the patient’s satisfaction?
As a Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of a Chiropractic office I often listen to the rundown of everything a patient has tried to get relief. This can be riveting. Emotions of pain, suffering and anger can surface so easily in someone experiencing a chronic condition. But so can distrust, fear and skeptism. I sometimes envision myself as an ambassador for Alternative Health, careful not to put down traditional medicine or over-promise holistic care. I assure patients that there is a place for both, a combo deal, where the word AND can be used.
I believe this attitude is healthy, and by that, I mean for everyone. My husband, the Chiropractor, has taught me so much by being open minded. When we opened our first practice together I wanted him to be definite, a warrior against traditional medicine. I wanted everyone to know that Chiropractic and Massage was the answer. But then my husband suspected MS in a twenty year old, he urged a grandfather to see their medical doctor when he saw signs of cancer, he convinced a parent to go to emergency immediately before their teenager’s gallbladder ruptured. My husband’s understanding that he is only a piece of the puzzle of Health Care makes him an awesome overall provider.
For me, when seeking health care providers, humility goes a long ways. Don’t get me wrong, I like people to be confident in their area of expertise, but I also want them to be aware there may be additional options.