From Palm Therapy to other complementary therapies!
Like in most health specialties, the various fields of therapeutic interventions continues to make advances in both knowledge & technology. Many new therapeutic modalities related to health are being used and studied to find more effective treatments for the present major causes of death, which include: cancer, heart problems, stroke, pulmonary problems, diabetes, etc.
Beyond the medical aspect, the social sciences have identified a need in people to take the benefits of various modalities related to psychotherapy. This explains why in the fields of psychology quite a lot of therapies have become main stream, including for example: occupational therapies, family therapies, cognitive behavior therapies, speech therapy, art therapy, and various types of group therapies.
An interesting example of a new therapeutic & complementary hand therapy modality in the field of 'alternative health care' is Palm Therapy (an example of psycho-physical hand therapy) - other hand therapy examples & new therapeutic hand palm therapies are presented below.
Be aware: complementary therapies may have (dis)advantages!!!
An 'unproven therapy' could be described as any therapeutic intervention that has not been scientifically tested, nor approved by authorities. Usually the use of an 'unproven therapy' instead of a standard (or 'proven') therapeutic intervention is called: alternative therapy.
'Unproven therapies' are traditionally associated with relatively high risk - though the implications of these high risks might vary significantly among the various fields of the therapeutic modalities. For example, in the medical field some alternative therapies are known for have dangerous or even life-threatening side effects. But in the field of psychology, one of the major dangers is that a patient may only lose the opportunity to benefit from an tested & approved therapy.
COLOR THERAPY -
GENE THERAPY -
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY - HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
MUSIC THERAPY - HYPNOTHERAPY - MAGNETIC THERAPY
PHYSICAL THERAPY - ART THERAPY
Complementary therapy, on the other hand, refers to the use of a combination of therapies - often used in addition to a specific standard therapy. Palm therapy can be used as a complementary therapy. For example, the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that patients considering the use of any alternative- or complementary therapy should discuss this with their general practitioner and/or the health care team.
And remember... very few sure things in life - but quite some of (complementary) therapy failures are the result of an incompetent, immoral or quack therapist. So, be sure to get to know your therapist: 'is the authority of your therapist credible?'