NACTHPC is a support and networking association for complementary therapists working in hospice and palliative care.
Palliative care is treatment that is aimed not at curing illness but rather alleviating the symptoms of illness and enabling the person affected to live the best possible life they can.
Complementary therapists work holistically acknowledging all of their patient’s needs – physical, mental, emotional, social and cultural. In palliative care the people caring for a patient such as friends and family also have heightened health issues particularly stress and fatigue. Therapists will often work with these carers too. They may use therapies such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, hypnotherapy, Reiki, sound therapy and Tai Chi.
The treatments are always relaxing and pleasant to receive which has the immediate benefit of improving comfort and reducing anxiety. Treatments can also help manage symptoms such as pain, constipation, insomnia, anxiety, immobility, depression, nausea and fatigue.
(Aromatherapy) massage has helped me enormously. I was using so much pain medication before. Now, after my massage, the pain goes away for 4 days and I am no longer using any pain medication at all.
I feel so completely relaxed after my Reiki. I feel calm and at peace.
There is some scientific evidence to support the efficacy of complementary therapies but the most immediate evidence is the response of patients and their comments.
In order to access a complementary therapy service at your local hospice or palliative care unit you usually have to be under their care. Ask your GP, district nurse or specialist nurse if it is appropriate to refer you to your local hospice or palliative care unit
NACTHPC members will have training and/or experience in working with people who have life-shortening illnesses such as cancer, heart or lung disease or neurological disease eg: motor neurone disease.
You may be able to access other complementary therapy services in your area via support associations eg:
Follow these links for information about therapies and advice on how to choose a therapist.
DISCLAIMER : Events and workshops are advertised with independent hospices and nacthpc do not take responsibility for their contents or attendees.
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