People often turn to complementary therapies and alternative medicines to assist with some of the issues created by a brain injury.
In addition to the traditional rehabilitation therapies discussed earlier, some people have found benefit in therapies such as, craniosacral therapy, massage, acupuncture, biofield therapies, hyperbaric oxygen treatment and naturopathic medicines. Anecdotally, these types of approaches have been found to be successful for some when applied to ease the more intractable impacts of brain injury, such as chronic pain, sleeplessness, and mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
Complementary therapies should never be used as an alternative to conventional treatment, and care should be taken when using therapies that have not been proven to be safe or effective. Always check with your health care professional, particularly in the case of alternative medicines, as there may be adverse reactions with prescribed medication.
People may try alternative medicine for various reasons, including:
- Prescribed medications have no effect
- The side effects of prescribed medication outweigh the benefits
- An aversion to drugs and preference for more natural