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.