complementary therapy

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Chevonne Miller

BTEC national health and social care

Unit 23, P2

Lesley Davis


In this assignment I am going to discuss the factors which may either deter or influence complementary therapy. Complementary therapy is a natural therapy which is used instead of orthodox medication; there are many different reasons to why individuals may chose to use their own remedies and therapies.

The factors that I will be discussing include the following

  • Geographical
  • Social-economics/cost of CT
  • Cultural
  • Education
  • Referrals
  • Perception


Physical factors


Many individuals may experience many physical factors such as pain and mobility problems, some individuals may feel that taking orthodox medicines such as paracetamol may not be the best pain relief or option available. Different people may encounter different side effects from taking medicines therefore they may choose natural alternatives such as massages and acupuncture, this influences therapies such as these as pain can be eliminated naturally without any side effects. However individuals may feel that therapies may not be the best option as you may have to have several treatments before the problem is treated, secondly individuals may use orthodox methods as the pain their experiencing many go away much quicker.

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Mobility is a factor that can either promote or hinder an individual’s access to complementary therapy for example due to an individuals mobility they may be unable to gain access to the premises or the premises may not provide the facilities that are needed to accommodate this individual. An individual with mobility problem may chose to use complementary therapies as certain therapies such as reflexology may help to ease the pain and help the movements in their joints.


Geographical area


The area in which you live can have a great impact on an individual’s access to complementary ...

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