Treatment Modalities

Introduction

It would be wonderful to say that all therapies worked equally well for everyone, and that they all worked equally well all of the time. However, in the real world of therapy that would be wishful thinking; no therapy - be it allopathic or holistic - works equally well with everyone all of the time.

There are huge individual differences in peoples' health problems and their response to any kind of therapy. That is why conventional medication works on a probabilistic basis and cannot predict how any one person will react with 100% certainty. Even within individuals there can be changes in their responses to different therapies as they progress through therapy.

There are many reasons for these individual differences. E.g. they can be affected by changes in metabolism, levels of stress, the person's previous therapeutic experience, their temperament, their expectation of the treatment, the history and etiology of the condition, the progress of the disease process, the level of engagement they can tolerate, and whether the treatment matches their needs at the time.

There are also a range of non-specific treatment affects that can radically influence the effectiveness of any treatment these can be called placebo (positive) or nocebo (negative) effects. Whilst these might be controlled in some limited way in drug trials, whenever medicine is administered via human agency (i.e. there is some form of human interaction in the therapy - which there is in most forms holistic treatment) then there will be uncontrolled placebo affects.

The holistic physician knows that the placebo/nocebo response is an inevitable part of the therapy and will utilise this positively in the treatment, whether it is called cultivating good 'bed-side manner' or paying attention to the quality.

The art of the practitioner is to get the best match of treatment for the individual patient within the context of a good therapeutic alliance with them. Hence whatever we do is client-centred and responsive to their changing needs. Therefore, we need a range of modalities to allow for that choice.

Most practitioners will try to match their expertise and treatment to the patient as best they can, often varying the strength, depth, intensity and duration of the treatment as it unfolds, sometimes bringing in elements of other modalities as they feel it appropriate to do so or referring onto other practitioners if needed.

This means that whilst in theory you may be getting one modality in practice the therapist often blends in their various methods and techniques as any good craftsman would to achieve the optimum mix for that person.

Therapy is a living dynamic process that evolves through the interaction of the therapist with the client. The therapeutic journey is one where both are alive to the changing needs of the individual and can adapt accordingly.

Whilst all the modalities presented below are separate entities this is often because of ownership of the name, rights to professional titles, intellectual property rights, and different emphases within the treatments. However, there is a core of common intention and understanding within them all to restore normal functionality to human tissue in order to enhance the quality of life.

All the therapies are based on a profound understanding of human anatomy and physiology, and a sincere belief in the unfolding possibilities of human existence in which therapy can assist on the journey.

We would hope to provide the best match that we can to assist all our clients on their therapeutic journeys.

Here is our list of therapy modalities: