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Complementary Therapies

Over the past decade or so there has been a worldwide trend towards the use of complementary therapies in conjunction with conventional medicine. This use of complementary therapies has become popular with patients, residents and caregivers in aged care. This has resulted in an increased awareness of the preventative measures that are available for the maintenance of personal health and provides a pool of treatment choices that empowers the individual. There are a variety of complementary therapy strategies that nurses can offer their patients, and in this chapter, you will learn about popular forms of complementary therapy and how they promote wellbeing in the elderly.

Contents include

  • Definitions
  • The goals of complementary therapies
  • Complementary therapy guidelines
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Massage therapy
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Author / Editor Biographies

Letitia Quirk, having completed her general nurse training at the Mercy Hospital, Young (NSW, Australia), Letitia worked in both private and public hospitals as well as in a busy medical centre before entering the aged care sector. She was introduced to the benefits of lavender by a diversional therapist and personally witnessed its calming effects on residents. Letitia then developed an interest in natural therapies and went on to complete diplomas and certificates in remedial massage, natural therapies, aromatherapy and reflexology.

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