It’s not so alternative anymore!

Welcome to my new blog.

Here I’ll be sharing more information about my work incorporating craniosacral and polarity therapy to help people recovering from injuries and pain.

I thought an interesting way to start would be to look at how this work is seen in a larger context.

Did you know there’s an national agency that studies “alternative medicine?” Well, there used to be.

It was called National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). In December Congress changed the name to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). All funded with our tax dollars under the umbrella of the National Institutes of Health.

It’s still a mouthful no matter what you call it, but the thing I found most interesting is that even the government doesn’t consider this work “alternative” anymore. Apparently when more than half of all Americans are willing to spend more than 4 Billion Dollars on something the government is willing to admit it’s a mainstream pursuit.

The people who come to me for my work have usually been to several doctors who are trained in Western Medicine and those doctors haven’t been able to help them. My clients were still in pain and that motivated them to look for and try something “alternative” to what had been offered to them.

According to the NCCIH, “The goal of an integrative approach is to enhance overall health, prevent disease, and to alleviate debilitating symptoms such as pain and stress and anxiety management that often affects patients coping with complex and chronic disease, among others.”

That’s what many of us “alternative” practitioners have been saying for a long, long time.

You can read more from the NCCIH here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences.