Alternative Treatment Modalities Ross Therapeutic Massage Telford PA

Massage therapy is in the category of Alternative Treatment Modalities. Alternative simply means that it’s a type of treatment outside the traditional medical model. Both medical and alternative models are intended to improve health, but they go about it differently. The medical model generally focuses on what can be seen, assessed, and diagnosed by a doctor. The alternative model tends to see treatment as something the practitioner does both in partnership with the client, and in consideration of other factors that impact health.

Just as medical professionals specialize in a specific area, alternative health practitioners will usually focus on one modality, or a select few that are similar. Most alternative health professionals have a robust network of specialists they trust for other types of treatment so they can provide their clients with referrals when needed.

What are the Most Common Alternative Treatment Modalities?

Alternative medicine has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. As people take a serious interest in their own health, they usually start noticing connections between their mental, spiritual, and physical health. They also realize how much of an impact their daily habits have on overall wellness.

Based on those connections, they will evaluate which alternative treatment is most likely to be beneficial. These treatments include:

  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Physical or Occupational Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Massage
  • Zero Balancing
  • Myofascial Release
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Rolfing
  • Cupping

You might see a specialist in another field that I didn’t even mention! There are a lot of alternative treatment practitioners out there trying to make the world a healthier place by helping people heal their bodies.

What is the Key to Alternative Treatment?

What all of these modalities have in common is possibly the most important element of all medicine: Touch.

The definition of touch is, “to come into contact with, to handle in order to manipulate, alter, or otherwise affect or transform.” Touch is meant to be a good thing, and our bodies actually need it!
The skin is our largest organ. When it recognizes the sensation of another human’s touch (we’re only talking about positive, safe touch in this article), it sends signals to the brain to produce oxytocin, the feel good hormone. The perfect example of this is what happens when we hold a baby. It’s widely known that holding, kissing, and snuggling infants supports their brain development. But the caregiver benefits just as much because of that oxytocin boost.

As babies get older, they begin to recognize the importance of touch from someone who loves them. Touch can give them comfort, make them feel safe, settle feelings of frustration or anger, and make them laugh. Physical contact lessens as kids get older and crave their independence. Unfortunately, we rarely get back up to the level of physical touch that we really need as we move towards adulthood.

The term “touch starvation” refers to the heightened stress and health problems that come from losing physical contact with others. Touch is so powerful that it can regulate blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate. If touch is missing from someone’s life, their overall health usually suffers as well.

When touch is applied by a trained practitioner of one of the modalities listed above, it is powerful enough to stimulate natural healing throughout the body! Whether focusing directly on the skin, communicating with the nervous system, adjusting the body’s connective tissue, or stretching aching muscles, professionally trained touch generates wellness.

Alternative Modalities Focus on Human Need for Connection

Something else that alternative practitioners almost universally have in common is how much we all care about people. It’s impossible to go into one of these fields without having a high level of empathy and compassion for others.

We see that when people are dealing with pain, illness, stress, chronic disease, digestive problems, sleep deprivation, and many other ailments, one thing they definitely need is therapeutic touch. Through the caring touch of a trained professional who is truly invested in treating the whole person with dignity and positive regard, countless individuals enjoy significantly improved lives.

I entered the nursing profession to participate in healing. What I quickly learned is that the medical model is too focused on physical symptoms and treatments that keep the patient under the provider’s control. I transitioned to massage therapy because I recognize that my clients should be the experts, and my job is to be a supportive partner in helping them achieve their wellness goals. The difference is undeniable, and so much of it starts with the simple act of touch!

Improve Your Overall Health with the Power of Therapeutic Touch

When was the last time you gave someone a long, comforting hug? I encourage you to hug a friend or loved one today! You have no idea how much better you’ll both feel from one simple act of caring touch.

If you’re dealing with any type of pain, stiffness, limited mobility, or tight muscles, please give me a call. I work with many of the modalities listed above, and I have excellent referrals if you need additional therapy. Your body can heal naturally through the power of touch. Ross Therapeutic Massage is located in Telford and is easy to reach from Harleysville, Souderton, Lansdale, Perkasie, Sellersville, Green Lane, and Quakertown.