I have tried quiet a few “alternative medicine routes.” So far none have worked for me, but I still continue to try new ones. In early January I’m going to start acupuncture to see if it helps as well as counseling.
I’m a skeptic. When I’m told something as a fact, I want to know why it’s true, and where the evidence is. The problem with being a skeptic and trying alternative medicine is that, alternative medicine is most likely to work if you truly believe it will. In the end it is often more about mindfulness, than it is about the actual alternative medicine you’re receiving.
The first alternative medicine I tried was going to a chiropractor. I’ve been to two, and honestly I’m not impressed. The first one put me on a ton of supplements that messed up my stomach – and more than usual. They also did what they called a “deep adjustment” on my neck, and gave me the worst migraine I’ve ever had that latest for two weeks. When I say the pain was bad, I mean I thought I was going to die I was in so much pain. The second one I saw took x-rays of my spine, told me a had scoliosis, and needed daily “adjustments” to fix it. I went to an orthopedist after that to get clarification and had more x-rays that showed I have a slight spinal asymmetry, and it was nothing to worry about. I honestly think the second guy was a huge scam.
I have also tried massage therapy from a couple different massage therapist. It didn’t do anything for me, and often made me sore. I got one specific “migraine massage” where they put freezing cold stones on my face, and the only thing it did was make me cold.
I did physical therapy for a while, and surprise, it didn’t seem to help. We were working on building my core muscles, and the muscles around my neck. She would often push me harder than my body could handle, and I would have to rest of the remainder of the day. Plus I was SO sore from doing the exercises she had me do that it caused me more pain, than it helped. I do think physical therapy could be helpful for me in the long run, I just need to find someone who has more experience with my health issues.
The last thing I’ve tried is essential oils. Now this was more to appease my mom than anything else. We have a family friend who is an infectious disease doctor and now works with essential oils. My mom trusts her and really thought they would help – but they didn’t do anything; at least they smelled really good! I think just like all these others things, they work for some people are not others.
This post is not meant to make fun of anyone who uses alternative medicine in their treatment plan – if it works for you, thats great! I wish they had worked for me, but I’m not surprised they didn’t . Do you use any holistic approaches, and if so have they worked for you?
Lots of Love,