Thursday, 22 September 2016
Types of alternative cancer treatments (3)
· Music therapy. Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. During music therapy sessions, subjects might listen to music, play instruments, sing songs or write lyrics. A trained music therapist may lead them through activities designed to meet their specific needs, or they may participate in music therapy in a group setting. Music therapy may help relieve pain and control nausea and vomiting. Music therapy is safe and doesn't require any musical talent to participate. Many medical centers have certified music therapists on staff.
· Yoga. Yoga is a Hindu philosophy that teaches a person to experience inner peace by controlling the body and mind. It is a relaxing form of exercise that was developed in India and involves assuming and holding postures that stretch the limbs and muscles, doing breathing exercises, and using meditation techniques to calm the mind. Yoga combines stretching exercises with deep breathing. During a yoga session, the position of the body changes through various poses that require bending, twisting and stretching. There are many types of yoga, each with its own variations. Yoga may provide some stress relief for people with cancer. It has also been shown to improve sleep and reduce fatigue. Before starting a yoga class, patients should ask the doctor to recommend an instructor who regularly works with people with health concerns, such as cancer.
· Relaxation techniques. Relaxation techniques are ways of focusing the attention on relaxing the muscles and calming the mind. Relaxation techniques may be helpful in relieving anxiety and fatigue. They may also help people sleep better. These techniques are safe, a therapist leads you through these exercises and eventually you may be able to do them on your own or with the help of guided relaxation recordings.
· Tai chi. Tai chi is a Chinese martial art and form of stylized, meditative exercise, characterized by methodically slow circular and stretching movements and positions of bodily balance. It is a form of exercise that incorporates gentle movements and deep breathing. Practicing tai chi may help relieve stress. Tai chi is generally safe. The slow movements of tai chi don't require great physical strength, and the exercises can be easily adapted to the body abilities. Still, it is recommended to talk to the doctor before beginning tai chi. People should avoid doing any tai chi moves that cause pain.