Patients Call For Complimentary Therapy in Towcester

Patients Call For Complimentary Therapy

Annukka Barrett

Annukka Barrett a complementary therapist from Holistic Massage Therapies in Greens Norton welcomes the findings of a new report on the benefits of complementary therapy for NHS patients.

Annukka  is hoping that local GP’s and health practitioners in Northampton area will be recommending complementary therapies as part of their NHS treatment to appropriate patients after reading this report.

Northern Ireland took an important step towards healthcare integration, one that many of us had been hoping for, at the end of 2005. The government decided to run a seminar, which led in due course to a pilot project to find out if complementary therapies integrated into the NHS can improve health and save money.

A year-long pilot scheme in Northern Ireland has found that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) can offer significant health improvements to NHS patients.

The pilot project was funded by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland and administered by Get Well UK. All evaluation was conducted independently by Social and Market Research.

The Minister for Northern Ireland has released the independently evaluated report on the Complementary and Alternative Medicines project and it can be viewed on their website Independent Evaluation Report into Departmental CAM Pilot (PDF 950KB)  
The report is very positive about the effects of CAM therapies on patients with chronic muscular-skeletal and mental health problems.

After receiving CAM treatments on referral from their GP, 81% of patients reported an improvement in their physical health and 79% in their mental health. The majority of patients, 84%, directly linked improvements in their health and wellbeing to the CAM treatment they had received and 94% said they would recommend it to others with a similar condition.

The 713 patients, with a range of ages and demographic backgrounds and either musculoskeletal or mental health conditions, were referred to relevant CAM therapies via nine GP practices in Belfast and Londonderry. The therapies included massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, osteopathy, homeopathy, reflexology and aromatherapy administered by local practitioners. The scheme was implemented by social enterprise Get Well UK, which aims to improve access to complementary therapy on the public health service.  

Patients assessed their own health and wellbeing pre and post therapy and GPs and CAM practitioners also rated patients responses to treatment and the overall effectiveness of the scheme.

Holistic Massage therapies, based in Greens Norton and Bugbrooke Medical Practice offers a range of complementary therapies that were covered in the report including Swedish Body Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Deep tissue Massage, Indian Head Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Infant and Baby massage and Emotional Freedom techniques – EFT.

As a complementary therapist and a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, I have been working hard for many years to enhance and improve upon the skills and range of therapies I offer my clients. My clients have been very appreciative of the services that I provide and in many instances it has brought great relief to their lives and has meant they are able to enjoy life much more fully. I have numerous examples of how my work in massage has benefited and improved their lives.

I hope that the new research will influence the decisions of the health care profession so that patients in future will receive my support without necessarily having to pay privately.

For more information please contact  Annukka Barrett from Holistic Massage Therapies on  0782 5742 413 or email 



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