No one can deny or argue with the fact that health care in this country is out of control. People are literally dying because they lack health insurance or the funds to get the treatment that they need. Doctors have become legal drug pushers instead of offering alternatives to prescription medications like a change in lifestyle or diet which in some cases can cure what ails you.
Many insurance companies refuse to pay for so-called alternative therapy such as acupuncture, chiropractic and massage. There are benefits to each of these practices and they are hardly new ideas. Acupuncture, for example, has been used for centuries. Many people are able to control chronic pain by having acupuncture treatments. Isn’t this more favorable than taking addicting prescription pain medication? Prescription pain medication does long-term damage to the body whereas acupuncture does not.
When an insurance company pays for pain management, it often involves the management of pain medication and sometimes physical therapy. Physical therapy strengthens the body and involves exercise to return to a level of mobility that was lost due to a surgical procedure, an accident or other medical condition.
Studies have shown that many patients with anxiety disorders benefit from practices such as hypnosis, massage and acupuncture instead of relying on pharmaceutical medications to deal with their disorder. Medications are chemicals that produce side effects and often patients use them as a crutch in order to cope. Alternative remedies can heal a person without the risk of destroying important organs like the liver and kidneys.
Maybe the insurance companies are too involved with the pharmaceutical companies. One hand washes the other and since they have no hand in the alternative medicine cookie jar, they would rather deny covering these other options for better health.
Promoting wellness instead of just treating sickness can make us less dependent on medications that can cause more medical problems. If doctors were proactive in teaching their patients how to live a healthier lifestyle and practices like regular massage were a part of people’s lives we all might be happier, healthier and experiencing a lot less stress. Massage is proven to reduce stress levels and promote overall well-being and health in patients who regularly receive massage therapy.
Regular exercise and healthier eating habits can help to cure the growing obesity problem. Unfortunately, eating healthier foods costs more and that is another issue. If people were given access to nutritionists and other specialists, perhaps procedures such as gastric bypass surgery would be a thing of the past. The diabetes rate would be lower and so would high blood pressure and heart problems.
In a perfect world, alternative therapy would be accepted as a healthier way to approach wellness and deal with sickness that can happen even in the healthiest people. An overhaul of the present system is way overdue but the problem is that too many people are experiencing side effects from the numerous prescription drugs they take and they cannot think clearly enough to fight back. For those of us who can think, try alternative therapy for what ails you or just to maintain good health. You will be pleasantly surprised at what these treatments can do for you.