Since 1990, there has been a significant increase in the adoption of complementary and alternative medicines for several reasons. They include:
- General Practitioners are getting squeezed finding it harder and harder to devote time to their patients.
- Conventional healthcare has become more impersonal.
- Patients are concerned about the increasing use of powerful drugs, like opioids, so they want alternatives.
- Some conditions such as asthma, arthritis or back pain do not respond satisfactorily to conventional treatment but do when treated holistically,
- Patients are becoming aware and therefore more willing to try alternative therapies.
- Practitioners of complementary medicines are being trained to provide holistic therapies on a professional level.
- The standard medical profession is acknowledging the benefit of conventional and complementary treatments and promoting them to patients.
The number of complementary therapists has grown over the years making is easier for people to more easily access them. In response to the growth in demand, several universities have began offering degrees in complementary therapies, where the five most common therapies are:
- … as well as Reflexology which is growing in popularity too as people experience the benefits!
Many complementary therapists have been pushing for tighter regulation. This would go a long away to reassure both potential clients and medical practitioners that holistic practitioners have received proper training that meets a certain standard and follow a code of practice.
The demand for reflexology is remaining strong despite the fluctuations in the economy and the stagnation of people’s wages. To keep abreast of what’s happening in the emerging world of reflexology, consider checking-out the For the Public section on the Reflexology Association of Canada’s website.