Unit 23, Task 3, P5 M3 D2

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Case study – Eileen is a 68 year old pensioner who suffers with arthritis, her arthritis has been getting worse since she turned 65 and has tried everything within the orthodox health system to try and ease the condition but unfortunately nothing has been successful in helping her and is still suffering from persistent pain. Prescribed medication has been tried to see if that would help Eileen’s condition but she claims to experience awful side effects and would rather not take any medication, because of the side effects Eileen has been experiencing they have started to make Eileen feel overly stressed for no real reason, due to this Eileen has been considering a couple of different complementary therapies which have been recommended by…show more content…
The two therapies that Eileen has been researching and considering are acupuncture and osteopathy. * Acupuncture is said to help relieve pain by either diverting or changing the painful sensations that are sent to the brain to then alert you to the pain within the body. (Arthritis Research UK) * Osteopathy is also said to help relieve pain that individuals experience for a number of different reasons, this is done by improving mobility and reducing inflammation by using gentle, manual osteopathic techniques. (Hoddesdon osteopathic & sports injury clinic , 2016) http://www.lookhealthy.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/treatment-for-arthritis1.jpg http://www.lookhealthy.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/treatment-for-arthritis1.jpg P5 – explain the advantages and disadvantages of complementary therapies in maintaining health and wellbeing Advantages Both acupuncture and osteopathy provide the same types of advantages as each other. Both complementary therapies reduce pain which is one of the main symptoms of arthritis so by being able to reduce the amount of pain arthritis causes it will make everyday life a lot easier for Eileen and she will find it really beneficial. Osteopathy also increases the range of motion and movement within Eileen’s joints which will also help the condition as it will make it easier and

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