Complementary therapy

Complementary therapy treatments are known as holistic as they aim to treat the whole body and not just one part. Although these treatments may not offer a complete cure, they can help to alleviate the symptoms and may help you to cope better on a day-to-day basis.

In the UK, one fifth of adults are estimated to have used some form of complementary therapy. There are a number of different treatments available including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, osteopathy, reflexology and yoga. Often these are only available at private clinics or with private therapists, but more and more are becoming available on the NHS.

Choosing the therapy that’s right for you

Each therapy has its own method of treatment and you should consider which one/s will work best for you. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the therapy before you embark on it. Only try one new therapy at a time and give it time to have an effect. If you find it’s not working for you then look at changing to a different treatment.

It is important that you inform your GP/health professional about any new treatment you are going to undertake. You can use complementary therapies alongside conventional medicine, but do make sure you talk to the therapist about your Ménière’s disease and any medication which you are taking before you start. Some complementary therapy treatments may be available on the NHS.

Before trying a new therapy you should find out as much as possible about the treatment and the practitioner such as the qualifications, experience and reputation of the therapist/practice, what happens during the treatment, who the therapy is suitable for, advantages and disadvantages of the treatment and the cost.

Below is a list of some of the types of complementary therapy treatments available. The list is not exhaustive and the information provided is intended purely as an overview. Anyone wishing to undertake a new complementary therapy should seek further information. The Ménière’s Society does not recommend a particular treatment or therapy. Where links are provided please note these link to external sites and are not representative of the views of the Ménière’s Society.

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