Once you've talked with your health care provider and decided a complementary therapy may be right for you, the next step is finding a practitioner who specializes in the therapy.
The best place to start a search is with your health care provider. He/she may be able to refer you to a complementary therapy practitioner in your area.
Physicians and other providers (such as nurses, physical therapists and psychologists) can offer many complementary therapies. For example, physical therapists may offer massage therapy and nurses may use reiki and therapeutic touch.
Finding a licensed complementary therapy practitioner is also a good step. While a license doesn't guarantee good, safe care, it does mean a practitioner has passed licensing requirements in his/her field. The websites below can be used to check the licensing status of many complementary therapy practitioners:
Before getting any treatments, it's a good idea to have a brief meeting with a complementary therapy practitioner, whether licensed or not. At this meeting, you should discuss:
If you are not impressed by what you hear, or feel things just didn't seem quite right, do what you'd do in a similar situation in life—go somewhere else. Don't settle for a practitioner just because you've taken the time and effort to find and meet with her/him. Keep looking until you find one that is right for you.
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