Alternative therapies and medicine

I’m fascinated by this article about alternative therapies. While the Social Security administration doesn’t put much credence in alternative therapies, this article shows how the medical community is beginning to embrace alternative therapies.

These statistics are fascinating:

At Regional’s three-year-old Center for Health and Healing, clients attend an eight-week mind-body program to learn proper breathing, meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, self-hypnosis and more to reduce stress, fatigue and pain and improve sleep and mood, says manager Hunter Mahon. And three-quarters of those who have attended reported a benefit, she says.
Nearly 100 Michelin employees have gone through the program, said Jim West, manager of employee life services for the company, which contracts with Regional to provide the service. And as reported by the employees, anger and hostility were down 54 percent, depression and anxiety were reduced by 45 percent, and fatigue had declined by 33 percent, he says.

I do think there is a valid role of alternative therapy in testimony. I usually ask claimants “what other things do you do to manage your pain?” Most respond with heating pads, hot showers, ice packs, etc. I don’t see a downside to answering that you get a massage, do yoga or practice meditation and deep breathing exercises. It shows a commitment to trying to find a pain free life.

Alternative medical treatment that is doctor prescribed will be more helpful in your case. Social Security prefers hard medical evidence. Unfortunately, they don’t give much weight to chiropractic care or other forms of alternative medicine. If your doctor prescribes it and you follow through, that will help your case more.

I recently had a client that had done a lot of research and was self treating with herbs and supplements. Not only can that be dangerous, it will not be persuasive to the judge.

The best course of action is to talk through these things with your lawyer and consider how to best present them at your hearing.

(This post and all posts on this blog are intended to generate thought and discussion and is not intended to be construed as legal advice. Please contact an attorney in your state for further assistance.)