Professor University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, Texas
Complementary and alternative therapies (CATs) have been used for treatment of many health conditions for years, and lately attracted more attention and popularity in media, community, and people in US and elsewhere. Early studies demonstrated that CATs have a substantive presence in healthcare and their use will likely continue to increase over the coming years. The purpose of this session is to present the basic principles, underlying mechanism and level of evidence of the most common CATs used for individuals with neurological disorders. This includes therapies such as Yoga, Feldenkrais, Pilates, Tai Chi, Alexander technique, Acupuncture, Cupping technique, Meditation, Hippotherapy, and Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy. Selected application of CATs will be presented using videos of individuals with neurological disorders.
Identify and discuss the basic principles of complementary and alternative therapies commonly used for individuals with neurological disorders
Identify the underlying mechanism and rationale for using each of those therapies
Identify the level of evidence supporting or not supporting each of those therapies
Make a decision on recommending or not recommending each of these therapies for different patient population based on the basic principles of each therapy and level of evidence supporting those therapies