Patients suffering from chronic illnesses seek out CAM services to satisfy a need not met by conventional medical practices or because they want to improve both their physical and emotional well-being (Featherstone and Hammick, 1999, Sharples et al., 2003, Mao et al., 2008, Scott et al., 2005).
My post-doctoral research at the University of Surrey reviewed the confidence and perceived skills of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners in providing care and symptom management for those clients post cancer therapy. It revealed the need for us to re-evaluate how we manage and support cancer survivors after they leave the secondary care platform. Almost two million people in the UK have experienced cancer and have survived; a number which is set to increase by an average of 3% per year. Cancer survivorship is improving as a direct result of better screening, better management and more complex treatment regimes, but a cancer diagnosis can mean coping with both physical and psychological symptoms after the end of active treatment.
This two-day workshop addresses pain as one of the late and long-term consequences . We will take a look at the causes of pain in Cancer Survivors, how surgery can change tissue integrity and what effect that has on pain and we will review ways in which we can support our clients in pain with reflexology through a combination of theory and practice.
To ensure you are able to apply these techniques in your clinical environment, at least 60% of the workshop will focus on practical skills.
During this workshop we will consider the pain associated with:
Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy
Radiation toxicity induced pain
Persistent post-surgical pain
Pain as a consequence of Hormonal Therapy
Fascial changes and tissue integrity
What we can do support clients in pain using a combination of reflexology techniques
All supporting materials are provided on the course and on completion you will receive a 'Certificate of Attendance'.
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Great workshop, very engaging, looking forward to learning more
In-depth knowledge, well shared – thought provoking. Thank you
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Course content was really thorough, very interesting, well researched and easy to understand
Enjoyed the workshop tremendously – it was challenging but rewarding.Amazing!
Lovely course well presented in a relaxed but structured way.
Drawing on the feet blew my mind away, in a great way.
Learnt so many new things, so interesting.
Excellent training, thank you.
Love how simple and well explained Carol made the day.Very interested in learning more.