Incorporating spirituality into occupational therapy practice occupational therapy as a means to wellness for the elderly by providing information about these topics and more complementary therapies in geriatric practice will help you expand the possibilities of your geriatric rehabilitation practice and bring about more positive outcomes . Complementary therapy is known by many different terms including complementary medicine alternative therapy alternative medicine holistic therapy and traditional medicine a wide range of treatments exists under the umbrella term complementary therapy which makes it difficult to offer a . The elderly are more prone to suffer from chronic pain which affects about 25 50 of community dwelling seniors interfering with their ability to function normally several cam therapies including manipulative and body based practices chiropractic and massage therapy and mind body medicine are useful in managing pain in older adults. Herbal therapy is known to be one of the most frequently used a form of complementary medicine used in the us bruno ellis 2005 two national studies revealed that 121 and 96 of the us population used a form of herbal therapy in the previous year eisenberg davis ettner appel wilkey van rompay et al 1998 herbal remedies. The use of complementary therapies over the past decade the use of complementary therapies has become more popular there has been a significant increase in the use of complementary therapies since 1990 and nearly 40 of older adults have used some form of complementary therapy
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