I think they should be able to opt out of some things. Alternative treatments that don’t have any scientific evidence, for one.
Even then, I think people should have freedom of choice. A holistic dr who uses both is better than one who is completely alternative, in part because a holistic dr uses both scientifically proven methods and methods still needing tests to prove their efficacy and usefulness. However, if s/he used both at the same time, it would be difficult to prove the alternative was effective.
For example: My older son is studying to be a massage therapist and according to him massage is an effective treatment for premie babies. I did some research and it’s not so much the massage, but rather the human touch, which humans thrive on and even need, because we are born social animals. That in conjunction with scientifically proven treatments could be a boost for babies born premature. It won’t trigger lung development or alike, but it does give that social aspect that humans need from birth.
In sports injuries, massage allegedly stimulates blood flow to the injured area, thereby assisting in helping it heal and currently used for some people, with certain injuries, in conjunction with physical and rehabilitation/occupational therapy, as well as any medications the doctor Rx.
In his chosen field of study, massage therapy isn’t the only treatment patients are given, but it is combined with other treatments. Before any massage is given, he inquires about the person’s medical history and any meds they maybe on. If there is a potential for a clot, then massage therapy isn’t an option, from what I understood. Certain or recent neck injuries could also exclude them from massage therapy too.
I was skeptical at first, concerning his chosen field, but then I did some research, beyond the information the school gave out to students and their parents. Of course, when he started at age 20 (now 24) my hands were a bit tied to stop him, if I didn’t agree, but instead of arguing with him, I did research on massage therapy, even on massage therapy v a spa massage, which apparently are two different categories of massage.
My point is, some [alternative] treatments are therapeutic and in conjunction with proven methods, could lead to new viable treatments. I don’t think we should exclude all things that are considered “alternative”. Even allegedly proven physical and rehabilitation therapies aren’t necessarily good and medical professionals have been known to change their minds about certain OT and PT methods. Apparently, massage therapy is becoming a more acceptable course in conjunction with PT and OT and not just something for spas (which is a different kind of massage with a different course of study). Spa doesn’t have much by way of study of muscles and bones. Therapeutic massage studies muscles and bones.
Whatever the case, my son does give good massages, providing temporary relief, at least with muscles full of stress. I still have some skepticism, but I’m still researching it too. However, the field he is going into is not the end all and be all treatment for sports injury or any other injury patients or even for premature babies. There’s more to their treatment than that, but it seems to be receiving attention and is becoming part of the Tx within some patients OT and/or PT.