From acupuncture to aromatherapy, reflexology to reiki, complementary therapies are growing ever more popular. But how do you know you can trust the practitioner who is treating you?
Unless you receive your treatment from a doctor or other regulated professional, you are most likely to be treated by someone who isn’t regulated by law. What does that mean? In simple terms, it means you have no idea exactly who is treating you (or how qualified they are) unless you do your own research. In the UK, it’s legal to offer complementary therapies without any training or qualifications. Sounds crazy? Well, that’s where the Accredited Registers programme can help you out. Search for Practitioners >
Accredited Registers are there to help you choose from a list of practitioners who have been thoroughly vetted. What’s more, everyone on one of the registers must:
- Sign up to a code of ethics/conduct
- Be insured to practise
- Have appropriate training and qualifications for the treatments they offer
- Demonstrate that they are continually learning and updating their skills and knowledge (also known as CPD)
8 ways to be sure you’re in safe hands: