What happens to patients at Kairos?
The initial medical assessment takes about an hour. The doctor concentrates particularly on identifying past trauma and illnesses as well as personal achievements, aspirations, desires, attitudes, capacities, constitutional strengths and weaknesses. A broader diagnosis is needed which can offer a new perspective on the situation; then follow suggestions as to how the therapy team might take up the various tasks and what might be expected. The patient is invited think it over and to consider ‘opting in’.
Follow up appointments with the doctor are done in 30 min slots.
At present we have two anthroposophic[i] therapy options, rhythmical massage and eurythmy (gentle movement). They have the capacity to restore two essential initial requirements, warmth and sleep. It is then possible to begin to reduce some of the burden of other symptoms restoring sufficient new energy, mobility and trust for the person to want to proceed. Both therapies are usually acceptable because they don’t cause pain.
A therapy session lasts 20-30 minutes followed by a rest. Regular attendance over 7-8 weekly sessions forms a block which may be followed by the next therapy or a rest period. Intervals between therapies usually increase according to improvement.
Natural medicines are prescribed by the doctor alongside conventional medicines. They include mineral, plant and animal substances and can be useful when usual medications are not controlling symptoms or causing inacceptable side effects.
[i] Kienle et al. Global Adv Health Med. 2013; 2:20-31.
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