Traditional complementary and alternative medicinal treatments for children are widely used. However, some of these treatments may not be safe or effective and this leads to some research being done to develop new therapies and products. One of the more recent discoveries in this field is the potential use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Children who have developmental disabilities and problems with movement can benefit from this therapy. This therapy involves the use of powerful magnetic fields to stimulate parts of the brain and help improve functions.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation is based on the theory of magnetism and tingling sensations that can occur when there is a strong magnetic field near the body of a person. It has been found to reduce symptoms related to motor skills, speech development, attention span, memory and learning disabilities in patients who have been suffering from these conditions for years. As this type of therapy develops more scientific research is being done to determine how it will affect future health care needs. This emerging therapy is currently being used at a number of different hospitals, clinics and home health care settings.
There is some evidence that this alternative medicine may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Preliminary studies have shown that the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation may be able to provide important benefits to patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and to delay the progression of this disease. More research is needed to determine if this form of treatment can provide a meaningful contribution to the health care of children with Alzheimer’s.
There are many other conditions that can be found among children who are receiving therapy. Studies have shown that Therapy covered by insurance can be beneficial as it can lower the prevalence of some diseases such as Autism, Dementia, Asthma, Lupus and Tuberculosis. The medication prevalence is also found to be much lower in a pediatric setting because some drugs, such as certain antibiotics, are not covered. The medication prevalence is especially higher for gastrointestinal drugs and antidepressants among children. It is important to note that this has been found to be statistically significant, meaning there is evidence to indicate a difference in response to treatment.
Alternative medicine is also used in a lower population-based estimate of the health care costs of the American public. In this estimate, the use of massage therapy is found to reduce the prevalence of falls in both adults and children. Therapeutic massage is also found to be associated with lower incidences of spasms in children. Research on this alternative medicine has not been entirely conclusive. More research is needed to test its hypothesis that therapeutic massage can reduce the incidence of falls in this age group.
Finally, the cost of providing this treatment to a specific patient can vary greatly depending on the provider. It is important to note that the costs of this treatment are not covered by any previous surveys of health care facilities. In addition, most providers do not report their costs to the government or private insurance companies, nor do they bill insurance companies directly for these services. Therefore, it is impossible to provide an overall population-based estimate of this cost. However, if a provider chooses not to provide therapeutic massage to patients, it can result in higher costs because of potential losses from out-of-pocket payments by the patient and/or family. In addition, providers must take into account the possible losses from malpractice suits that occur more frequently in children than in other populations.