Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Because Rett syndrome is a severe and incurable disorder, parents understandably search for treatments that will improve their child's symptoms and quality of life. Examples of alternative or complementary therapies that have been tried in children with Rett syndrome include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Myofascial release, a massage therapy that helps loosen stiff muscles and joints
  • Yoga
  • Animal-assisted therapy, such as using therapy dogs
  • Auditory integration training, which uses certain sound frequencies to treat speech and language problems
  • Music therapy
  • Hydrotherapy, which involves swimming or moving in water

There's not much evidence that these approaches are effective, though some parents who have used them report good results. If you think one (or more) of these therapies might help your child, ask your treatment provider about the possible benefits and how the approach might fit into the medical treatment plan.

Oct. 04, 2012