Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

A few examples of complementary therapies that have been tried in children with Rett syndrome include:

  • Music therapy
  • Hydrotherapy, which involves swimming or moving in water
  • Animal-assisted therapy, such as using therapy dogs or therapeutic horseback riding

Although there's not much evidence that these approaches are effective, some parents who have used them report good results.

If you think alternative or complementary therapies might help your child, talk to your doctor or therapist about the possible benefits and risks, and how the approach might fit into the medical treatment plan.

Sept. 17, 2015