Therapy is the act of caring for someone, or the method of caring. If you have a rare disease, your doctor's therapy will hopefully cure you.

Therapy comes from the Greek θεραπεία, for "healing." If someone tells you she's "in therapy," she's probably talking about a psychological kind of healing. But if she's getting physical therapy, then she's getting help with a bone or muscle problem. If someone suggests an experimental therapy, that's a mode of treatment that's new. Sometimes if something non-medical makes you feel better, we call it a kind of therapy. You might like chocolate therapy, for example.

Definitions of therapy
  1. noun
    (medicine) the act of caring for someone (as by medication or remedial training etc.)
    “heat therapy gave the best relief”
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    the therapeutic use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils in baths or massage
    the use of chemical agents to treat or control disease (or mental illness)
    treatment of a specific defect
    electric healing, electrical healing, electrotherapy, galvanism
    the therapeutic application of electricity to the body (as in the treatment of various forms of paralysis)
    heliotherapy, insolation
    therapeutic exposure to sunlight
    HRT, hormone replacement therapy, hormone-replacement therapy
    hormones (estrogen and progestin) are given to postmenopausal women; believed to protect them from heart disease and osteoporosis
    therapy designed to produce immunity to a disease or to enhance resistance by the immune system
    infrared therapy
    the use of infrared radiation (as by infrared lamps or heating pads or hot water bottles) to relieve pain and increase circulation to a particular area of the body
    inflation therapy
    therapy in which water or oxygen or a drug is introduced into the respiratory tract with inhaled air
    EMDA, electromotive drug administration, ionic medication, iontophoresis, iontotherapy
    therapy that uses a local electric current to introduce the ions of a medicine into the tissues
    the act of treating with medicines or remedies
    megavitamin therapy
    therapy based on a theory that taking very large doses of vitamins will prevent or cure physical or psychological disorders
    occupational therapy
    therapy based on engagement in meaningful activities of daily life, especially to enable or encourage participation in such activities in spite of impairments or limitations in physical or mental functions
    physiatrics, physical therapy, physiotherapy
    therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities
    botanical medicine, herbal therapy, phytotherapy
    the use of plants or plant extracts for medicinal purposes (especially plants that are not part of the normal diet)
    the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means
    actinotherapy, irradiation, radiation, radiation therapy, radiotherapy
    (medicine) the treatment of disease (especially cancer) by exposure to a radioactive substance
    shock therapy, shock treatment
    treatment of certain psychotic states by the administration of shocks that are followed by convulsions
    speech therapy
    any therapy intended to correct a disorder of speech
    deliberately lowering the body's temperature for therapeutic purposes
    the use of heat to treat a disease or disorder; heating pads or hot compresses or hot-water bottles are used to promote circulation in peripheral vascular disease or to relax tense muscles
    thrombolytic therapy
    therapy consisting of the administration of a pharmacological agent to cause thrombolysis of an abnormal blood clot
    medication with antipyretics to treat a fever
    administration, giving medication
    the act of administering medication
    fusion, spinal fusion
    correction of an unstable part of the spine by joining two or more vertebrae; usually done surgically but sometimes done by traction or immobilization
    the treatment of physical disabilities by massage and electrotherapy and exercises
    behavior modification, behavior therapy
    psychotherapy that seeks to extinguish or inhibit abnormal or maladaptive behavior by reinforcing desired behavior and extinguishing undesired behavior
    client-centered therapy
    a method of psychotherapy developed by Carl Rogers in which the client determines the focus and pace of each session
    crisis intervention
    psychotherapy that focuses on acute critical situations (depressive episodes or attempted suicides or drug overdoses) with the aim of restoring the person to the level of functioning before the crisis
    group psychotherapy, group therapy
    psychotherapy in which a small group of individuals meet with a therapist; interactions among the members are considered to be therapeutic
    the use of hypnosis in psychotherapy
    play therapy
    form of psychotherapy for children that uses play situations for diagnosis or treatment
    analysis, depth psychology, psychoanalysis
    a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud
    the application of psychotherapeutic principles to the analysis of your own personality
    the use of strong light to treat acne or hyperbilirubinemia of the newborn
    Curietherapy, radium therapy
    the use of radium in radiation therapy
    X-ray therapy
    the therapeutic use of X rays
    the use of chemicals containing gold for treating diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis)
    ECT, electroconvulsive therapy, electroshock, electroshock therapy
    the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and coma
    insulin shock, insulin shock therapy, insulin shock treatment
    the administration of sufficient insulin to induce convulsions and coma
    metrazol shock, metrazol shock therapy, metrazol shock treatment
    the administration of sufficient Metrazol to induce convulsions and coma
    type of:
    medical aid, medical care
    professional treatment for illness or injury
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