Integrative therapies

In addition to top-quality medical care, your health care team hopes to enhance recovery, reduce pain and provide a nurturing hospital experience through a variety of mind-body practices. These practices, called integrative therapies, are offered at no additional cost to patients and families. Ask your health care team what is appropriate and available for you. Following is a list of available therapies:

Animal-assisted therapy

Spending time with pets enriches our lives. Pals On Paws is a volunteer program provided by well-trained individuals, which brings registered animal-assisted therapy dogs to help motivate patients and enhance treatment. These therapy dogs visit patients throughout the hospital to assist in decreasing stress and anxiety, promote therapeutic experiences and overall healing. All teams are registered with Pet Partners (formerly known as Delta Society). Learn more about therapy dogs by visiting the Pet Partners website.

Healing Touch

Healing Touch is an energy therapy in which health care providers consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Healing Touch is an energy-based approach to health and healing. Healing Touch uses the gift of touch to influence the human energy system, specifically the energy field that surrounds the body and the energy centers that control the flow from the energy field to the physical body. The goal of Healing Touch is to restore balance and strengthen the body to heal.

Reiki therapy

Reiki is a healing practice that originated in Japan. Reiki practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above the person receiving treatment, with the goal of facilitating the person's own healing response.

Massage therapy

Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, stress and to promote health and wellness.

Yoga therapy

Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of yoga. A yoga therapist is trained to adapt the practice of yoga to the needs of people with specific or persistent health problems. The goal of yoga is to create a balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility.

Music therapy

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy interventions can be designed to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication and promote physical rehabilitation. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of health care and educational settings.

Art therapy

For therapists interested in volunteering to provide these services to our patients and families, please contact the Volunteer Office at 252-847-4491.

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