Integrative Care serves as a complementary addition to healthcare, and does not attempt to act as a replacement for physicians, nurses or specialists. It offers caring touch, guided breathing, relaxing music, creative expression, compassionate listening and quiet companionship. Integrative techniques can calm the senses and stimulate endorphins - resulting in reduced stress, clearer minds, relieved sense of pain & restored energy. integrative Care can contribute to many aspects of health, including:
• Pain and Nausea Alleviation
• Pre- and Post-Surgical Anxiety Reduction
• Acceleration of Healing
• Immune Function
• Blood Pressure Regulation
• Regulation of Heartbeat & Respiration
• Circulation Improvement
• Promotion of Movement & Physical Rehab
• Headache Relief
• Muscle Tension Release
• Fatigue Recuperation
• Stress Reduction
• Deep Relaxation
• Improvement in Sleep Patterns & Quality
• Raise Levels of Energy & Vitality
• Encourage Communication & Expression
• Enhance Mental Focus and Clarity
• Provide an Outlet for Emotions
• Spiritual and Emotional Healing
• Feelings of Peace, Security & Optimism
Reiki is based on the concept that energy flows around us and through us nourishing our entire bodies. Stress, injury and illness can interrupt this flow of energy, affecting a person’s body, mind, emotions and spirit. Reiki Practitioners guide this energy to the recipient, awakening the body’s own innate healing abilities. Reiki uses light touch and energetic intervention to provide a relaxing, safe, effective tool for stress reduction and pain management. Every session is individualized, and provides a unique experience.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed 35 years ago by Dr. Jon-Kabat Zinn, a molecular biologist, to help patients at the University of Masachusetts Medical Center who's ailments had not responded to traditional medical treatments and medications. The results were extraordinary and the 8-week program was soon widely known and accepted. MBSR brings together mindfulness, meditation and yoga. it is a form of meditation designed to develop the skill of paying attention to our inner and outer experiences with acceptance, patience, and compassion. *Please note there are fees associated with this program.
MusiCaregiving is used at Winchester Medical Center as an enhancement to the healing and transitioning processes. Certified Therapeutic Musicians provide live therapeutic music, which promotes a peaceful, healing environment. This type of therapeutic music does not require patient participation, and can even be beneficial to an unconscious, sleeping, or comatose patient. Our volunteers are trained musicians who generously give their time and talents to our patients. MusiCaregiving may be offered to individuals at the bedside, or to friends and families in waiting areas and lobbies.
Board Certified Music Therapists assess an individual’s strengths and needs, and provide music experiences to promote healing and enhance quality of life. Music Therapy has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, pain, and nausea. It provides emotional support and a creative outlet for those emotions. It also helps to facilitate movement and increase motivation. Some Music Therapy Interventions may include active music-making, singing, listening, songwriting, and music-assisted relaxation.
Art therapy allows one to engage their innate creative energies. When words alone are not sufficient to express emotions, expressive art-making provides an outlet. Engaging in the creative process promotes self-expression, and may reduce stress and foster feelings of well-being. It is both restorative and relaxing. Difficult thoughts and emotions can be transformed into an unexpected work of art. No artistic ability is required - the process of making and creating art is emphasized and explored in a supportive, open setting at Winchester Medical Center.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Since 1995, Winchester Medical Center's AAT certified volunteers and companion animals have provided appropriate and compassionate service in multiple hospital and rehab settings. Extensive studies and research continue to support the positive effects of involving AAT teams in patient care. Animals are not judgmental no matter the impairment. They help improve self-esteem; relieve stress and anxiety; and lower blood pressure. Plus, playing fetch with an enthusiastic dog motivates patients to engage in therapeutic activities.
How can I request Integrative Care Services?
While staying at the hospital, you or your family member/caregiver may request free Integrative Care Services by simply asking your nurse or physician to contact our Program Coordinator.
While you are home or staying outside of the hospital, you may call Chaplaincy Services at 540-536-8181 to reserve a spot at one of our free group Reiki sessions (offered monthly at the Wellness Center), or contact our Program Coordinator to learn more about the many different Integrative Care Services offered by practitioners and businesses throughout our community.
April Adams, Integrative Care Program Coordinator
540.536.4126 • firstname.lastname@example.org