Integrative Care Services in Winchester, VA
What is integrative care? This form of care is designed to complement your
medical treatment. It is not designed to replace care from your regular
doctors as well as other specialists and nurses. Instead, integrative
care facilitates your conventional treatment with techniques designed
to promote whole-patient wellness, including reduced stress, clarity of
mind, less pain, and more energy.
Integrative care at Winchester Medical Center includes a range of services:
- Soothing music
- Creative avenues of expression
- Caring touch
- Guided breathing exercises
What Can Integrative Care Accomplish?
Objectives and results of integrative care may include:
- Relieving chronic headaches
- Alleviating nausea
- Reducing pain
- Faster healing
- Regulating respiratory functions
- Regulating blood pressure
- Regulating heartbeat
- Better immune system function
- Reduced anxiety before and after surgery
- Lowering stress levels
- Improving circulation
- Promoting better physical rehabilitation / mobility
- Relieving muscle tension
- Increasing energy
- Improving mental clarity/ focus
- Improving emotional issues
- Improving self-expression and communicatory abilities
- Reducing fatigue
- Encouraging relaxation
- Better sleep patterns
- Emotional healing
- Increased optimism and sense of security and peace
Integrative Care Techniques
There are a wide range of techniques employed by our integrative care team
at Winchester Medical Center:
MusiCaregiving – We use therapeutic music in a live setting to facilitate peace
and healing for our patients. The musicians in our program volunteer their
time to provide the healing power of music to patients in need, as well
as their loved ones. We have found that MusiCaregiving benefits even unconscious
patients and patients in comas.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – A molecular biologist named Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. created MBSR as
an effective stress relief method for patients who did not respond to
conventional options and medications. MBSR is a widely respected program
lasting eight weeks that utilizes the core principles of mindfulness,
meditation, and the practice of yoga.
Reiki therapy – Reiki specialists believe the flow of energy in the body can be
interrupted by sickness, trauma, and anxiety. Practitioners use touch
and energy guidance to minimize stress and pain in unique, individual sessions.
Animal assisted therapy (AAT) – Animal assisted therapy is a valuable form of therapy backed by
a growing body of research. Our therapy animals provide companionship,
helping patients increase their self-esteem, lower anxiety, reduce stress,
and improve blood pressure levels. Our AAT program has been in operation
Music therapy – Our music therapists have board certifications. They offer therapeutic
services using music to lower stress, pain, nausea, and anxiety and to
offer an emotional outlet.
Art therapy – Art therapy at Winchester Medical Center gives patients a new voice
with which to express their feelings and a new tool to work out their
problems. Art therapy increases relaxation. This form of therapy is about
the act of expression and creation, not any former training or ability.
Learn More About Our Free Integrative Care
To learn more about our integrative care services offered at Winchester
Medical Center, contact April Adams at 540-536-4126.