Healing the whole person rather than treating a disease.
An integrative approach to care focuses on how the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements of a person are interconnected to improve and maintain health.
We encourage the use of these holistic approaches as a compliment to your treatment plan. We work closely with all of your providers to assure these offerings support your treatment and ultimately improve your quality of life.
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Aromatherapy encompasses the holistic practice of utilizing essential oils to support the health and wellbeing of the individual. It can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally aromatic essences from plant to balance, harmonize and promote the health of the body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.
More than just relaxation, massage therapy can actually improve your health. Our licensed massage therapists can help alleviate common side effects of chemotherapy and radiation such as neuropathy, fatigue and post-surgical muscle pain. Massage is also a great way to combat the emotional strains of cancer and its treatment.
Acupuncture is a traditional form of Chinese medicine in which thin needles are used to stimulate pressure points throughout the body. Medical acupuncture is used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. At the Nassif Community Cancer Center, that doctor is Dr. Nancy Lorenzini. Dr. Lorenzini practices anesthesiology with Linn County Anesthesiologists in Cedar Rapids. After completing her anesthesiology training she later began her medical acupuncture coursework with the Stanford-affiliated Helms Medical Institute. She is now a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. The procedure is safe and painless and has an extremely low risk of complications. Although medical acupuncture does not target tumors or prevent cancerous cells from spreading, it can be a beneficial part of a patient’s overall care.
Meditation is a mental exercise that helps you find relaxation, inner peace, and creativity as well as emotional and physical balance. It is not part of any religion. It is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. When you meditate, you are fully awake and alert, but your mind is not focused on the external world or on the events taking place around you. Meditation requires an inner state that is still and one-pointed so that the mind becomes silent. Once you learn the technique it can be done anywhere and anytime.
Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands or ears. By targeting different zones of the feet, deep relaxation and improved circulation may be noted in different zones and reflex Integrative Wellness areas throughout the body. Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain, anxiety and depression while enhancing sleep and relaxation. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer.
A technique for reducing stress and promoting healing. The practitioner’s hands are lightly positioned in areas on or near your clothed body. There is no massage of manipulation of tissue during Reiki. People that use Reiki indicate it reduces stress, improves sleep and appetite, decreases the need for pain medication and accelerates the healing process. It may also reduce the unwanted side effects of radiation and drugs, including chemotherapy.