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Integrative Medicine | Hartford Hospital

Posted: July 8, 2016 at 7:13 am

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The Integrative Medicine Department is now a division of the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. Acupuncture, ART for Healing, Guided Imagery, Massage Therapy and Reiki are offered hospital-wide to inpatients as well as outpatients at the Cancer Centers in Hartford and Avon, Outpatient Dialysis, and Post Operative Day Surgery.

Integrating Ancient Wisdom with High-Tech Medicine Recent surveys show that more than half of all Americans use some form of complementary or alternative therapy. Research has shown that techniques such as Acupuncture, ART for Healing, Guided Imagery, Massage Therapy, and Reiki help to decrease anxiety, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain and accelerate healing. These modalities and many more are available at Hartford Hospital.

Integrative Medicine at Hartford Hospital offers time proven relaxing and healing techniques along with the very latest medical technology!

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Recent surveys show that more than half of all Americans use some form of complementary or alternative therapy to enhance their healing or maintain their health.

Research has shown that relaxation techniques such as Acupuncture, ART for Healing, Guided Imagery, Imagery for Surgery, Massage Therapy, Therapeutic Touch, and Reiki help to decrease anxiety, strengthen the immune system, diminish pain, and accelerate healing.

While we often focus on the physical aspects of healing, we are learning that healing incorporates the mind, body, and spirit.

When mind-body techniques are used, benefits are often experienced on all three levels and there is often a greater sense of participating in the healing process.

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Why Choose Hartford Hospital? Since 1997 Hartford Hospital has been translating a new philosophy that integrates complementary therapies into Western medical practice to improve care and healing.

A Simple, Yet Strong Beginning Beginning with our Womens Health Services, which offers Reiki, Infant Massage, and Guided Imagery, the hospitals commitment to Integrative Medicine has grown rapidly. The Integrative Medicine Program was officially launched in1999 through a series of projects in Cardiology, Orthopedics, and Oncology by extending the Womens Health Services to patients, families and staff. Careful data collection measured overwhelming positive outcomes in pain reduction, anxiety relief, and patient satisfaction.

As we moved into a new millennium, we began offering community education programs to the public while our first Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds began to provide education to the medical community. In subsequent years ART For Healing, Acupuncture, Therapeutic Touch, Tai Chi and Yoga were added.

Education is Critical Building on the knowledge that education was key to the growth and success of this program, a special collection of books, audio and videotapes was added to the hospitals Medical Library. This collection is available for use by the public, hospital and affiliated staff.

A Bright Future The program recently celebrated its 7th anniversary and continues to grow and expand its services. The Integrative Medicine Department is committed to embracing the healthcare needs of Hartford Hospital as well as the community it serves.

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