Cancer and Integrative Therapy

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Acupuncture

–Acupuncture, practiced around the world for thousands of years,is a safe and oft en effective medical treatment that can be used   side eff  from cancer.Over the last few decades, research has been conducted seeking to explain how acupuncture works and what it can and cannot treat.Researchers believe that stimulating specific acupuncture points causes the body to release chemicals that naturally stimulate thebody’s regulating systems improving the biochemical  promote well-being.  Conditions for which acupuncture is commonly used include:

• Nausea & Vomiting • Fatigue• Pain • Dry Mouth• Neuropathy • Bowel & Digestion Issues• Hot Flashes

Brief Relaxation Massages

– Take some time for yourself to experience a brief upper body massage for relaxation.Limited appointments available.

Safe Massage Techniques for the Cancer Patient

– Join Sat-Siri Sumler as she teaches participants the hands-on practice of gentle touch massage techniques. Learn how and when to use massage and the benefits of massage for patients with cancer.

Nutrition

– Whether you need help dealing with side eff  or simply want to maintain your health, we’ll talk about cancer, its treatments and optimal eating during this very important time. Learn about the special nutritional needs for cancer patients, information on organic foods,and more.

Movement Awareness Through Movement (Feldenkrais)

– Through movement, learn how you can improve your capacity to function in your daily life. Th is program is generously underwritten by Houston Endowment Foundation throughthe C. G. Jung Education Center.

Oncology Massage

Th e care of patients with cancer not only involves dealing with its symptoms but also the emotional impact as well. Massage therapy is often used to address patients need for human contact, and findings support the positive value of massage in cancer care. A number of reviews of scientific literature have attributed numerous positive effects to massage.  These include improving the quality of patients’ relaxation, sleep, and immune system responses and in the relief of their fatigue, pain, anxiety, and nausea. Services are by appointment for patients and their caregivers. We offer:• Inpatient Brief Relaxation bedside massage (limited availability)• Brief Relaxation chair massage (by appointment)• Oncology Massage available in ½ hour and hour   call (713) 794-4700 for cost, additional details or to schedule an appointment.

Music therapy

–is a clinical and evidence based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals. Music Therapists are board certified professional health care providers requiring a national examination and ongoing education.  Benefits of Music Therapy include: relaxation, creating calming environments, encouraging self expression, reducing stress, improving coping skills, and implementing protocols to improve cognitive, motor, communication and socialization skills. Inpatients and outpatients may self refer, or be referred by a healthcare professional to receive music therapy services.

Music Therapy can Help with Symptoms. For many people, music is a powerful tool that connects them to their emotions and unites them with others. That is why music can be an effective form of therapy. The use of music as a therapeutic tool in health and medicine dates back to ancient times. In modern Western medicine, music therapy has been available since the 1950s and is now often incorporated into conventional medicine care.  Music therapy is a common modality used in hospital settings as part of complementary and integrative medicine programs. It is also a key therapeutic tool used within most integrative medicine programs at large cancer centers around the nation. When used in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments, music therapy has been found to help patients promote a better quality of life; better communicate their fear, sadness, or other feelings; and better manage stress,while alleviating physical pain and discomfort. The Integrative Medicine Center provides music therapy for children and adult inpatients, outpatients and their families. Our board certified music therapists Michael Richardson, MT-BC and Ingrid Sevy, MTBC provide individual and group sessions, using passive listening or actively playing various musical instruments. No previous musical experience is required.

Please call (713) 794-4700 for additional details or to schedule an appointment.

Source: MDAnderson

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