"We touch lives."
Long before people associated hospitals with health care and healing, ancient cultures focused on the energy of life forces and the spirit within to heal the sick. The integration of ancient and contemporary medicine acknowledges that the body, mind, and spirit work together in the healing process. Integrative means blending together…holistic with tradition, high touch with high technology, healing with caring. It's all about caring.
Some current offerings:
Therapeutic Massage: Touch therapy that promotes relaxation and comfort. Community members and hospital staff may enjoy a massage by calling (603) 740-2671 to arrange an appointment. Bedside massage is available for hospitalized patients with the written permission of their physician.
Reiki (pronounced "ray-key"): Gentle therapy that provides deep relaxation and often evokes a sense of peace and well-being. Reiki treatments for patients in the hospital take about 15 minutes, are offered at no cost, and are most frequently requested before or after surgery.
Sail Through Surgery: A self-study guide to assist patients in preparing for their surgery. Medical studies show that patients who prepare for surgery have less pain, fewer complications, and leave the hospital and recover sooner. This program uses CDs containing healing imagery, affirmations, and relaxing music. The program guide and CDs are available from your surgeon or from WDH.
Pet Visitation Program: Hospital Volunteers and their certified therapy dogs visit patient care areas on a regular schedule.
Acupuncture: An ancient Chinese medicine modality now known to benefit a wide range of medical conditions. Several WDH physicians have received additional training in acupuncture. You may make your own appointment or your care doctor may make a referral.
Mind-Body Courses: Recommended for people interested in staying healthy and those experiencing life transitions: work stress, menopause, divorce or separation, cancer, retirement, and chronic illness. Participants learn and practice such mind-body techniques as biofeedback, meditation, relaxation, and guided imagery.
For information about Integrative Wellness Services please call the program manager at (603) 740-2649. Brochures are available.
The Bridge Journal: For Evidence-Based Integration of Medicine and Healing:
Beginning Oct. 1, 2012, Continuing Education Credits are provided with each Journal edition. Instructions for earning the credits are included in each issue starting with the Oct. 1, 2012 Bridge Journal. There are no credits for issues prior to this date.
January, 2013 - Reiki [pdf]
October, 2012 - Mind/Body Medicine [pdf]
April, 2012 - Tai Chi [pdf]
January, 2012 - Therapeutic Music[pdf]
October, 2011 - Compassion and Spiritual Care [pdf]
July, 2011 - It's about the relationship [pdf]
April, 2011 - Massage [pdf]
January, 2011 - Back Pain [pdf]
November, 2010 - Headache: Case Stude [pdf]
August, 2010 - Integrative Approach to Headache [pdf]
April, 2010 - Optomizing Surgical Outcomes [pdf]
January, 2010 - Aromatherapy [pdf]
October, 2009 - Probiotics [pdf]
July, 2009 - Mind/Body Medicine part 2, The Therapies [pdf]
April, 2009 - Mind/Body Medicine part 1, An Overview [pdf]
January, 2009 - Dietary Supplements: An Overview [pdf]
September, 2008 - Reiki [pdf]
July, 2008 - Acupuncture [pdf]
April, 2008 - Intro Issue/Medical Staff Survey Results [pdf]