Healing arts therapies
You deserve the best treatment possible — for mind, body and spirit. Woodwinds encourages you to complement your medical care with healing arts therapies. Also known as integrative therapies, complementary medicine or complementary therapies, these therapies help you heal and recover.
Members of our nursing staff practice a holistic model of care, recognizing the importance of body, mind and spirit in the healing process. Healing arts therapies are designed to enhance, not replace, traditional therapeutic measures such as pain medication, exercise and therapy.
Healing arts therapies available at Woodwinds include:
Acupuncture is a method of natural health care that is thought to help the body regain its flow of energy and energy balance. It may be used to strengthen your immune system and manage a variety of health conditions, including: pain, headache/migraine, morning sickness, post-surgical nausea, nausea after chemotherapy, respiratory problems, digestive discomfort or dysfunction, fatigue, insomnia, endocrine imbalance, stress or anxiety.
During acupuncture, fine, sterile needles are inserted at precise points on the body to redirect patterns of energy circulation. When the needles are inserted, the majority of patients feel no pain or minimal pain. After acupuncture, patients often experience a calming effect and an improved sense of well-being, in addition to getting relief for their symptoms.
Acupuncture is often used as a complementary medicine, used together with conventional medicine. At Woodwinds, acupuncture is administered by an experienced, licensed acupuncturist and it is offered through the Natural Care Center. Acupuncture is available on an outpatient basis and to hospital patients with a doctor's referral.
Acupressure combines the natural health care of acupuncture with massage therapy. By applying massaging pressure to the same points on the body acupuncture uses, acupressure redirects patterns of energy circulation to help you maintain health.
Acupressure can also help reduce nausea and pain. Acupressure bands are available to you to help treat nausea. These bands go on your wrist and have a small button to apply pressure to specific points between the two tendons on your arm.
Healing touch, Reiki and therapeutic touch are three common forms of energy-based therapies. These techniques are available to you to aid relaxation and support your natural healing process. Energy-based therapies have been used to help our patients reduce pain, decrease stress, lessen nausea, promote relaxation and facilitate sleep.
Essential oils are plant extracts that can restore balance to your body, primarily through the sense of smell. They can be used by breathing them in, adding them to your bath or applying them to your skin through massage oils. The scents trigger the area in the brain affecting mood, emotions, memory and learning.
The essential oils we use at Woodwinds come from organically grown plants and are specially blended by a certified aromatherapist. These oils are used for a variety of purposes, including reducing nausea, promoting comfort and supporting your healing process after surgery.
As a directed form of imagination, guided imagery can help support your healing process. Using your memories, dreams, inner perceptions and visions, and sometimes one or more of your senses, it connects the mind, body and spirit. Because guided imagery has been shown effective in reducing pain and anxiety, it’s often used to promote sleep and increase relaxation before surgery.
At Woodwinds, guided imagery is provided through an audio series called “Health Journeys.” The selections include affirmations, general wellness, meditation, easing pain, successful surgery, and other topics pertaining to specific medical conditions.
Each patient room at Woodwinds is equipped with a CD player so you can listen to healing music throughout the day. Each patient room and many procedure rooms have healing music specifically chosen to support your healing process.
During most mealtimes in the Woods Café, local musicians play music for our visitors, staff and patients to enjoy. Calming music is also played in the hallways.
Woodwinds also owns a Reverie harp and has it available for visiting volunteers to use. This small instrument produces beautiful, soothing harmonies, yet requires no skill to play. It is made by a Stillwater company.
Certified massage therapy helps to stimulate weak, inactive muscles and enhance the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
Learn more about the healing arts
Watch these videos about the healing arts at Woodwinds.
Supporting Your Healing Process
Supporting Your Healing Process showcases a variety of healing arts therapies available at Woodwinds.
Transforming Hospitals is part of a documentary produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Created through a partnership between Woodwinds and Northwestern Health Sciences University, the on-campus Natural Care Center offers you a team of health care providers working together to help you achieve good health. At the center, you can choose natural care therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic, healing touch, naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, natural products and Oriental medicine, and you can also purchase quality natural heath care products at the center.
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