Its use alongside conventional medicine and treatments can help ease symptoms of stress and anxiety, for the purpose of supporting relaxation and wellbeing. In addition, these therapies and treatments can help with the management of specific issues such as symptom control of fatigue, breathlessness, nausea, and pain.
At St Helena, complementary therapies are considered an integral part of the holistic care of the patient. Complementary therapies specifically play an important role in supporting patients, families and carers who are facing anxiety and worry because of their illness and diagnosis.
These non-invasive, holistic practices do not replace the medical, social, or spiritual care of the hospice teams. Rather, they work with the total care given, improving a real sense of wellbeing, comfort and support. This service is available to our St Helena patients, their family/carers and those who are supported by our bereavement team.
The complementary therapies are provided by a team of fully qualified professional volunteer therapists, who have met the strict prerequisites to provide therapies at St Helena - you can be reassured you are in safe hands.
Once a referral is received, an initial assessment will be made by our qualified and experienced complementary therapy team lead, and the most appropriate treatments will be discussed and offered, and tailor-made for your individual needs.
If you'd like to refer yourself or make a referral on behalf of somebody else please speak to your appointed clinical nurse specialist or support worker/care coordinator or call SinglePoint on 01206 890 360.
Complementary therapies aim to:
Full details of the complementary therapies we offer can be found in our complementary therapies leaflet.
One of the relaxing therapies we provide is known as the 'M' technique® which can be easily learned and carried out at home by a friend of family member. The ‘M’ technique® is a simple method of structured touch. Each movement and sequence is carried out in a set pattern at a set pressure and speed, which never change. Learn how to massage using the 'M' technique® at home with the help of our step-by-step leaflet or watch our ‘M’ technique® video which demonstrates this therapeutic technique in easy-to-follow stages.
Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage
Self-soothing in a tube - an insight into the delevlopment and use of aromasticks
A champion of CAM - Professor George Lewith talks about the relationship of complementary medicine with conventional medicine
Bridging the gap - Liz Hawkins and Marie Polley discuss some of the main principles of supporting clients with cancer using complementary therapies
Holistic - 'M' Technique - Jane Buckle talks about a technique she developed to help critically ill people
Reflexology and pain management - Carol Samuel, PhD, FFHT, discusses refl exology in the management of pain
Stress reflex - Carol Samuel, PHD, FFHT, examines the link between stress and pain and looks at how reflexology can help
Massage: cancer care
Cancer and trauma: how therapies can help
IHM: palliative care
MND: supporting MND with complementary therapies
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