At Boulder Community Hospital, we understand that the best approach to treatment is to address the whole person. That is why we have embraced integrative therapy. In the spirit of treating the whole person, integrative therapy combines conventional and alternative healing systems to address the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of health and illness.
An ever increasing number of people are seeking integrative therapies. Most people who use integrative therapy combine it with more traditional conventional medicine because they believe the combination is superior to either individually.
Many of the integrative therapy approaches have their roots in Eastern cultures. Others have developed within the West, but outside what is considered to be the conventional culture of biomedicine that is predominant in our country.
These healing paradigms emphasize:
- respect for the human capacity to heal
- the importance of the relationship between the practioner and the client
- a team approach to patient care among practitioners
- the practice of conventional, complementary and alternative health care that is evidence-based
Comfort Care Massage is soothing relaxation massage administered by a BCH medical massage therapist. The use of essential oils, warm/hot therapeutic packs, and soft music are part of the massage. Comfort care massage often makes long hospital stays more bearable by reducing stress, and enhancing the clinical treatments of physical and occupational therapies. Massage increases the circulation of blood and lymph flow.
Reflexology Foot Massage is provided by a BCH reflexology specialist. It helps the patient relax, reduces anxiety, and can be used during certain medical procedures to help the patient feel more comfortable. Reflexology is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hand and ears that correspond to the organs and systems of the body and that stimulation of these areas by pressure can affect the corresponding organ or system.
Acupuncture has been used for more than 5,000 years to treat a wide variety of diseases. Acupuncture needles are inserted into acupuncture points and manipulated to achieve specific results based on the individual's condition. This procedure helps the body restore internal balance and a healthy energy flow. It is often used to alleviate pain, reduce anxiety and bolster the immune system. Alternative methods of stimulating acupuncture points are available for patients who cannot tolerate needles or are not able to for medical reasons.
Mind/Body Psychotherapies are an emerging group of leading-edge therapies that can provide very effective relief from emotional distress and physical discomfort. Stress can occur in reaction to the medical condition or from the traumatic nature of how the injury or condition was acquired. This can cause the nervous system to become upset and work as a barrier to effective healing. Mind/body psychotherapies help to calm the autonomic nervous system, and reduce distress and pain that can hamper the healing process.
Guided Imagery uses the imagination to evoke a rich, multi-sensory experience. This results in a deeply immersive, receptive mind-state that is ideal for reducing stress and physical discomfort.
Pilates is a form of whole body conditioning that aims to improve the fluidity and efficiency of a person’s movements, to enhance overall body awareness and to prevent and rehabilitate injuries. Our Pilates practitioner is a physical therapist with extensive training in functional anatomy and biomechanics. This specialized knowledge allows her to identify movement patterns that can actually worsen an injury. Additionally, we can break down improper movement patterns and teach you new ways to move more efficiently and healthfully. Pilates improves abdominal and back muscle strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, posture, body alignment and body awareness.
Contact us at (303) 441-2120 for more information on integrative therapy and wellness services or to schedule an appointment.
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