A Comprehensive Approach to Cancer Care
There is now strong scientific evidence of a mind-body effect. Our thoughts and emotions do impact our neurological and immune systems. Examples of mind/body therapies include yoga, clinical hypnosis, meditation, guided imagery and support groups.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) includes meditation and light yoga. Many MBSR studies have been done, several at the University of Minnesota. Participants report reduced pain, anxiety and depression, improved sleep and overall improvement in mood and well-being. Visit www.csh.umn.edu; and click on Programs & Events for more MBSR information.
Acupuncture is used to prevent and reduce nausea and hot flashes. Some research has found improved fatigue and quality of life through its use. In addition, research has shown it is effective in pain management after surgery.
Massage Therapy can bring a feeling of well-being and relaxation to patients. Massage is also used to relieve pain and stiffness, increase mobility, rehabilitate injured muscles, and reduce the pain of headaches and backaches. In cancer patients, massage therapy and manual lymphatic drainage improve lymphedema; decreases stress, anxiety, depression, pain and fatigue; and improves sleep.
Health Coaching helps patients sort through the complex and sometimes confusing healthcare options. Health coaches empower patients to create their personalized healing plan. Health coaching is practiced from a holistic perspective that sees each person as intrinsically healthy, whole, wise, and the ultimate expert in her healing journey.
Many people diagnosed with cancer choose to explore integrative therapies and healing practices (also called complementary therapies) to improve their overall health and well-being and to manage symptoms associated with their cancer or treatment.
For more information on all of these modalities, please call our clinic at 612.273.5700.
Why Do People Use Integrative Therapies?
Integrative therapies are often used to promote health and well-being. In patients diagnosed with cancer, they are also used to help manage symptoms related to the diseases, the side effects of treatment, and the anxiety, stress and depression that may follow. For example, acupuncture has been found to be helpful in reducing nausea when people are receiving chemotherapy; and, stress reduction programs have been found to improve sleep quality. Integrative therapies are not substitutes for standard medical care, but in consultation with your care team, can be used to create a more holistic and comprehensive plan of care.