Complementary Therapy

Complementary Therapies are a range of treatments, which can be used to complement conventional medical and nursing treatments. They help to provide support in terms of symptom relief, increase a person’s well being and help to enhance quality of life. Complementary therapies however, do not offer a cure and should not be regarded as an alternative to treatment prescribed by the GP or Hospital Consultant.
 
The hospice therapist has undergone extensive training and is highly experienced in palliative care.   She works closely with the other professionals in the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that each individual patient is offered the best possible package of care. A referral for complementary therapy is made with the patient’s consent, by the key worker who assesses that it would be appropriate. The treatments can be carried out in the patient’s own home, within a hospital or at the Hospice.
 
Massage is a gentle therapeutic, rhythmic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. It can relieve tension stiffness and induce a state of relaxation through the release of pleasure hormones in the body known as endorphins. Essential oils can be used to enhance its therapeutic benefits. The experience of ‘touch’ is recognised as being reassuring and soothing and can also be beneficial in the treatment of pain, swelling and sleeplessness. 
 
Aromatherapy is an ancient therapy which makes use of essential oils to create balance and harmony between body, mind and spirit. Essential oils are highly concentrated essences obtained from herbs, flowers, trees and fruits. The body absorbs these oils through gentle massage. Aromatherapy can be particularly helpful in improving a poor sleep pattern, reducing symptoms of pain, stress and anxiety and in promoting relaxation.
 
Reflexology is based on the belief that the organs of the body are mirrored through reflexes in the hands and feet. By applying gentle pressure with the thumb and fingers on these reflexes a related area of the body can be influenced. This can balance the body’s energy and promote well-being.