What is Integrative Health?
Integrative health combines alternative medicine with traditional medicine.
It treats the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. Integrative health
focuses on wellness and health and acknowledges a person’s lifestyle
as well as their environment. It emphasizes a strong patient-provider
Atlantic General Hospital’s Integrative Health Program allows for
a more personalized experience for the patient. You can have a more active
role in your care by being able to choose which services you want.
For more information, call 410-629-6520.
Is integrative health care right for me?
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therapy, healing music, and relaxation tv channel
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Acupuncture: Insertion of extremely thin needles through skin at strategic points to
balance oxygen and blood believed to flow through pathways (meridians)
in the body. Benefits include increased blood flow, reduced pain, improved
digestion and reduced nausea after surgery.
Animal Assisted Therapy: Therapy that involves animals in order to improve a patient’s social,
emotional, or cognitive functioning. Benefits include lower stress and
blood pressure, and better social function and impulse control.
Aroma Therapy: The practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark,
stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological
and physical well-being. It is used for a variety of applications, including
pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.
Creative Writing/Journaling: Expressive therapy that involves writing one’s feelings to help
patients deal with mental and physical illnesses. It has been shown to
help patients understand, manage, and deal with their pain. Benefits include
decreased stress and anxiety.
Massage: Application of soft tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally
intended to reduce stress and fatigue and improve circulation. Benefits
also include improved sleep and pain management.
Music Therapy: the use of music and musical elements to promote, maintain, and restore
mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
Meditation/Guided Imagery: A practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness
by a number of techniques designed to promote relaxation. Benefits include
decreased stress, improved digestion, lowered blood pressure and decreased anxiety.
Osteopathic Manual Therapy (OMT): Osteopaths believe the body functions as a whole. Abnormal functioning
in one area of the body can cause symptoms elsewhere in the body. OMT
uses soft tissue and cranial-sacral (head) manipulation to restore proper
movement and improve the function of the body’s bones, organs and
fluids, in turn, reducing symptoms and improving overall health.
Nutrition Counseling: Review of diet and nutrition status and recommendations for changes to
be made, understanding the role of diet and nutrition in overall health.
Benefits include increased education and awareness of nutrition, and healthier
Reflexology: Application of pressure to hands, feet, and head based on the theory
that reflex points on these areas are linked to every part of the body.
Benefits include anxiety and pain reduction, nerve stimulation, and increased
energy and circulation.
Reiki: A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel
energy into and out of the patient by means of touch. Benefits include
decreased anxiety, improved sleep, decreased pain, and increased mobility
Sound Therapy: An ancient healing modality using musical vibrational instruments such
as crystal and Himalayan Bowl, drums, bells and voice. Benefits include
deep relaxation, reduction of chronic pain and inflammation, and can lower
blood pressure and heart rate.
Tai Chi: A martial art form of meditative exercise also known as “meditation
in motion” characterized by slow circular and stretching movements
and positions of bodily balance. Benefits include increased strength,
flexibility, and balance, and decreased pain and anxiety.
Yoga: Physical, spiritual, and mental practice now used as an exercise and physical
therapy routine. Benefits include reduced stress and back pain, increased
flexibility, improved mood, and lower blood pressure and fatigue.
Is Integrative Health Care Right for Me?
Do you have any of the following conditions: allergies, addiction, arthritis,
asthma, pain, stress or anxiety, headaches, fatigue, or depression?
Do you want a more individualized treatment plan that is specific to your
wants and needs?If you answered yes to either of these questions, Integrative
Health services may be right for you. Our Integrative Health services
are available to anyone!
For more information, call 410-629-6520.