Yes, the bypass was successful. The chemotherapy worked. The kidney was a perfect match. Does this mean that your job is over?
Modern medicine is truly miraculous. There seems no end to the ways we can cure diseases, repair injuries and even slow down the natural aging process. But medical procedures can be brutal on the body. Too often, patients are left with distressing side effects and other unpleasant consequences of treatment. Whether it’s recovery from a triple heart bypass or side effects from chemotherapy and radiation, the resulting pain, discomfort, fatigue, anxiety and stress take their toll, punishing patients’ bodies and weakening their spirits.
What is Supportive Therapy?
Essential Oil Therapy
Essential oils are concentrated extracts from plants and trees which have shown to provide specific benefits for overall health, wellness and balance. Essential oil therapy has been proven to help relieve the discomfort associated with a wide variety of health conditions.
This group of therapy systems include energy therapy such as Healing Touch, Guided Imagery and Visualization. These therapies can help to balance and align the person. Relaxation therapies have shown to give relief from acute and chronic discomfort, support the immune system, reduce anxiety and stress, and promote recovery from surgery.
Gentle Movement Therapies
This category includes the programs: Nia, Ageless Grace and Imaginal Body movement forms. Nia is a fitness program blending elements from dance, martial arts and yoga to help build strength and flexibility. Ageless Grace is a program done in a chair for comfort and ease. Imaginal Body work uses gentle, subtle movements which may be supported by light touch to help correct physical concerns. All programs can be done in class format or private session.
Supportive Therapy Fills the Gap
Supportive Therapy helps build and focus the body’s entire range of resources — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual — to help fight the arduous side effects of serious medical treatment.A program of one or more Supportive Therapies may reduce pain and discomfort; it can keep patients mentally strong and their outlook healthy and positive. And this means better outcomes.
Have you heard of treating side effects of medical procedures with Supportive Therapies?
We hadn’t until becoming acquainted with author, speaker, and nurse practitioner, Debra Reis, MSN. She shared with us that as a nurse, she had been working in clinical settings and had witnessed first-hand the many wonders that modern medicine creates ever day. However, even with the advanced diagnostics and scientifically educated doctors and medical professionals, she felt that there was a piece missing.
Supportive Therapy is more than just new age, feel-good workshops. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that specific therapies, such as essential oils, relaxation, and gentle movement have specific beneficial effects on patients. A selection of studies and papers are included in this package to document better outcomes with Supportive Therapy, both objectively and subjectively.