Patients, Families & Carers

Complementary Therapies

The benefits of Complementary Therapies include creating sensations of relaxation and calm, enhanced feelings of wellbeing.

What therapies are offered and what do they do?

Massage involves the gentle manipulation of the body’s soft tissue using specific, gentle techniques. It is used to ease pain and tension, improve circulation and promote relaxation. The therapist will discuss what area of the body may benefit the most from this treatment, for example the hands and arms, neck and shoulders or feet and legs;

Massage

Gentle specific pressure technique which is applied to the hands and feet and creates a feeling of physical and emotional relaxation and eases pain and tension.

Aromatherapy

Uses the beneficial properties of individually blended aromatic plant essences in the form of oils, creams and gels. Used directly onto the skin to help with skin problems and pain or inhaled to ease anxiety, nausea and insomnia.

Reflexology

This is a gentle specific pressure technique, applied to the feet or hands which creates a feeling of physical and emotional relaxation, easing pain and tension. Occasionally areas of sensitivity and sensations of tingling and increased warmth may be experienced.

Reiki (Ray-key)

Involves placing the hands on or above specific energy points around the clothed body. Based on the non-religious principle of channelling "Universal Life Force Energy" through the therapist and enabling the recipient to gain a sense of warmth, comfort and relaxation.

Other therapies include individual and group relaxation/guided imagery sessions and multi-sensory therapy.

For further information about the Complementary Therapies we offer please contact the Complementary Therapy team on 01482 784343 ext. 377 or the medical secretaries on 01482 785721 or email medical@dovehouse.org.uk.

How to refer to this service

In-patients

May be referred by any staff member or may request a therapy at any time during their stay. The Complementary Therapist will discuss therapy options and a treatment plan before therapy begins.

Outpatients

Appropriate referrals for patients to attend the Complementary Therapy Outpatient Clinic are taken from any healthcare professional e.g. GP or specialist nurse. Following acceptance by the multi-disciplinary team a course of Complementary Therapy treatments will be offered.

What are the benefits of complementary Therapies?

The benefits of Complementary Therapies include creating sensations of relaxation and calm, enhance d feelings of wellbeing, a reduction in anxiety and tension, improved sleep patterns and improved coping strategies. Complementary Therapies may also help to improve symptoms such as pain, breathlessness and skin problems.

All our therapies are adapted for use in palliative care and are gentle and safe. Treatments will always include an assessment with the patient where the Complementary Therapist will discuss therapy options and a treatment plan.