The body Is a complex and interconnected system. Integrated Medicine (IM), also known as complementary medicine, is a holistic, "whole person" approach to health care. IM combines conventional medicine with nontraditional techniques to bring healing and pain relief. Coupled with lifestyle changes, IM can provide immediate and long-lasting positive effects on your health, decrease dependence on medication and enhance your overall quality of life.
To learn more about IM at Mercy, ask your primary care provider.
IM can be used to treat a wide range of health issues, including:
IM providers coordinate treatments with your care team, enhancing their care with nontraditional methods including:
Trained experts place hair-thin needles at specific points on the skin to redirect energy, stimulate healing and relieve pain.
Chiropractic medicine focuses on physical adjustments to the skeletomuscular system that support healing.
Healing touch therapy, or reiki, is very light or near-body touch. It is frequently used to reduce stress and calm patients before surgery, chemotherapy and other procedures. It is especially useful for patients whose conditions, including fibromyalgia and severe burns, prohibit traditional massage.
Reflexology is the therapeutic application of pressure to the feet, hands or ears to relieve stress or pain in different parts of your body.
IM recognizes the mind-body-spirit connection. Techniques such as mindfulness and meditation can improve emotional well-being and deliver lasting benefit to patients dealing with conditions including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heart disease, migraine headaches, anxiety, depression and some autoimmune diseases.
Mindfulness is the practice of relaxation through focused breathing and concentration.
Meditation can profoundly affect emotional well-being and aid the healing process. It can reduce stress and provide a sense of peace and balance.
Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that improves balance and eases physical and psychological symptoms. The exercise is performed using slow movements with rhythmic breathing and concentration.
Therapeutic Pilates and Yoga are exercises that integrate breathing and meditation to relieve stress and ease cancer treatment side effects.
At Mercy, we offer compassionate care for a variety of treatment services, including: