CMMC Offers Many Integrative Medical Services
Health care extends beyond what many would call "standard" or Western" medical practices. Through the years, research has shown repeatedly that some people benefit by adding healing modalities to their medical treatment plans. Modalities such as bodywork, including massage, Reiki and yoga. Treatments to reduce pain, such as the ancient art of acupuncture. Attention to nutrition; the addition of foods, or herbal or vitamin supplements to increase overall health. All may help an individual dealing with health issues.
CMMC's Integrative Medicine department recognizes that some of our patients seek a whole spectrum of treatment and healing options. We have many services to offer, as adjuncts to the care plan you may have in place with your healthcare practitioners.
Here is a look at what we offer:
Providing free support, education and wellness services to cancer patients and caregivers.
The mission of the Dempsey Center is to provide the highest quality education, support and wellness services to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families and communities touched by cancer.
The Dempsey Center embraces the whole person -- body, mind and spirit -- in a respectful, inclusive and healing environment.
Acupuncture Can Help Manage Symptoms
The word "acupuncture" actually refers to a a group of procedures.
The most common form of acupuncture – and the type that has been most researched in the U.S. – involves thin needles that penetrate the skin, in order to stimulate specific places in the body. It is believed that stimulation of these areas may cause the body to produce natural painkillers and also improve blood flow, which enhances healing.
Acupuncture has been practiced in Asian countries for thousands of years.
Research shows that acupuncture can help relieve pain and discomfort, such as the nausea that may be a side effect of a medical procedure or treatment.
Family physicians David Salko, M.D. and Cynthia Dechenes, M.D., have special training in acupuncture.
Hypnosis Can Help Healing
Pediatrician David O. Baker, D.O. offers hypnosis for young children, to help with a variety of issues.
Yoga Increases Relaxation, Sense of Well-Being
Yoga is an ancient practice combining body movement, breathing exercises and meditation to help center the mind, body and spirit.
Practitioners of yoga report many benefits, such as increased flexibility and strength, increased relaxation, stress reduction, anxiety reduction and a lessening of chronic pain, from ailments such as arthritis.
There are several forms of yoga, but the goals are the same: to bring about wellness where needed.
People with health issues often turn to yoga, as it is a gentle form of exercise, with benefits that extend beyond the physical realm.
Central Maine Medical Center offers yoga classes at its Wellness Center
and also at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing.
Reiki Therapy Channels Healing Energy
Reiki is a spiritually based form of healing. Practitioners help patients by channeling healthy energy gently to them, through their hands. Reiki therapists place their hands on various energy places, such as the shoulders and back, to transfer healing energy, and to help patients achieve a better sense of physical, emotional and spiritual balance. Patients remain clothed during the sessions, which last about 30 minutes .
For more information about Reiki, visit The National Institute of Health. Discuss Reiki with your healthcare practitioner as well, to see if it is a therapy that may be helpful.
Reiki is available for clients of the Dempsey Center.