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integrative Therapy

Good Samaritan, in cooperation with community therapists, has developed a unique program of Integrative Therapy. Available to interested patients and their primary caregivers, integrative therapies have proven to be helpful with physical pain, emotional stress and quality of life. If you are interested in using one of the below services, please ask your Good Samaritan social worker or nurse.

Music Therapy

This therapy uses the universal language of music to offer patients and families the joy that music can bring. Music therapy is a unique blend of art and science that may reduce anxiety and improve the quality of life for patients and caregivers. The use of live instruments (such as a harp or guitar) and/or the human voice can serve as an avenue to relaxation, memory and emotional calm. This therapy may also include the use of recorded music based on the patient’s preference.

Pet Therapy

Through the ages, pets have been a major source of pleasure and joy. Pet therapy has proven helpful to many patients by increasing their mental stimulation, reducing depression, creating laughter and improving quality of life. Dogs or other types of pets are brought to the patient’s home for them to enjoy and touch. People often benefit from the opportunity to express their feelings through petting a dog or cat or simply by being in the presence of a creature that offers unconditional love. Such interactions can be amazingly healing to the human spirit.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the practice of soft tissue manipulation with the goal of relieving muscular tension and discomfort. The benefits of massage may include relaxation, easier breathing, increased circulation and reduction of stress, for both patients and caregivers. A variety of massage techniques appropriate to a person’s physical and emotional condition can be used to reach the desired goals.

Stress Management Techniques

The negative effects of personal stress on both mental and physical health are well known. A number of stress reduction techniques are now available through trained local practitioners, including centering prayer and meditation, guided imagery, breathing techniques, journaling and labyrinth work.

Such methods are natural, non-invasive ways to calm the mind and emotions and help individuals to mentally free themselves from anxious or depressing thoughts and feelings. A person learns how to redirect his or her attention so that a sense of peace and well-being can be restored.

Integrative Therapy is an optional service to improve quality of life for patients and caregivers.  It is not for the purpose of promoting a particular therapy or practitioner and it may not be suitable for every situation.  Good Sam’s primary team members advise patients/caregivers of the details and benefits of these additional services.