Complementary Therapies Help Patients Heal

A recent piece by Energy Magazine, highlights the ways in which Bon Secours DePaul’s Faith Community Health Ministry takes the healing process to a new level.

Coordinator Lisa Wright-Martin, FNP-BC, heads up DePaul’s Healing Support Team, which works with community volunteers to provide healing touch, armoa-therapy, and therapeutic music services free of charge to patients and their families during their hospital stay.

Bon Secours’ interest in providing holistic health care began as part of our palliative care program, but services are now available to all patients who might benefit from the Healing Touch program.

Many question the validity of these services, but patients have reported significant pain and anxiety relief as a result of holistic approaches. In research from January 2010 to May 2011, patients reports an average drop in pain of 3.85 points (on a 0-10 point stress scale) and an average 4.95 point drop (on a 0-10 point stress scale) in stress and anxiety. Patients and family members also filled out comment cards, which lauded the program for its impact on their physical and mental health. Many reported a sense of spiritual calm and noticeably less pain.

The success of Bon Secours DePaul’s Healing Support Team, led to the launch of a sister program at our Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in 2008, where we hope to continue to share the benefits of holistic medicine with our community.

Source: October-December 2011 | Energy Magazine

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