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Complementary Therapies

Altru Health System’s complementary therapies are integrative services blended with conventional medicine. This holistic approach to healing encompasses physical, mental and spiritual health.

Integrative therapy, such as pairing medication and meditation to lower blood pressure, aids in restoring balance to support the body’s natural healing processes and enhancing holistic health.

All services are offered free to patients with the exception of massage, chiropractic and reflexology. If you have questions regarding these services, please contact your nurse.

For more information, please contact Penny Millspaugh at 701.780.5257.

Mind, Body and Spirit

Aromatherapy

  • Uses plant oils to ease pain, nausea, anxiety, depression and stress
  • Promotes a sense of well-being

Art Therapy

  • Offers another language for communicating ideas and emotions
  • Outlets for artistic expression include activities that engage creativity and may promote healing

Exercise

  • Stimulates body
  • May improve self-confidence, minimize depression, increase appetite, boost energy, reduce tension and anxiety, and stimulate the immune system

Guided Imagery

  • Forms mental images of places or situations
  • Includes the senses of smell, sight, sound and textures to relax and relieve pain

Humor Therapy

  • Uses the power of smiles and laughter to aid healing and cope with illness

Journaling

  • Expresses experiences, feelings and thoughts in writing
  • Helps organize thoughts, assess emotions, reflect, ease tension and identify emotional or physical needs

Meditation

  • Has many different forms, including reflection and prayer
  • Calming meditation involves focusing on a single object while breathing deeply, repeating a word or phrase, or visualizing a peaceful place
  • Can reduce stress, anxiety, depression and pain
  • Step inside our online meditation room

Mindfulness

  • Teaches you to focus all your attention on the present moment, nonjudgmentally
  • Encourages you to respond to daily life with a sense of calmness and well-being
  • May help reduce anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia and other symptoms related to chronic illness

Music Therapy

  • Addresses physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs
  • Relaxation music and imagery is available on Altru’s Channel 2, The Care Channel
  • May promote communication, change mood, enhance relaxation, reduce anxiety and pain, promote healing and improve blood pressure and heart rate

Pet Therapy

  • Uses animals to improve the physical and emotional well-being
  • May encourage communication, foster a sense of security and well-being, enhance the sense of feeling needed and loved, and improve blood pressure and heart rate
  • Meet Nora, a certified therapy dog

Relaxation

  • Involves techniques to calm the body and quiet the mind
  • Includes deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation and more
  • Benefits may include reducing anxiety, fear, depression and pain

Relaxed Breathing

  • Involves breathing by using your diaphragm
  • Goal is to take in more oxygen and reduce the use of shoulder, neck and upper chest muscles to increase breathing efficiency
  • Known to decrease body tension, lessen stress and manage pain 

Spa

  • Individualized pampering, including hair grooming, hand and foot massage, nail care and polishing
  • May enhance self-image, promote relaxation, decrease stress and alleviate anxiety

Spirituality

  • May expand your support system, calm fearful and lonely feelings, promote inner peace and connectiveness with self, others, nature, universe and/or a superior being

Energy

Acupuncture

  • Accesses energy channels by inserting very fine needles into acupuncture points in various combinations
  • Goal is to rebalance the body’s energy and encourage natural healing
  • May help with pain, depression and controlling nausea cause by chemotherapy

Healing Touch

  • Gentle touch and over-body movement assists in balancing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being
  • Works with your energy field to support natural healing
  • May reduce stress, anxiety, depression, pain and nausea

Manipulation and Touch

Chiropractic

Massage

  • Includes rubbing, stroking or kneading soft tissue for comfort and healing
  • May decrease muscle tension, relieve pain, promote relaxation, increase circulation and boost energy
  • Available at Truyu at Choice

Reflexology

  • Applying pressure to the feet, hands or ears with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion
  • May reduce muscle tension, increase energy, promote sleep and healing, relieve stress and relax the body and mind
  • Available at Truyu at Choice