About complementary therapies
Complementary therapies are a range of supportive therapies offered alongside medical treatments. They can help with relaxation and alleviate symptoms you may be experiencing as a result of your disease or treatments you are receiving.
Our complementary therapists work alongside our medical team to improve the quality of life of our patients.
Complementary therapies can help:
- Aid relaxation
- Reduce stress
- Alleviate feelings of anxiety or depression
- Improve sleep patterns
- Reduce pain and other distressing symptoms
- Improve symptoms associate with constipation, muscle tension or poor circulation
Complementary therapies we can provide
There are a number of different therapies we can offer including:
- Reflexology – a wonderfully relaxing treatment which can help release tension, reduce stress and alleviate symptoms such as pain, fatigue, insomnia and anxiety.
- Massage – can help the body release its own natural painkillers and provide a sense of contentment, relaxing mind and body.
- Aromatherapy – involves gentle massage using essential oils with therapeutic properties.
- Indian head massage – a simple yet effective therapy which involves gentle but firm massage of the upper back, upper arms, neck shoulders, head and face.
- Reiki – a simple therapy which can help to calm and soothe patients providing great comfort.
All therapies are provided by our team of highly qualified complementary therapists, which is made up of full time and part time members of staff as well as volunteers.
Who can receive treatments?
Patients staying with us can receive treatments from our complementary therapists on the ward. Patients who attend one of our Day Hospices in Shrewsbury, Telford and Newtown also have access to this service. In addition, we also run two out-patient clinics for those patients who are referred to us specifically for complementary therapy. Our out-patient clinics in Shrewsbury and Newtown are held every Wednesday.
How to be referred
You can be referred to our complementary therapy service as an out-patient by your GP, one of our Clinical Nurse Specialists or any healthcare professional. If you already benefit from our specialist care you can be referred for complementary therapy by any member of our medical team or by one of our Social Workers.
Once you’ve been referred
Once you have been referred for complementary therapy you will meet with your therapist to discuss your needs and decide on which treatments may be of benefit.
To download a leaflet which contains more information about our complementary therapy services please click here.