Center for Healthcare Integration (CHI)
Departments & Services
Recognizing that healing involves the mind, body and spirit, The William W. Backus Hospital has created an integrative healthcare program offering services and education to meet the growing interest in therapies that complement and enhance the medical care we currently provide.
Energy Therapies work to enhance the body’s own ability to bring its energy to balance.
The pilot volunteer program offers 15-20 minute comfort care sessions free of charge to inpatients on designated units. These gentle light touch techniques provide stress reduction and relaxation, as well as promote healing. The techniques being used are Healing Touch, Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch.
Massage Therapy provides support to patients to assist in recovery, relaxation, and stress management.
The therapist provides gentle massage of the soft tissues of the body to stimulate circulation, promote relaxation, and provide comfort from stress-induced muscle tension. Massage is offered in 15-20 minute comfort care sessions free of charge to inpatients on designated units.
Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster
Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster is a program using relaxation and guided imagery, a practice of visualizing positive outcomes to an event (e.g. surgery, chemotherapy) to lessen anxiety and promote pain relief.
This process can enhance the body’s immune system and promote quicker healing. The patients receive a book and CD and attend a one and a half hours class, which is ideally taken 2-3 weeks prior to surgery.
Reflexology An ancient therapeutic practice of applying pressure and gentle stimulation to sensor reflexes on the feet and/or hands.
There are more then 7,000 sensory nerve endings in each foot that correspond to organs, glands and vital systems of the body. Reflexology induces a natural state of relaxation that helps to improve the flow of energy and promote the healing process.
Therapeutic Pet Program
The Therapeutic Pet Program involves volunteer “pet teams,” comprised of handlers and their dogs that have been trained to bring their unique therapeutic healing presence to hospital patients.
Each team is trained and certified through a national certifying agency. Pet teams visit patients on designated hospital units weekly.
Therapeutic Music creates a peaceful and calm environment to support comfort and enhance healing for patients.
The effectiveness of music as a healing modality has been well documented in music therapy, music-medicine, nursing, psychology, and scientific literature. Recent studies demonstrate the efficacy of live, therapeutic music in decreasing pain and anxiety and regulating heart rhythms. Therapeutic Music sessions are held pre and post-operatively in the Same Day Surgery and Post-Anesthesia Care area. Sessions are offered at no charge to patients.