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Complementary Therapies

acupuncture treatmentCommitted to providing holistic care for the whole person, Rutland Regional Medical Center offers complementary therapies proven to promote healing, relaxation and overall well-being, as well as to help relieve cancer symptoms and treatment side effects.

Used in conjunction with traditional medical and surgical services, the complementary therapies we offer include:

  • Reiki Therapy. An ancient art of hands-on healing that promotes relaxation and reduces stress, fatigue, depression, nausea, anxiety and pain. Performed by a certified Reiki therapist, it involves the light “laying of hands” on and around a fully-clothed person. The therapist transfers positive energy to the patient, focusing on the energy centers and pathways of the head, neck, shoulders, upper chest, abdomen, legs and feet.
  • Acupuncture. The process of applying fine, sterile needles to specific parts of the body to stimulate the release of brain chemicals that promote the body's natural healing abilities. Performed by a licensed acupuncturist, the technique is known to relieve pain and nausea; enhance balance and equilibrium; improve allergies, colds and other sinus conditions; ease digestive problems; and improve recovery from surgery, musculoskeletal difficulties, respiratory problems and other illnesses.
  • Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). The monitored interaction of a patient with a specially trained dog or other animal to help reduce stress, encourage movement and increase happiness and overall wellbeing. AAT has been proven to help lessen a patient’s anxiety, pain, blood pressure and loneliness. Taking a dog for a walk, or throwing a dog a ball, can also serve as motivator for a patient to participate in physical, occupational, speech or other forms of therapy.
  • Gardens and Outdoor Settings. The hospital also has a outdoor walking path and, outside the Foley Cancer Center in Rutland Regional’s Memorial Gardens, a labyrinth – an ancient tool used to help people gain peace and clarity.
  • The C.A.R.E. Channel With Guided Imagery®. The hospital’s patient televisions all have C.A.R.E. Channel with Guided Imagery, which uses patients’ active imagination to bring about responses in their bodies that can accelerate the healing process.

Contact Us

If you have questions or would like to make an appointment, please call us at 802.747.1831

Glen Harder, LAc, appears on PEGTV

Rutland Regional Medical Center
160 Allen Street
Rutland, VT 05701

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