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Complementary Therapies

Woman receiving accupuncture

Rest your mind and body with help from Foley Cancer Center's complementary therapies. These services promote healing, relaxation and wellbeing and can be used in conjunction with traditional treatment, relieving cancer symptoms and treatment side effects.


Acupuncture uses stimulation to release brain chemicals that bolster the body’s natural healing abilities. Your licensed acupuncturist applies fine, sterile needles to specific parts of your body, balancing your equilibrium to help relieve pain and nausea.

Acupuncture may also relieve digestive problems and musculoskeletal difficulties, and improve recovery from cancer surgery.

Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT)

Interacting with animals has been shown to improve health. Monitored play, walks or interactions with a trained dog or animal can result in lowered anxiety, blood pressure and increased happiness.

Working with animals also serves as a motivator for participation in physical, occupational, speech or other rehabilitative therapies.

Gardens & the Outdoors

Your care at Rutland Regional Medical Center includes access to an outdoor walking path. Take a stroll in the garden labyrinth – an ancient tool used to help people gain peace and clarity – outside the Foley Cancer Center.

The C.A.R.E. Channel with Guided Imagery®

Expand your imagination using your patient television, equipped with the C.A.R.E. Channel with Guided Imagery. Through guided, relaxing programming, you can lower anxiety and stress, accelerating the body’s natural healing process.

Gentle Yoga

Open to anyone whose life has been affected by cancer – survivors, those in treatment, caregivers and supporters. Come and practice gentle, guided movement. Yoga helps to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Manage treatment side effects
  • Regain health
  • Attain peace of mind
  • Strengthen the body & immune system

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