Palliative care is treatment that is focused on relieving pain and symptoms while providing comfort to patients with chronic illnesses or diseases. It is often a combination of treatments including conventional medicine and Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM). The primary focus and goal of is to improve the quality of life for the patient and the family. Palliative care relies on a team-based, multidisciplinary approach that coordinates care for the patient to support their physical, emotional and spiritual needs throughout their illness.
Palliative care Massage Therapy is tailored to the child’s individual healthcare needs. Some techniques include: relaxation techniques, guided imagery, aromatherapy and Touch Therapy.
These techniques may provide benefits to a child with special healthcare needs by:
- Relieving and managing pain from surgeries, procedures and physical stress
- Decreasing joint pain and inflammation
- Increasing range of motion due to muscle contracture (hypertonia)
- Reducing anxiety, emotional stress and fear during and following medical procedures and treatments
- Promoting relaxation and improving sleep
- Reducing nausea and constipation
- Improving digestion and elimination
- Improving circulation of blood and lymph
Integrative therapies are beneficial to many children with special healthcare needs or concerns, and have varied diagnosis including cerebral palsy, brain injuries, genetic disorders, cancer, autoimmune diseases, congenital defects, seizure disorders and terminal illnesses. We work closely with healthcare providers and family members to offer therapeutic modalities that support each child's individual physical, emotional and spiritual needs.