Integrative Medicine

In keeping with our emphasis on prevention and wellness, the Integrative Medicine Center at Norwalk Hospital offers an extensive menu of services for your mind, body and spirit. Our integrative medicine services are science-based, holistic, and proven effective. Overseen by our medical staff, services are available to everyone in our community, including hospital patients. 

For more information or to make an appointment call 203-852-CALM (2256).

Promotes healthy recovery from surgery, offers relief from pain and nausea, helps with stress management and immune health. Private and community sessions are available.

Employed over centuries for health and maintenance, acupuncture promotes balance and equilibrium of the mind and body. In essence, acupuncture guides the body towards homeostasis, where healing takes place on a deep level in a natural and organic manner.

During acupuncture, very fine needles are inserted into specific points along meridian pathways that traverse the body and correspond with the proper functioning of the organs, musculoskeletal structure and internal physiological systems. Pain and disease are mirrored through the meridians of the body. When they are properly aligned and restored to their original functioning, the result is a better balance between mind and body. As clinical studies affirm its benefits, the popularity of acupuncture continues to grow.

Private Sessions and Community Sessions

Our program offers private one-hour sessions or community acupuncture. In community sessions, patients are treated in a quiet and relaxing group setting. More affordable, these treatments are just as effective as private sessions. A private consultation is required for people who are new to acupuncture so we can ensure that community acupuncture is right for you. You can then alternate between community sessions with private sessions if you wish.

Our pharmacists offer one-on-one advice on taking medications safely and the safe use of dietary supplements, with a focus on avoiding drug interactions.

An herbal and supplement consultation with a pharmacist helps you navigate the thousands of herbs and multi-ingredient herbal products marketed in the United States, helping you find therapies that are proven effective, safe and support the “traditional” therapies prescribed by a physician.

Some studies estimate that 60 percent of patients do not reveal herbal supplement use to their health care providers because these patients view these products as “natural and safe” or fear that their choices will be rejected. In the supportive environment of an herbal and supplement consultation at Norwalk Hospital, our pharmacists review both prescription medication and herbal and supplement use to provide recommendations based on the most recent evidence. This empowers you to make informed healthcare decisions regarding your herbal and supplement use.

Our specially trained, licensed and certified massage therapists offer several different types of massage treatments and are also able to customize a massage to your specific needs.

Our massage offerings include:

  • Infant Massage (instruction): For parents and caregivers, how to massage your baby in a nurturing and gentle way.  
    • Taught by licensed massage therapists, infant Massage relaxes and soothes your infant, deepens bonding and attachment, and improves communication to promote development and improve sleep.
    • The $80 fee includes up to two 90-min classes, educational material and massage oil.
  • Medical Massage: Personalized to your medical condition, a gentle form of massage to relax, relieve pain, calm the nervous system and improve physical function.
    • Not a massage, you would have at a spa, medical massage is tailored to your needs. For your convenience, sessions are offered at the bedside for inpatients or as a private session in our outpatient center.
  • Prenatal and Postnatal Massage: Prenatal and postnatal massage can alleviate stress and promote relaxation. A supportive, health-promoting gift for someone you care about or yourself, prenatal and postnatal massage can help:
    • Increase blood and oxygen flow to you and your baby
    • Reduce strain caused by postural changes
    • Reduce muscle pain, edema and leg and foot discomfort
    • Restore pelvic and abdominal muscles after you give birth
  • Sports/Deep Tissue Massage: To relieve severe tension in muscles, focusing on the muscles beneath your top layer of muscle. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, who engage in heavy or intense physical activity (i.e., athletes), or who have sustained physical injury.

A review of current diet and nutrition status and recommendations for changes to improve overall health and well-being.

Our Norwalk Hospital clinical nutritionists are trained to provide you with the information you need to address health concerns with diet and nutrition. This consultation empowers you to understand your specific nutrition needs and the role of diet and nutrition in optimizing your health and well-being.

Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster

A 5-step program and relaxation CD from Peggy Huddleston, to help you be an active participant in your healing process.

Our program utilizes Peggy Huddleston’s book, “Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster” and a relaxation CD.  Huddleston is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a psychotherapist.

The five steps include:

  • Calming preoperative jitters
  • Visualizing recovery
  • Surrounding yourself with the love of family and friends
  • Using “healing statements”
  • Establishing supportive doctor-patient relationships

    How does it help? Learning mind-body techniques helps you feel calmer before surgery, have less pain after surgery, and reduce side effects of treatment. A research study at a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital showed that hospitalized patients using Huddleston’s program had less anxiety, used less pain medication and had a reduced heart rate. The use of the relaxation CD helps to:

    • Reduce anxiety
    • Stop headaches
    • Reduce chronic pain
    • Lessen side effects of chemotherapy
    • Helps you to feel calmer during a biopsy, endoscopy, cardiac catheterization or MRI

    A non-invasive complementary therapy using thumb and finger techniques to apply alternating pressure to reflex points found on the feet, hands and ears.

    Reflexology involves the application of gentle pressure to specific parts of the body (reflex areas) that correspond to all glands, organs, parts and systems of the body. Reflexology helps normalize all body functions to improve one’s health naturally by relaxing the body, releasing an unrestricted flow of vitality, restoring balance and encouraging the body’s own healing system to take over. Other benefits include improved circulation, pain management, improved overall health and enhanced well-being.

    An ancient art of hands-on healing that eases discomfort, restores balance and sustains health.

    The word “Reiki” comes from the Japanese word rei, meaning “universal life” and ki, meaning “energy.” Reiki is believed to be the life energy that flows through all living things; this “ki” energy should be strong and free-flowing, nourishing and revitalizing the body and mind. By easing tension and stress that often block the natural flow of energy, Reiki helps your body create an environment that facilitates healing on all levels—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Reiki helps alleviate side effects of medical treatment, such as fatigue, nausea, pain and anxiety.

    Reiki therapy involves the laying of hands on or above a clothed person. The hand positions focus on the energy centers of the body, helping to balance energy, thereby reducing stress and promoting relaxation. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness. Rather, it’s used to complement traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings. 

    A gentle form of exercise, often referred to as meditation in motion.

    Practiced in China for hundreds of years, tai chi helps relieve stress, increases strength and flexibility, and improves balance, coordination and circulation. Tai chi’s slow and graceful movements make it easy to practice, regardless of your age or level of physical fitness. While tai chi improves overall physical and mental health, it’s also an effective martial art.

    • Date: 8-week series, held on Thursdays
    • Time: 5:00-5:45 p.m. for Intermediate; 5:45-6:30 p.m. for Advanced
    • Location: Norwalk Hospital’s Patio Room
    • Cost: Beginners: $40; Intermediate and Advanced: $60

    For more information or to make an appointment call (203) 852-CALM (2256).