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Integrative Medicine & Health

The UK Integrative Medicine & Health program focuses on the interaction of mind, body and spirit to treat the whole person. Our providers use all appropriate complementary therapies, as well as healthcare expertise and traditional disciplines, to help both patients and healthy individuals achieve optimal health and healing.

This coordinated and holistic approach to care has been proven to decrease pain, reduce stress, improve mood, strengthen the body's immune response, limit inflammation, and instill a sense of hope and well-being. By incorporating a variety of evidence-based therapies such as yoga, massage, aromatherapy and other services into our care, we are giving our patients, faculty and staff even greater opportunities to reach their health and wellness goals.

  • Services

    We offer a broad range of services that can be used alone or together to meet the needs of the individual. Whether you are managing the side effects of a chronic condition, seeking pain relief or just looking for ways to enhance your healthy lifestyle, our Integrative Medicine & Health providers will work with you to select the classes and therapy sessions that are right for you. The services we offer are:

    Animal-assisted therapy

    Registered therapy animals and their handlers work together to integrate animal interactions into health, education and human services for the purpose of therapeutic improvements and enriched health and wellness.

    Aromatherapy

    Often used in combination with massage and other therapeutic techniques as part of an integrative treatment approach, aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plant-derived, aromatic essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being.

    Art therapy

    Art therapy uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental and emotional health. Under the direction of a licensed art therapist, art expression is a non-verbal way to communicate thoughts, feelings, experiences and imagination, resulting in reduced stress, pain relief and personal insight. 

    Jin Shin Jyutsu

    Jin Shin Jyutsu uses the power of light touch on the body through clothing to assist with pain, stress, nausea, and other physical and emotional side effects of chronic conditions and illness.

    Massage therapy

    Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues to enhance health and well-being. Massage sessions include therapeutic, relaxation, prenatal and oncology massages, which are tailored to meet patients’ individual needs.

    Meditation

    Guided meditation can help reduce stress, support immune health, increase happiness, improve productivity and calm the mind.

    Music therapy

    Music therapy is the evidence-based use of music interventions to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual needs of patients of all ages. A music therapy session with a board-certified music therapist may include patient-preferred music, lyric analysis, instrument playing, singing, songwriting, or music and imagery.

    Narrative medicine

    Narrative medicine sessions encourage patients to rediscover personal identity and meaning by telling or writing their stories. Patients are invited to share their life experiences, sources of strength, new insights or perspectives during illness or treatment, and hopes for the future.

    Pastoral care

    Regardless of faith or religious affiliation, pastoral care is available to patients, family and staff at all times to help deal with the spiritual and emotional challenges associated with medical events and crises.        

    Reiki

    Reiki is a non-invasive Japanese healing practice that involves the placement of hands above or gently on the body, using “life-force energy” to facilitate relaxation and stress reduction and to promote healing.

    Tai chi

    Often called “moving meditation,” tai chi is a Chinese martial art that combines a variety of slow, gentle movements, standing postures and deep breathing to focus the body’s energy and align mind, body and spirit.

    Yoga

    Yoga is an effective mind-body practice incorporating gentle movement, breathing and deep relaxation techniques to reduce stress, pain and fatigue. These techniques also promote positive physical, mental and emotional changes. Yoga classes are suitable for all skill levels.

  • Classes & events

    Our classes and services are easily accessible for UK HealthCare patients, faculty and staff, with convenient parking in the outpatient lot in front of the Whitney-Hendrickson Building on the UK Markey Cancer Center campus. See the schedule of classes and events.