Complementary Therapy For Terminal Patients

Several forms of therapy help terminal patients to manage pain and live positive lives. Some of these can be orthodox, or unconventional, which we will talk about in this post.

Complementary or alternative therapy is treatment that is received alongside normal medical care. Often, there is little evidence to prove how well these therapies work, but many people discover that they feel better after undergoing these therapies. Complementary therapies are not meant to replace medical care, but to support it.

Here we talk about the different therapies you can have, their benefits to the patient, and how you can get access to them.

Some Types Of Complementary Therapies

Most complementary therapies are traditional forms of treatment in various parts of the world, but some of them have managed to be recognized and even incorporated into medical care. Whatever therapy you choose to undergo, make sure to notify your healthcare provider to determine if the therapy is safe for you, depending on your condition and ongoing treatments. Below are some common complementary therapy types.

Acupuncture And Acupressure

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice where needles into some parts of the body to stimulate the nerves in the muscles and skin. Acupressure is fundamentally the same, but gentle finger pressure is used instead of needles. Acupuncture uses thin needles that are not inserted deeply, so you might only feel a slight tingle or even nothing at all.

Both therapies are used to improve general well-being, and to help with fatigue, migraines, and pain.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy involves rubbing, kneading, hitting, or pressing the muscles and soft tissues in the body. This is done to reduce pain, tension, and stress.

There are various forms of massage, some unique disciplining being reflexology and shiatsu. Reflexology involves the targeting of only the feet or hands to active and release certain pressure points said to impact bodily function. Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage where comfortable pressure is applied to certain parts of the body by using the elbows, hands, and even feet.

Several studies have shown massage to possess several therapeutic properties. Massage can help to improve blood flow and influence neuroendocrine functions, thereby reducing pain and stress.


Hypnotherapy puts you in a state of deep relaxation, similar to how one might feel before sleeping or when waking slowly. It is done to reduce pain and improve relaxation.

It’s important to find properly trained professionals so to avoid scammers. The therapist ought to discuss the process with you before embarking on treatment.


Aromatherapy uses the fragrance from essential oils, which are believed to have health benefits. The oils can be inhaled, put in a diffuser, massaged onto the body or infused into a hot bath.

Aromatherapy can help to reduce stress and aid relaxation, though there’s little evidence to back this up. Tell your therapist if you have any fragrance allergies.

Meditation, Controlled Breathing, And Yoga

The above therapies are loosely related in principle. Meditation involves practicing mindfulness. Controlled breathing is also a part of meditation that involves monitoring your breathing patterns and controlling it. Yoga incorporates aspects of meditation and controlled breathing with controlled body movements.

These therapies aid bodily control, relaxation, and overall health. Yoga improves stamina and helps with blood circulation.

How You Can Receive Complementary Therapy

There are several places where you can receive complementary therapy. You can talk with your healthcare providers to find professionally trained complementary therapists in your area.

If your hospice service itself doesn’t provide one of the many specific complementary therapies you seek, you might consider hiring a private complementary therapist. This may be expensive, so you should investigate pricing beforehand.

You might consider complementary therapy if you wish to improve your general comfort and well-being. Hillside Hospice has professionals that can help you with your decision to seek and undergo complementary and alternative therapy.

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