Acupuncture and acupressure: Through acupuncture and acupressure — forms of traditional Chinese medicine — strategic points on the body (known as "acupoints") are stimulated to help the child cope with specific ailments. These techniques may help relieve side effects of treatment such as pain, fatigue, insomnia, and nausea.
Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy uses essential oils from plants to support health and/or pleasure. Our practitioners use aromatherapy for its calming effects when a child feels anxious, is having trouble sleeping, feels nauseated, is experiencing an altered sense of smell, or has a decreased appetite. Complimentary essential oils and diffusers are available for all patients.
Counseling and Support: With support from the Valerie Fund, our psychosocial program includes counseling, neuropsychological assessment, services of child life specialists, social work support, and pastoral care.
Exercise and Yoga: Our exercise physiologist promotes relaxation, healing, and increased flexibility and strength through personalized instruction in yoga, breath work, Pilates, and other exercise techniques for children and their families.
Massage Therapy: Massage can help alleviate some side effects of treatment and promote relaxation. Our licensed massage therapists use a combination of techniques, including Swedish massage, shiatsu, Tui Na, aromatherapy massage, and infant massage.
Reflexology: Reflexology is a gentle, non-invasive technique that is one of the most appropriate massage methods for children with cancer. We can perform reflexology while the child is in a chair, bed, couch, crib, massage table, or lying on the floor.
Mind-Body Therapies: Mind-body therapies aim to help people develop a conscious awareness of a connection between mind, body, and spirit. Techniques such as meditation, breathing exercises, and guided imagery may reduce stress and anxiety, and provide children with tools they can use to relax and divert attention away from medical procedures. Our practitioners emphasize meditation to help cope with the side effects of cancer treatment and promote wellness after therapy is finished.
Nutritional and Herbal Guidance: Nutritional counseling is an important part of supportive care during and after your child's treatment. Good nutrition has been shown to improve quality of life, decrease the incidence of infections, and reduce side effects of therapy. Many families are also interested in nutritional and herbal supplements to help manage the side effects or to promote their child's health. Our nutritionists provide guidance regarding dietary supplements and discourage the use of unproven alternative therapies.