Integrative and Complementary Medicine
San Diego integrative and complementary medicine
Treating the whole person — mind, body and spirit.
From aches and pains to fears and stress, our therapists focus on a multitude of conditions. We are healers, instructors and artists. We ease anxiety through aromatherapy, soothe muscles through massage and harness natural painkilling powers through acupuncture.
At Sharp, our integrative and complementary medicine programs are used in conjunction with traditional medical treatment to help alleviate stress, reduce pain and anxiety, manage symptoms and promote well-being and balance.
Acupuncture focuses on correcting imbalances of energy flow caused by trauma, medication, stress or other conditions. Acupuncture uses the insertion of ultra-fine needles into specific points on the body to restore health and improve overall function and well-being.
Acupuncture is offered at Sharp Coronado Hospital and Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion.
Arts for Healing Program
This program is designed to improve the emotional and spiritual health of patients by using life-enhancing arts experiences such as visual art making, live music engagement and creative writing. The program is led by board-certified art and music therapists and supported by a team of volunteers. The Arts for Healing team creates arts encounters and experiences to support the comfort and wellness of patients, their loved ones and hospital staff.
Arts for Healing is offered at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, Sharp McDonald Center, Sharp Memorial Hospital, Sharp Allison deRose Rehabilitation Center and Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital.
Clinical aromatherapy uses essential herbal oils to stimulate the sense of smell, which produces a calming effect on patients and helps to relax. This therapy is often used prior to MRIs and during a patient's hospital stay.
Aromatherapy is offered at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Sharp Coronado Hospital, Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital.
Emotional freedom technique
Emotional freedom technique (EFT) combines modern Western psychology with traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate stress, anxiety, pain, food cravings and limiting beliefs.
EFT is offered at Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion.
This alternative therapy is a natural thought process that focuses on senses to evoke a feeling of well-being and relaxation through a therapeutic imagery session in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
Guided or interactive imagery sessions are available at the Cushman Wellness Center at Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion.
Regular: $65 for 50 minutes; $100 for 90 minutes
55+ senior rate: $55 for 50 minutes; $90 for 90 minutes
Sharp employee discount: $45 for 50 minutes; $80 for 90 minutes
Cash, checks and credit cards only. There is no insurance coverage for this program.
Healing Touch therapy relies on gentle, noninvasive touch to influence and support the human energy system, which helps to restore balance, alleviate pain and expedite the healing process. It can also help with pain control, anxiety reduction, wound healing, depression and immune system enhancement.
Healing Touch is available at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Sharp Coronado Hospital, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital and at the Cushman Wellness Center at Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion.
Massage therapy promotes health and well-being, enhances the body's own restorative powers and can be beneficial for stress relief, headaches, muscle strain and in dealing with other chronic conditions. This therapy is provided for inpatients, outpatients and the general public.
Massage therapy is offered at Sharp Coronado Hospital and Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion. Hand massage therapy is offered at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital.
Pet therapy includes visits by a variety of certified therapy dogs.
Pet therapy is offered at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Sharp Coronado Hospital, Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital.
Qi gong is the art of developing energy and promotes good health, vitality, longevity, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. Regular practice is believed to restore energy, reduce stress and help maintain healthy and active lifestyles.
Reiki therapy is a Japanese energy therapy for conditions such as stress, chronic pain and the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Practitioners use their hands on or above the patient's body to promote a multisystem relaxation response involving the body, mind and spirit.
Reiki is offered at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital.
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art form that involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that the body is in constant motion.
Regular practice can improve balance, reduce tension and increase joint flexibility, and can also help decrease high blood pressure, anxiety and arthritis pain.
Yoga uses physical practices and poses, including gentle stretches and breathing techniques, to encourage progressive, deep relaxation for both body and mind.
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