Specially trained massage practitioners provide hands-on therapy for healing and wellness.
You may select from a range of services, including resilience training, stress management, meditation, massage therapy, acupuncture, animal-assisted therapy, yoga, tai chi, and botanicals and supplements consultation. Availability of services varies among Mayo Clinic locations. Please confirm with your doctor or when you contact the clinic.
During a physician consultation, you talk with a doctor trained in integrative medicine and health. Together, you develop a treatment plan tailored to your goals for health and well-being. Your plan may include one or more of the integrative practices available. Bring to this appointment a list of supplements and medications that you take, including doses.
Your doctor may recommend:
- Animal-assisted therapy
- Dietary supplements and botanicals
- Exercise, activity or mindful movement, such as yoga or tai chi
- Music therapy
- Resilience training
- Stress management
- Other approaches
Yoga is one of several approaches that enhance the mind-body connection.
Resilience education and training teaches positive strategies for managing stress and developing resilience in your life. The program offers individual or group sessions in the Stress Management and Resiliency Training program.
Massage therapy for people in the hospital
Massage therapy may be used to help you feel better as you undergo treatment for an injury or condition.
Massage therapy may be offered on an outpatient basis or to people who are in the hospital. Mayo researchers have found that this integrative medicine practice can reduce pain and tension in people facing or recovering from many problems, including heart surgery, breast cancer and colon surgery. Mayo clinic massage therapists provide massage therapy to thousands of people each year.
Mayo Clinic's massage therapists have sought additional training in techniques such as acupressure, reflexology, mobilization of scar tissue and lymphedema drainage. A certified massage therapist works with you and uses techniques based on your needs and goals.
Acupuncture is one of the world's oldest recognized medical therapies. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine and embraced by many people, including medical professionals, as a safe and effective treatment for many conditions.
You are treated by a doctor trained in acupuncture or a licensed acupuncture practitioner supervised by a doctor. Mayo Clinic acupuncture specialists perform more than 1,100 acupuncture treatments each year.
Techniques include acupuncture with manual and electrical stimulation, acupressure, and cupping. Treatments are tailored to your needs, concerns and diagnosis. Mayo Clinic treatment rooms dedicated to acupuncture have soft music and gentle lighting to help you relax while your practitioner places the needles. A typical acupuncture visit is 45 to 60 minutes.
Meditation can help promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness.
People meditate for many reasons, for example, to relax and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. Many people find that meditation helps them refocus and gain happiness and inner peace.
Integrative nutrition consultation
Integrative nutrition focuses on improving health by enhancing the natural processes of the body. During an integrative nutrition consultation, you meet with a registered dietitian and undergo a nutrition assessment that focuses on the whole person. This service includes personalized recommendations and nutritional planning with an emphasis on whole food as medicine to assist the body's innate response to heal.
Botanicals and supplements consultation
Botanicals and supplements are marketed and taken like medications but regulated like foods. They can interact with prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and each other, resulting in side effects or suboptimal treatment. During a botanicals and supplements consultation, you talk with a pharmacist who is an expert on these popular products and learn about how their potential risks and side effects might affect your health and well-being.