Integrative Therapy

At Swedish Covenant Hospital, our priority is to treat the whole person: body, mind and spirit. We understand that treatment doesn't stop when you leave your doctor's office; it can continue with complementary and alternative therapies that often work in connection with more traditional medical practices.

Swedish Covenant Hospital offers a variety of innovative and healing therapies through its affiliated medically based fitness center, Galter LifeCenter. These services include acupuncture, clinical massage therapy and watsu aquatic therapy.

To learn more about Integrative Therapy, contact Heather Alfrejd, integrative therapy manager, at 773-878-9936, ext. 7723.

Acupuncture
Experience the effects of acupuncture as it balances and heals your mind, body and spirit. This system of health care has been around for over 2,000 years, and has proven to be safe, effective and reliable.

 Most people think acupuncture is only used for the treatment of muscular aches and pains - but it can do so much more. Acupuncture can remedy acute or chronic ailments, relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers and strengthen the immune system. Whether it's back pain, arthritis, knee or shoulder pain, tendonitis, headaches, gynecological disorders or stress - acupuncture can help.

Galter LifeCenter is also pleased to offer YNSA, which is a new Japanese scalp acupuncture technique that is highly effective in treating musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.

To schedule an appointment, or for further information, please contact Sandy Sumi, Registered Nurse, Licensed and Board Certified Acupuncturist, at 773-878-9936, ext. 7359.

Clinical Massage Therapy
Massage therapy improves blood supply and nutrients to muscles by increasing circulation in the body. A growing body of research proves that Massage Therapy is an effective, non-pharmacological form of pain relief. The latest research concludes that Clinical and Therapeutic Massage Therapy promotes a relaxation response to the muscles and the central nervous system.

Massage Therapy is effective in treating chronic back pain and tension, and stimulates the brain to produce endorphins. It helps loosen tight muscles, which makes the body feel at ease, and also releases toxins in the body.

Discover the various Clinical and Therapeutic Massage Therapy techniques that Galter LifeCenter offers:

• Trigger point
• Deep tissue
• Sports massage
• Postural assessment
• Myofascial release
• Swedish massage
• Neuromuscular
• Pre/Postnatal
• Thai massage

To learn more about our various clinical and therapeutic approaches to Massage Therapy at Galter LifeCenter, or to schedule an evaluation or session, contact Heather Alfrejd, Integrative Therapy Manager, at 773-878-9936, ext. 7723.

Watsu Aquatic Therapy
Watsu is a passive form of aquatic therapy that incorporates the principles of Zen Shiatsu into a controlled 94-96 degree water temperature. Added to deep relaxation and meditative state are applied Shiatsu stretches, freeing of the spine and weight-bearing joints with facilitation of acupressure point work in a warm aquatic environment.

During the Watsu Aquatic Therapy session, therapeutic aquatic and land goals are created and tailored to the individual's needs by a Licensed Occupational Therapist with aquatic training in Watsu techniques. These goals enhance the health, wellness and quality of life for activities of everyday living.
Discover the Wellness and Therapeutic Benefits of Watsu:

• Reduced stress and anxiety
• Increased range of motion, joint mobility, flexibility
• Decreased muscle garding, pain and holding patterns, muscle tightness
• Increased digestion, sleep pattern, breathing pattern
• Release and discovery of emotions
• Increased strength and immune system response

You may benefit from Watsu if you experience one of the following conditions. You may also enjoy Watsu even for general wellness benefits.

• Acute, Sub Acute or Chronic Pain
• Cerebral Vascular Accident
• Fibromyalgia
• Spinal Cord Injury
• Arthritis
• Lower Back Pain
• Neuromuscular Disorders
• Sleep Disorders
• Soft Tissue Dysfunction
• Anxiety Disorders
• Cerebral Palsy
• Orthopedic Conditions
• Autism

To learn more about the Watsu Aquatic Therapy Services at Galter LifeCenter, or to schedule an evaluation or session, please contact Aquatic Bodyworker, Diane Novak at 773-878-9936, ext. 7356, or dnovak@swedishcovenant.org or Kristin Hovious at ext. 7446, or khovious@swedishcovenant.org.
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