Comprehensive Services for Well-Being and Healing
University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network offers a wide variety of services that can prevent illness, as well as treat it. These therapies can help a patient recover from a medical condition or disease, as well as find relief from pain or trauma.
Patients come to us for many reasons, and we offer a variety of treatments from which they can choose – with our help, if necessary – to find the healing they need. Patients do not need a physician referral to take advantage of any of our services.
Board-Certified Optimal Health Physician Expertise
Our providers are among the most experienced in the country. Their credentials are unmatched by most practitioners in the field of integrative medicine, and they have come to us with an impressive depth and breadth of experience. They have worked and studied at centers of integrative medicine around the country, and around the world.
In addition, they have a true empathic understanding of how to lead their clients on the path of optimal health.
Integrative Medicine Services
Led by medical director Francoise Adan, MD, board-certified in both Psychiatry and Integrative Medicine, UH Connor Integrative Health Network team provides specialized services that embrace the benefits of providing healing with a more integrative approach. Services include:
Acupuncture: Ultra-fine needles are applied painlessly to your body, and they are used to balance the nervous system, reduce tension, and alleviate pain. This 5,000-year-old healing practice has been shown to effectively treat such diverse symptoms and conditions as pain, digestive and respiratory disorders, anxiety and depression, headaches and migraines – and that's why a hospital offers it. Acupuncture can also greatly ease side effects from cancer treatments, such as fatigue and nausea.
Guided Imagery: This is a gentle but powerful technique used in meditation to focus and direct the imagination. It is also known as visualization. Guided imagery involves focusing attention on a relaxing image, such as a sunset or a flowing waterfall. Elite athletes have been known to use guided imagery to enhance their performance. Studies have shown that by using guided imagery, people can lower anxiety levels during stressful times, reduce their heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose levels - and even morphine use for pain after surgery.
Life Coaching: Our life coach is a professionally trained therapist who helps you find and follow the path to changing your life in the way you want. Many people know where they want to go, but not how to get there. Others know their lives aren’t working the way they’d like them to, but they aren’t sure why. UH Connor Integrative Health Network’s life coach offers the detailed steps that lead you to achieving your goals.
Massage Therapy: There’s a reason the word therapy is used in connection with massage. Applying pressure to soft tissue creates a release of tension while increasing the flow of blood and lymphatic fluid. This provides therapeutic benefits, such as the easing of tightness and pain, as well as the side effect of making you feel extremely relaxed.
Meditation: Meditation is a simple mind-body practice which has been used throughout the world for thousands of years. The term “meditation” refers to a group of techniques that are known to elicit the relaxation response. This has been shown to be effective for conditions such as anxiety, pain, stress, depression and insomnia, as well as to alleviate some symptoms of chronic illness.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness is about paying attention in the present – on purpose, but without a sense of judgment – because this is what has been shown to dramatically reduce stress and anxiety. Focusing on one thing, instead of multi-tasking, can be learned. Once you practice this, feelings of being overwhelmed will begin to dissipate.
Music Therapy: Music has medicinal value, as decades of research have shown. It is used to reduce pain and anxiety – perhaps before surgery or other treatments – as well as to enhance coping skills when you feel pain or extreme tension. Music therapists have advanced degrees as well as strong musical skills, and through their practice, they can help people re-capture speaking skills (if they have had a stroke, for example) as well as provide uplifting moments that provide emotional and physical relief.
Myofascial Release Therapy: The results of this soft-tissue therapy are often immediate and dramatic. A specially trained therapist uses a hands-on approach to address tightness or immobile skeletal muscles, and release lingering pain. This technique relaxes contracted muscles and improves circulation.
Stress Management and Resilience Training (S.M.A.R.T.): University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network’s S.M.A.R.T. (Stress Management and Resilience Training) Program teaches individuals how to be smarter about their approach to stress in their lives. The program seeks to reduce the negative impact stress can have on a person’s health. We offer programs for adults and also S.M.A.R.T. Teen to help teens build healthy, lifelong coping strategies. The S.M.A.R.T. Program focuses on developing techniques to minimize the physiological and emotional effects of stress. The eight-week interactive series is led by experienced stress management experts, and each session provides strategies for self-care and practical tools to help build stress resilience.
Yoga Therapy: The physical stretching and the holding of yoga poses is combined with breath work and relaxation techniques. It goes beyond fitness, and into healing. Yoga works by increasing body awareness – taking you out of the stress you connect to in your mind – as well as increasing flexibility and strength.
Integrative Psychiatry: The integrative approach applies to psychiatry too, because the issues that people struggle with come from influences that range from biology or environment, some firmly held beliefs, family dynamics and even your personal constitution. Addressing the influences that apply especially to you allows healing to begin.
Naturopathic Wellness Consultation: Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct system of holistic health care that addresses the whole person and the root causes of disease. It supports your body’s innate ability to heal itself through natural therapies.
Osteopathic Sports Rehabilitation Clinic: A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), in addition to the standard medical training, adds a health approach that looks at the biomechanics of the body. The DO uses Osteopathic Manipulation Treatments (OMT) to “jump start” the musculoskeletal system so that your body can heal itself.
Qigong: Qigong pronounced Qi (chee) gong is actually comprised of two words. "Qi", meaning energy or life force and "gong", meaning work or practice. Together Qigong is a life energy practice. It is composed of gentle physical movements, breathing and mind intention.