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Complementary Therapies

Over the past decade, traditional health care providers have been confronted by the public's dramatic interest in and active use of alternative or complementary therapies. These therapies cover a broad range of healing philosophies and approaches to health and illness. They can be defined as treatments and health care practices not taught widely in medical schools, not generally used in hospitals, and not usually reimbursed by medical insurance companies.

Therapies are used alone (often referred to as alternative), in combination with other alternative therapies, or, in addition to conventional therapies (sometimes referred to as complementary). Some therapies are consistent with physiological principles of Western medicine, while others constitute healing systems with a different origin. Some therapies are outside commonly accepted Western medical theory and practice, and others are becoming established in mainstream medicine.

MMC inpatients may request a massage Monday through Friday from a licensed massage therapist, who is also a registered nurse. Payment is due at the time of treatment. With a physician's order, patients can submit the charges to their insurance company for reimbursement. Ask your nurse for more information.

Relaxation instructions and music videos are available to every patient on the new interactive TV system. Patients may tune in to the Relaxation Channel any time of the day or night.

Preparing Your Mind for Surgery 

Often patients have some anxiety and stress when they come to the hospital for a surgical or other type of procedure. Maine Medical Center offers a free class to help you prepare to cope with these feelings.

The relaxation skills that you will learn in this class can help you to recover more quickly. Our program, based on Herbert Benson's Mind Body Institute, will teach you many simple mind/body exercises that will allow to actively take part in. You will have the chance to develop a personal plan that best meets your needs.

Presented by the Division of Nursing and lead by one of our Advanced Practice Nurses skilled in guiding patients through relaxation techniques for therapeutic benefits. These techniques include breathing exercises, music, imagery, and positive thinking. People who use our exercises report the ability to cope better before, during, and after their surgery.

This program will help you:

  • feel calmer before surgery
  • feel less pain after surgery
  • feel more in control
  • recover more quickly

These free pre-op relaxation classes are offered every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 4:00-5:00 PM to all our pre-op and pre-procedure patients. To sign up, please call (207) 396-7280.

A Japanese technique to reduce stress and increase relaxation, Reiki is a gentle laying on of hands or holding the hands just above the body, which allows energy to flow through the hands of the Reiki practitioner into the body of the receiver. Our Reiki practitioners are trained, certified, and caring volunteers who will come to your room to provide your session. You, a health care provider, or a family member may call the Reiki line at (207) 662-4473 to request a Reiki session. To learn more, view the Reiki Program brochure