Having a healthy child means more than just being well physically. Your child's health includes mind, body and spirit. Integrative medicine is a healing-oriented medicine that is evidence-based encompassing the whole child, including all aspects of lifestyle and community. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of both conventional and alternative therapies.
Children's Health and Parents' Wellbeing
The services offered by our specialists also include Take 20-4 You, stress-management coaching for parents who are helping their children through medical treatments, acupuncture for kids, self-hypnosis, biofeedback, therapeutic use of essential oils and Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments (Five Elements nutritional therapy). You will work with medically certified specialists who are both compassionate and experienced — sensitive to you and your child's individual needs.
- Acupressure & Acupuncture for Children
- Shoni-Shin (Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture)
- Medical Aromatherpy & the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils
- Muscle Relaxation & Breathing Techniques
- Five Elements Nutritional Therapy
- Self-Hypnosis for Children
Integrative medicine is growing in popularity among health consumers and is more widely accepted in the traditional medical community; however, insurance companies will not cover all services provided or may allow you to use your flexible benefits program to help pay for these services. It is always best to check with your insurance company first as plan benefits may change.
Our office policy requires that payment for non-covered treatments be made at the time services are rendered.
If there are special circumstances surrounding your financial obligations, please call prior to your appointment to speak with a financial counselor and establish a financial plan that meets your needs. We ask that all our patients sign our financial policy statement prior to the initial appointment.
Before your appointment we ask you to fill out a patient history form for your child in advance and bring all medical records to the first visit. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment. During the first clinic visit, a comprehensive evaluation takes place based on your child's medical history and physical findings. Then a specific treatment plan is suggested and discussed.
During the first session, your child may receive his or her first treatment and techniques to try at home. An initial consultation will usually last 45-60 minutes. Please note that it may take 6-8 clinic visits to see if a particular therapy is working for your child and to make adjustments to a plan of therapy. To enhance the effectiveness of treatment, the following guidelines are important:
- We ask that on the day of the appointment, you and your child do not wear perfume, cologne or scented body lotion. Many of our patients are chemically sensitive or allergic and become ill when exposed to fragrances.
- Your child should not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after treatment.
- Your child should not over exercise within six hours before or after treatment.
- Please plan your activities so that your child can rest after treatment.
- Your child should continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor.
- Drug or alcohol use, especially in the week prior to treatment, will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of the acupuncture/acupressure treatments.
- Remember to keep good notes of your child's response to treatment. This is important so that your doctor can design follow-up treatments most suited to your child
This is a 20 minute weekly program for parents or caregivers to take time for themselves to relax and learn techniques to help them with stress management. Having a sick child can be and often is stressful for a family. Setting aside time for self-care is very important for every caregiver.
Please check-in at the Family Resource Center on the third floor of Primary Children's Hospital to learn more about 20-4 You.