How can Complementary Therapies help?
people have found that complementary therapies have been
useful in helping to support them during periods of poor
health. Complementary Therapies aim to
address symptoms of illness and disease and their
effects on the physical and emotional aspects of life,
through the complete and balanced treatment of the
person as a whole. There is a summary of the various
types of therapies below.
Why is the Sheffield Centre offering access to
Centre is a long
established charitable organisation in Sheffield
that has been offering free supportive care to people living with
cancer and to their main carer and children. The MND
Care Centre is working in partnership with The South
Yorkshire Branch of the MND Association and Cavendish
Cancer Care, to offer this same form of supportive care,
including complementary therapies, to patients with MND
and to their main carer and children.
In June 2010
we completed a year long pilot
project offering this
service to patients with MND and their main carer,
within the Sheffield catchment area of the Cavendish
Centre. This was in order to gauge the interest in using and
possible benefits of complementary therapies for patients with MND and their carer
and to determine if they would like to access such a
service. The project appears to have shown positive
supportive benefits and has been valued by both patients and carers, we are
therefore now providing this as an
How can I access Complementary Therapies?
If you, or the person
caring for you, do wish to receive support and
complementary therapy services from the staff at
Cavendish Cancer Care or would like further information,
then please contact the Centre directly to offer the
The Cavendish Centre
You can either do this
yourself or ask a family member to do so on your behalf.
You do not need to be referred.
service is provided free of charge and is funded through the
South Yorkshire Branch of the MND Association. It offers
assessment of needs and concerns, specialist help and
support and a range of Complementary Therapies. Although
the service is short term, it is available at times of
particular difficulty with a waiting time of no more
than a few days for the first appointment. This service is available at the
Centre premises and home visits can also be arranged for individuals
who live within a 10 mile radius of the Sheffield MND
Will accessing this service affect the care I receive at
you choose to access this service or not, the care you
currently receive will not change.
This package of care is offered to
patients in addition to and together with, whatever
mainstream healthcare treatment they are currently
information about the Cavendish Centre can be found at
Summary of therapies offered by Cavendish Cancer Care
Complementary therapies aim to restore the natural flow of energy in the
body and to promote and support the body’s
own natural healing process. You will be asked to give
details about your general health and any medication you
are taking before a therapy is offered.
The whole session could last from 15mins to up to an hour,
depending on how you are feeling, but will be stopped at
any time if you feel uncomfortable.
All our practitioners are highly skilled and trained
professionals who hold a recognised qualification in
their therapies. They are also members of recognised
professional bodies and carry personal public liability
After your treatment.
You may feel very relaxed and sleepy after any of the
treatments and if so, it is best to sleep. Others may
find they have more energy and want to use it, but you
should take care not to do too much! You may find you
are thirstier and it is advisable to drink plenty of
water or ensure you have more fluids than normal for at
least 24 hours after all physical treatments and to
avoid any alcohol. Side effects of treatment are very
rare, but if you should notice a rash following
treatment or have any other concerns please report this
to your therapist.
The range of
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, sterile needles at
carefully chosen parts of the body. Most people do not
find the needles painful, although there is a definite
sensation. The treatment takes account of the whole
person, their mental and emotional problems, as well as
physical symptoms and most people who receive
acupuncture report not only improvement in specific
symptoms, but also in a general sense of well-being.
Acupuncture has a well-deserved reputation for treating
pain. It can also help with many other physical
As well as this it can have a positive effect on mood,
so it can be very helpful for people living with
depression or anxiety, or who just feel low or worried.
Aromatherapy involves the use of plant oils, which are
always diluted and then generally massaged into your
Aromatherapy may help to relieve feelings of stress and
lack of energy or self-esteem, by enabling you to feel
relaxed and uplifted. It can also be useful to relieve
skin conditions, pains, tension and cramps, as well as
helping with sleep and digestive problems.
Art therapy is an opportunity to explore intense and
painful thoughts and feelings that may be difficult to
put into words. This is done in a supportive environment
using a variety of art materials to make drawings,
paintings or sculptures, rather than by conversation.
The images you make may be used to communicate personal
feelings that may be difficult to put into words.
Our trained art therapist will be on hand to assist you
and help you with the whole process. You do not need any
When we are going through a bad time most of us want
somebody to talk to, who will listen and accept us in a non judgemental
way. Sometimes it can be easier to talk
to a stranger than to relatives or friends. Counsellors
are trained to listen attentively to you and to help you
try to find your own answers to difficulties or support
you to change
your behaviour or negative thoughts.
This is a system of medicine based on treating ‘like
with like,’ meaning that the symptoms or problems caused
by too much of a substance can also be relieved with a
small amount of that substance. The prescribed remedies are taken from plants, animals
or minerals and diluted many times, usually in water or
alcohol. The remedy is given in the form of tablets,
powder or drops over a set period of time. The intention
of the homeopath is to prescribe a medicine that will
stimulate the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to
restore a healthy equilibrium. This can be on a
physical, emotional and mental level.
This is not like the demonstrations you will see on TV!!
The best way to think about this is as a state of deep
relaxation similar to a daydream in which you are
detached from your everyday cares and worries. You can
then be helped to focus your mind onto things you
might wish to change and the ways to do this, free from
anxious thoughts. You will not be asleep or unconscious
at any time and can be shown how to create this same
feeling for yourself whenever you feel under pressure in
your daily life.
This is called ‘self hypnosis.’
Massage therapy is probably the oldest known therapy as
it is based on simple touch, which we all do as part of
It involves stroking, kneading or gently pressing the
muscles and soft tissues of the body to help you relax
mentally and physically.
Some types of massage are soft and gentle, while others
are more vigorous, depending on what is asked for or
It is possible to just concentrate on small areas of
your body such as your feet, neck and shoulders, as well
as massaging larger areas such as your back.
This is treatment by the use of medicines made from plant extracts
and has been used world-wide as one of the oldest forms of medicine.
Herbalism can be used to effectively treat many symptoms
in the body as well as encouraging the body's own
healing and supportive mechanisms. It may improve both
physical and emotional well-being.
The treatment will start with a comprehensive review of any medicines
you are currently taking, a detailed examination of your diet, general health and
well-being and then the remedy will be made specifically
for you. It is most likely to be in the form of a
tincture (liquid extract of plants) that you take in
small doses and it will be prescribed for a set period
It is believed that different areas in the hands or feet
are linked with different parts of your body. By
applying light but firm pressure with thumb and fingers
to these areas, generally in your feet, the
reflexologist may help to relieve imbalances that have
different areas of your body.
Reflexology may help to relieve feelings of anxiety and
stress and lack of energy or self-esteem, by enabling
you to feel relaxed and uplifted. It can also be useful
to relieve pain and stiffness, tension and cramps, as
well as improving sleep.
This is a simple and natural form of ‘hands –on’ healing
that originated in Japan. The word means ‘universal life
energy’ which is around and within all of us.
You simply lie or sit (fully clothed) and the
practitioner will gently place her hands over or on your
body, in areas where they feel it is most needed.
It is not linked to any sort of belief system. The aim
is to support the body to heal itself.
This is a hands-on healing therapy that originated in
Japan. Energy channels in the body can become blocked
and make you feel stressed or generally unwell. By using
gentle pressure and massaging points of your body or by
stretching movements, the therapy can help to release these blockages
and improve energy flow. Shiatsu may help in a variety
of conditions, acute and chronic, such as back and neck
problems, respiratory, digestive and menstrual
disorders, stress, anxiety and insomnia.