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 assist recovery from a medical condition or disease, alongside finding 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 across the country and around the world.
In addition, they have a true empathic understanding of how to guide 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, the UH Connor Integrative Health Network team provides specialized services that embrace the benefits of providing healing with a more integrative approach. Services include:
- Acupuncture: This technique applies ultra-fine needles painlessly to the body in order 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.
- Art Therapy: This service involves the use of art materials and art-making as a vehicle of expression, coping, and the fostering of self-awareness and self-reflection. Common goals of art therapy include decreasing stress, anxiety, and pain.
- Chiropractic: This is a health profession that specializes in the evaluation and adjustment of your body’s structural, spinal and neurological systems and their effect on your overall health.
- 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 the 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 their anxiety levels during stressful times, reduce their heart rate, blood pressure and blood glucose levels – and even decrease morphine use for pain after surgery.
- Integrative Medicine Consultation: This service is a great starting point for patients new to integrative medicine. Our integrative medicine consultations provide education and holistic recommendations – encompassing body, mind, and spirit – to help patients develop a personalized care plan, based on individual goals and current health condition(s).
- Integrative Occupational Therapy: Integrative occupational therapy assesses specific performance problems in daily living and applies evidence-based therapeutic approaches to address the client’s goals. Utilizing a self-management approach, a personalized plan of care is created to move patients towards functional goals and interventions.
- Massage Therapy: In massage therapy, 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 a deep sense of relaxation.
- Meditation: Meditation is a simple mind-body practice that has been used worldwide for thousands of years. The term “meditation” refers to a group of techniques that are known to elicit the relaxation response. Meditation has demonstrated effectiveness for conditions such as anxiety, pain, stress, depression and insomnia, and in alleviating some symptoms of chronic illness.
- Mindfulness: The practice of mindfulness trains us to pay attention in the present moment non-judgmentally, and has proven to be so effective that large corporations like Google, General Mills and Aetna offer programs for their employees. Thirty-five years of research have shown that practicing mindfulness can result in reduced stress, decreased anxiety, reduced blood pressure, improved attention, minimized pain sensitivity and improved emotion regulation.
- Music Therapy: Music possesses immense healing value, as decades of research have shown. Music therapy is used to reduce pain and anxiety – perhaps before surgery or other treatments – as well as to enhance coping skills when experiencing pain or extreme tension. Music therapists have advanced degrees in conjunction with 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 for 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.): UH 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 and seeks to reduce the negative impact stress can have on a person’s health. We offer programs for adults as well as 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. Our 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 physical fitness, and into the realm of healing both the body and mind. Yoga works by increasing body awareness as well as increasing flexibility and strength, both physical and mental.
- Integrative Psychiatry: The integrative approach applies to psychiatry as well, because the issues with which people struggle often come from influences ranging from biology or environment, some firmly held beliefs, family dynamics and even your personal constitution. Addressing the influences that apply especially to you better 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 the 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 therapeutic approach that looks at the biomechanics of the body, in addition to the standard medical training. The DO uses Osteopathic Manipulation Treatments (OMT) to “jump start” the musculoskeletal system so that your body can heal itself.