Complementary Medicine

Find support at Boston PainCare beyond what you would find in a hospital environment. We make it convenient to add these complementary services to your personal program. Ask our clinicians if these programs might be helpful to you.

  • Graston Technique
  • Reiki
  • Mindfulness Training and ACT

Graston Technique

Graston Technique ® is a method of diagnosing and treating soft tissue problems using Graston Technique Instruments. The GT instruments are stainless steel and are designed as an alternative to manual transverse friction massage. The instruments provide diagnostic tactile feedback to both the clinician and the patient as the instruments act as a focused extension of the clinician’s hands.

The soft tissue pathology most often treated with Graston Technique include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cervical pain
  • De Quervain’s syndrome
  • Epicondylitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • IT band syndrome
  • Joint Sprain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Muscle Strain
  • Painful Scars
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post Fracture Pain
  • Tendinitis

Patients usually receive one or two treatments per week during a 4-5 week period. Most patients have a positive response by the 3rd or 4th treatment.

Benefits of the Graston Technique include:

  • Decreased treatment time for results
  • Quicker rehabilitation and recovery
  • Reduced need for anti-inflammatory medications
  • Patients remain able to engage in everyday activities during the treatment period.

Reiki

Reiki Level I:
Energy Healing and Meditation Stress-Reduction

Reiki (pronounced “RAY-key”) is a practice of meditation and hands-on energy healing originating in Japan that promotes relaxation, stress reduction, health, and well-being. Similar to acupuncture, Reiki is believed to improve pain by balancing and strengthening the flow of energy in our bodies, and by creating a relaxation response in our nervous system. Research studies have suggested that Reiki can be beneficial in the treatment of pain, stress, anxiety, and depression. Reiki treatments can be performed on oneself or on others, making it both an effective coping strategy for pain and a treatment you can share with friends and family.

Major hospitals, hospices, and rehabilitation facilities in the Boston area now rely on Reiki practitioners to provide this beneficial service to patients who suffer from pain and other conditions.

Please note that Reiki, similar to any other complementary treatment for chronic pain, is to be utilized not as a replacement for conventional medical care but as a beneficial adjunct.

In Reiki classes at Boston PainCare Center, patients will learn:

  • How to use Reiki and meditation strategies to cope with pain and reduce stress
  • An introduction to Reiki and its history
  • A review of the benefits and current evidence for the effectiveness of Reiki
  • Breathing techniques for relaxation and stress-reduction
  • Meditation practices for focus and enhancement of energy flow
  • The basic principles of energy medicine
  • How to perform Reiki treatments on yourself and your loved ones
  • Opportunities for you to continue with your Reiki practice and share this gift with others

Participants also receive a series of attunements (offerings of Reiki from the teacher) which offer an experience of Reiki and support in the ability to utilize this energy for the purpose of healing.

Mindfulness Skills and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Boston PainCare offers a 4-part class using Mindfulness skills and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This class will focus on increasing daily activity, improving physical functioning, and managing stress and pain effectively.

  • Improving sleep
  • Coping with emotions
  • Better concentration
  • Improving physical function Improving sleep
  • Coping with emotions
  • Better concentration
  • Improving physical function
  • Managing Stress and Pain
  • Increasing Self Confidence
  • More Positive Emotion

Participants will learn exercises to begin their own mindfulness based meditation practice, and they will learn Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) skills.

These skills will strengthen your ability to respond effectively to thoughts and feelings, allowing you to act in ways that are in line with personal values.

Participants will be introduced to how mindfulness works, and the positive effects it can have on the body and mind. Attendees will also discover new ways to respond to physical, mental and emotional stress.

Over the past 30 years, research on meditation and relaxation has shown regular meditation practice can result in:

  • Reduction of stress and pain
  • Reduction of stressful thinking
  • More self-confidence
  • More positive emotion
  • Better concentration
  • Improved sleep

The class will be held for four consecutive weeks. Each two hour class will include the following:

  • Five minutes of silent meditation
  • Reflections on struggles, successes or questions
  • Skills/Teaching points for the day
  • Workshop activity
  • The mindfulness practice (sitting, walking, standing or informal practice)
  • Discussion
  • Weekly Assignments

Ask us about information on upcoming classes!

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