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The London Clinic’s experienced team of Complementary Therapists provide a full range of holistic services to help you relax and improve your quality of life.  Every Complementary Therapist at The London Clinic is highly skilled and clinically trained to work in a multidisciplinary team with our specialist cancer nurses (CNS), and medical professionals.

With the opening of the cancer centre at 22 Devonshire Place in 2010, a new dedicated therapy room opened, extending the therapy service to patients attending for radiotherapy and chemotherapy as well as seeing patients admitted to wards.

Many patients find their cancer affects most of their daily life. Our team offer calming techniques to reduce stress and focus on something other than cancer.

Complementary therapy aims to:

  • Make you sleep better
  • Ease aches, pains and/or headaches
  • Increase energy levels
  • Relieve dry skin and itching
  • Ease side effects such as nausea, constipation, fatigue
  • Make you feel relaxed
  • Ease anxiety and feelings of panic
  • Improve your quality of lifemplementary therapies can help

Complementary therapy may help alleviate some of your symptoms and the side effects related to the treatment of cancer.

AVAILABLE THERAPIES 

Reflexology

Reflexology combines foot massage and gentle pressure with the thumb or fingers on specific pressure/reflex areas in either the hands or feet. It is believed that reflex points on the feet and hands correspond to all of the organs, glands and parts of the body. By applying pressure to reflex points by the therapist, it is thought that blood circulation is improved and encourages the body to relax.

Reflexology is relaxing, calming and balancing for patients and may also reduce certain side effects of chemotherapy.

Aromatherapy massage

Aromatherapy uses aromatic ‘essential oils’ from plants and herbs which are blended with oil or cream applied to the skin. The oils have therapeutic properties that help ease some of the side effects that may be troubling you. This improves well-being through relaxing, de-stressing and invigorating your body and mind.

Gentle massage strokes are applied to hands and arms, legs and feet, neck, shoulders and back using a cream or carrier oil such as almond oil.

Gentle back massage can also be carried out through clothing in which case no cream or oil is used. Outpatients have the opportunity to experience a full body massage if they wish and if it is deemed appropriate.

Patients admitted to the ward will generally be offered a leg and foot or hand and arm massage, it is not always possible or appropriate to carry out back massage when patients are in bed on the ward. Please note that we do not carry out deep tissue massage.

Indian head massage 

Indian head massage uses touch and rhythmic strokes to induce therapeutic effects, including relief from stress, tension, aches and pains.This includes massage to the upper back, neck, shoulders, top of arms, head and face. This treatment is carried out through clothing so there is no need to undress and no oils or creams are used.

Reiki and spiritual healing

 Reiki is a non-invasive and natural complementary therapy that originated in Japan. It is based on the principle that the practitioner transfers energy to the patient to encourage self-healing by relaxing the body, releasing tension and strengthening the body’s immune system.  Reiki brings about a state of relaxation, calmness and well-being. You will not need to remove any clothing for either of these therapies.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I HAVE A SESSION?

At the first session the therapist may ask questions about how you are feeling, what clinical treatment you are undergoing and any side effects or symptoms you may be experiencing.

These questions form a necessary part of helping the therapist make an informed decision as to the most appropriate therapy and in the selection of essential oils for use in aromatherapy. If you have any questions relating to complementary therapy, please ask your therapist who will be happy to answer them.

You may need to remove items of clothing in order to be massaged, in which case towels will be used to cover you at all times. During the session you may sit up or lie down, whichever is most comfortable for you.

HOW LONG DO SESSIONS last?

On the wards, treatment times vary from 15 minutes to a maximum of 30 minutes depending on the therapy used and physical condition of the patient.

We also have a dedicated therapy room where we offer booked appointments of up to one hour for patients attending the clinic for radiotherapy or other outpatient consultations.

AFTER THE SESSION

Patients are advised to have a drink of water after a complementary therapy session. You may feel very sleepy and want to rest for a while, this is normal. On other occasions, you may feel more alert and energetic after treatment.

HOW CAN I BOOK A THERAPY?

If you would like more information about complementary therapy or wish to book, please call 0207 935 4444 extension 8097. An informal chat can be arranged to help you decide on the most appropriate therapy for you. Occasionally it may not be appropriate for a patient to receive complementary therapy. The therapist will advise you if this is the case and you may be able to receive therapy at a later date.

Main switchboard: +44 (0) 207 935 4444

Treatment enquiries: +44 (0) 207 616 7693Consultant appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7693 Prices for self funding patients: +44 (0) 203 219 3315Physiotherapy appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7651X-ray and scan appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7653Invoice and payment enquiries: +44 (0) 207 616 7708

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