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Integrative Medicine in Treatment of Inpatients’ Chronic Pain 

Integrative Medicine in Treatment of Inpatients’ Chronic Pain
Integrative Medicine in Treatment of Inpatients’ Chronic Pain

Joseph Walker

, Andree Maureen LeRoy

, Kristianne Seelye

, and Richard Rynaksi

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date: 12 July 2020

Abstract: This chapter describes integrative medicine treatment modalities for managing pain in hospitalized chronic pain patients. Such modalities include acupuncture, massage, energy healing, chaplain services, meditation, and relaxation techniques. Integrative medicine may be used to address and treat aspects of pain that traditional medicine has difficulty addressing, such as stress responses to pain and the individual biopsychosocial impacts of the pain. Selection of a specific treatment modality within an integrative medicine approach should depend on an individual patient’s needs and should be based on available validated evidence. There are relatively few contraindications to ordering and utilizing integrative modalities in an inpatient hospital-based setting.

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