Spaulding Cape Cod's Expansion Makes Room for New Wellness Programs

Complementary Therapies Can Enhance the Rehabilitation and Recovery Process

SANDWICH – More and more Americans are using healthcare approaches developed outside of mainstream Western, or conventional, medicine. When yoga or mindfulness are used in conjunction with traditional medicine, that constitutes an integrative medical approach to treatment that Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod is now making available to the community at large. Beginning January 2017, new wellness programming will include Restorative Yoga for All, Meditation and Relaxation for All, and BoneStrong Exercise Program.  Small classes led by experienced Spaulding instructors are open to patients and the general public.  Cost per class is $5, less if a 10-class punch card is purchased. 

“We’re so pleased to offer these complementary therapies to our patients as well as to staff and the community,” says Sharon Gale, PT, MPH, Director of Outpatient Services for Spaulding. “Our beautiful new exercise space is already being utilized for existing Arthritis Exercise and Tai Chi programs.  Small class size will allow for individual attention and modification to accommodate individual differences.  Our goal is to make wellness programming as inclusive as possible; when needed, caregivers may accompany participants at no additional charge.” 

Restorative Yoga for All, led by occupational therapist Meredith Cohen, OTR/L, will begin January 23 and continue Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 pm. Cohen is a Registered Yoga Instructor experienced in helping people with a variety of conditions.  The class is funded by Spaulding Adaptive Sports Program.

“Neurological, physical, mental or emotional impairments don’t have to limit you,” says Cohen. “Yoga can provide an opportunity to experience freedom from your condition.”

Meditation and Relaxation for All is a mindfulness class led by Craig Bautz, Director of Therapeutic Activities at Spaulding Cape Cod. Bautz, a paraplegic and active participant in adaptive sports and recreation, has practiced drumming and meditation for more than fifteen years.

“Simple mindfulness techniques can have lasting and dramatic effects on one’s wellbeing,” says Bautz, who has taught patients in recovery, physically-challenged adults and U.S. veterans. “Meditation can create a more positive state of mind and increase feelings of gratitude, kindness, joy and compassion.” 

Meditation and Relaxation for All classes will begin January 25 and continue on Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

BoneStrong is an osteoporosis prevention exercise program designed to build and maintain strong bones, prevent falls and fractures, and speed rehabilitation. Developed by Physical Therapy Supervisor Laurie Crocker, PT, OCS, COMT, the program uses weight-bearing and resistance exercise to improve bone density and overall strength.  Classes will be taught by Bing Harty, a rehabilitation aide and former personal trainer.

“A typical class will consist of a warm-up, muscle conditioning and light weight-lifting, and a cool down component at the end,” says Harty. “Strengthening will not only help participants improve their ability to undertake daily activities, but also reduce their risk of falls.”

BoneStrong Exercise Program will begin January 25 and continue Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

In addition, Spaulding offers Tai Chi classes Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00-12:00 p.m. and Arthritis Exercise classes Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Participants in any of these Wellness programs may prepay by 4-week session ($5/class) or purchase a universal punch card ($60/10 classes) that applies to yoga, meditation, osteoporosis/arthritis exercise or Tai Chi classes with no expiration date.  All classes take place in the new multi-purpose room at the main hospital.  For more information or to pre-register, call (508) 833 – 4197. 

Spaulding is a member of Partners Health Care, Partners Continuing Care and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. Spaulding Cape Cod is located at 311 Service Road, East Sandwich.  For additional information about Spaulding’s programs and services, visit www.spauldingrehab.org .

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