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Alternative/Complementary Medical Services

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The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network has been providing Integrative Medicine – also known as Complementary or Alternative Medicine – long before the term came into popular use. Integrative Medicine emphasizes patient empowerment and functional performance. We believe that each person has the resources for recovery and for maintaining health. Techniques such as acupuncture, reiki, and massage therapy help patients harness the power of their own body, mind, and spirit to assist in recovery.

The goal of our Integrative Medicine services is to enhance therapy outcomes by providing you with options for alternative medicine techniques to be combined in conjunction with their current therapy. We aim to assist you with pain and stress management as well as improve flexibility and balance. We believe that learning self-management tools that utilize the healing resources of body, mind, and spirit can empower our patients to more effectively meet their goals.

Services include acupuncture, biofeedback, craniosacral therapy, energy psychology, hypnosis, massage therapy, myofascial release, reiki, t’ai chi, yoga, and meditation. In addition, targeted exercise classes for osteoporosis, arthritis and lower back strengthening are available.

Many people can benefit from Integrative Medicine techniques. These practices can enhance well-being, increase calm, improve sleep, and deepen relaxation. Integrative Medicine techniques are effective for many health issues including anxiety, arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, hypertension, insomnia, pain, Reynaud’s and other circulatory disorders, repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, stress and stress-related symptoms, mild traumatic brain injury and post-stroke recovery.

Related Services

In addition to offering integrative medicine techniques to inpatients and outpatients, Spaulding is committed to working with the community to offer programs and services.

Tong Ren is held each Sunday at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital-Boston and is open to the community.  In collaboration with the Tong Ren Foundation, this technique is offered with research tools to also help Spaulding validate the efficacy of the technique.

Spaulding-Boston also opened a Peace Art Gallery featuring artists with disabilities.


Our Integrative Medicine team includes skilled professionals who are fully licensed to practice their conventional disciplines. Our team includes acupuncturists, massage therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, and nutritionists.

At Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital -Boston, Integrative Medicine is offered to inpatients through a partnership with Pathways to Wellness that includes acupuncture and shiatsu (acupressure massage), at no cost to patients. This service is funded by a grant from the Maynard Family Fund.

The textbook “Integrative Pain Medicine” (Humana Press, 2009) was edited by Drs. Joseph Audette and Alison Bailey of Spaulding Boston’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Rick Leskowitz has published a research article on phantom pain.

The Spaulding Integrative Medicine Task Force has recently joined with the Massachusetts General Hospital Benson-Henry Institute of Mind/Body Medicine to collaborate on research and educational ventures.

The Integrative Medicine services at Spaulding are under the direction of Dr. Rick Leskowitz, who has a longstanding interest in various integrative medicine therapies, in particular meditation, energy healing, and the mechanism of action of these approaches. He also has an interest in subtle energy treatments such as therapeutic touch and reiki.


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Inpatient: 1.617.952.5350

Outpatient: 1.888.SRN.4330

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