“Nobody wants to have a surgery, but if you find yourself there, your back is your nervous system,” she said. “If you can work on someone’s back, it’s very calming. Then you can use that energy toward healing, not hurting.”
Copeland said the pain has a lot to do with how a person carries themselves when they aren’t feeling well.
“When people are stressed or in pain, we all tuck our chin and lift our shoulders and in the most extreme case we’ll curl into a fetal position,” she said. “For her, it was neck and shoulders and trying to get her head back again.”
Copeland added that certain places on the body can connect a person to a better time.
“If you can get to that occipital ridge (where the base of the skull meets the spine) … our first human touch is supporting the sacrum (the bone at the base of the spine) and the occipital,” she said. “Anytime you touch somebody there, you take them back to that first connection with being here. When you don’t feel alone, you feel comforted and your needs are taken care of.”
Ketterer said massage therapy is another avenue the hospital takes to provide its patients the best care possible.
“We are a place of healing so this is just another way to help a person heal,” she said. “Like Rochelle says, they heal faster when they’re relaxed and this is a perfect way to facilitate that.”
For more information, call 745-3353 or visit the website at www.hendricksregional.org.