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Helping Those with Chronic Condition

Enduring a serious or chronic illness is not just physically challenging, it is also emotionally and spiritually draining for everyone involved. For these people, traditional health spa would not meet their health needs and may even make their condition worse. People with ongoing health conditions were missing out on a wellness option that could improve their overall well-being. This is why Angelic Health created a wellness program to fill that gap.

This wellness center offers a holistic balance of traditional and alternative care options for those with serious or chronic conditions. These offerings, that embrace the connection between mind, body and spirit, can help alleviate chronic pain, COPD, cancer, heart disease or another chronic or serious medical condition.

Not a spa, this is a unique facility to improve quality of life for people with persistent medical conditions. The Angelic Health Palliative Wellness Center, in Wenonah, provides services and programs designed to help those with chronic conditions or undergoing treatment for a serious illness, maintain a healthy lifestyle. Patients can choose from therapeutic massage, reiki, private yoga, meditation, nutrition, aromatherapy, acupuncture, counseling services and more to improve well-being both physically and emotionally. Some services may be covered by insurance.

Patients are evaluated by a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, (PCNP), who will discuss goals and align services that can best serve the individual’s healthcare needs. “We can prescribe medications to manage your symptoms, order labs and tests when needed, and collaborate with your other healthcare providers,” explains Sheila Lill, MSN, APN, ACHPN, Angelic Health director of palliative care and the palliative wellness center.

The wellness center also provides pharmacogenetic testing, symptom management, coordination of care and advanced care planning. PCNPs can see patients in their home as well. Chaplain and case managers are also available.

If one has chronic pain, knots in the back or neck, fibromyalgia or tension headaches, they may be a candidate for Trigger Point Injection (TPI), also offered at the Palliative Wellness Center. This procedure takes only minutes and can provide patients with relief that can last from several weeks to even months. TPI can be used to alleviate myofascial pain syndrome that does not respond to other treatments and can serve as an alternative to taking medications for pain.

“This treatment can be a very good option for some patients,” adds Lill. “Often patients will combine TPI along with other services such as therapeutic yoga or massage to provide a comprehensive treatment package to control stress-related pain and muscle tension.”

For the TPI procedure, the healthcare provider injects the patient’s trigger point with a local anesthetic and may include a corticosteroid. The injection makes the trigger point inactive and the pain is alleviated. Several sites may be injected in one visit. Patients with an allergy to the medications used can opt for a dry-needle technique which does not inject medications, but uses the needle itself to release the knots causing the pain.

The Angelic Health Palliative Wellness Center is located at 1050 Mantua Pike, Plaza 601, in Wenonah. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call toll free 844-929-0225 or email [email protected]