Inpatient Services

Inpatient Massage Therapy

marcia_inpatient_msgOsher Center massage therapist Marcia Degelman, CMT provides patients, parents, and medical staff with massage therapy treatments at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at our Mission Bay Campus. Many recipients have commented on how beneficial the treatments have been, including reported reductions in anxiety, depression, insomnia, nausea, and pain levels.

Pediatric Parents and Providers
Since 2003, parents of young patients, including those in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and Pediatric Oncology at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital have been able to receive a chair massage once per week. Once per month, the Pediatric Oncology nurses are also able receive a chair massage from Marcia.

Pediatric and NICU Inpatients

IMG_2224_webIn 2015, Marcia attended the Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Training I and II, as well as Touch Therapy for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, taught by Tina Allen of the Liddle Kidz Foundation. Since then, she  has been providing massage therapy for infants in the NICU, as well as pediatric inpatients, including those in the PICU and Pediatric Oncology wards of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric patients or parents who are interested in receiving massage therapy should inquire with their nurse about requesting a treatment, who will contact the Integrative Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care (IP3) Team. Patients’ doctors will need to approve the treatment in advance. There is no fee for these services, as they are sponsored by our generous donors.

Inpatient Acupuncture

Since 2014, the Osher Center Integrative Chinese Medicine practitioners have delivered inpatient acupuncture at UCSF. Initially starting with the Mt. Zion campus, followed by Mission Bay, and, most recently, Parnassus, our clinicians work with the hospital teams to provide individualized treatments on a limited basis.

Maria Chao, DrPH, has been awarded a PCORI grant to study nonpharmacologic approaches for symptom management in hospitalized patients dealing with cancer. This study includes inpatient acupuncture at Mission Bay.

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