Integrative & Holistic Medicine

Chase Family Movement Disorders Center has partnered with Hartford HealthCare Integrative Medicine to offer on-site services in our Vernon, Cheshire and Mystic locations.

Integrative Medicine

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What is Acupuncture?

The process of applying needles to the various acupuncture points on the body stimulates the nervous system to release specific chemicals in the brain. It can also strengthen the immune system and increase both the function and quality of people’s lives.

  • Available in our outpatient offices throughout the state
  • Physician referral or order may be necessary, depending on insurance coverage
  • Payment due at time of service - $80 per session
  • Patients: To request a session or find out more information, please call 860.870.6385

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes physical and emotional well-being.

What are the benefits?

The goal of acupuncture is to create harmony within the body by restoring the flow of Qi, the life force in all body functions. If disease occurs when the circulation of Qi is halted, whether by injuries, stress, heat, cold, or other influences, by redirecting the flow of Qi, acupuncture can help cure disease, prevent illness, restore harmony, and provide comfort.

 Used as an Alternative/Complementary Therapy for:

  • Allergies, Asthma, Common Colds, Sinusitis
  • Digestive problems
  • Nausea and vomiting (ex. post-op, pregnancy, chemotherapy-related)
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Ear-Nose-Throat complaints
  • Gynecological issues
  • Musculoskeletal difficulties
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Neurological illnesses (ex. Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, stroke)

Conditions that may be helped include:

  • Headaches & migraines
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Fibromyalgia symptoms
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Depression

What is experienced?

  • The needles used by an acupuncturist are very thin (some are as slender as the diameter of a human hair) and the points of the needle are smooth, not sharp. Insertion by an experienced acupuncturist usually results in little to no discomfort.
  • While the needles are in the body, patients may feel completely relaxed, fall asleep, or feel energized. They may feel sensations of energy traveling through their body, a feeling of heaviness at the needle site, or they may feel nothing at all.
  • Following the treatment many patients feel very relaxed, and rejuvenated and pain is diminished or relieved. The length of relief varies in each case from a few hours to a few days, or complete resolution of pain. 

Patient Eligibility:

If you are interested in acupuncture treatment as a patient of Chase Family Movement Disorders Center, please call 860.870.6385.

What is Massage Therapy?

Therapeutic Massage is the mobilization of soft tissue using effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, compression, vibration, stretching, superficial hot and cold applications, topical applications that involves movement either by hand, forearm, elbow, or foot.

Massage therapy may use the external application and use of herbal or chemical preparations such as: salts, powders, liquids, non-prescription creams, mechanical devices such as T-bars, thumpers, body support systems, heat lamps, hot and cold packs, salt glow or hydrotherapy.

Therapeutic massage can include energy work, movement therapy, massage technology, myotherapy, massotherapy, oriental massage techniques, craniosacral, structural integration, polarity therapy, and myofascial release.

Massage Therapy facilitates a slowing down and quieting of the mind and body, and is important to help keep your body toned, stress free, healthy and strong.

Self-pay at time-of-service:

  • $35 for 30 minutes
  • $70 for 60 minutes
  • $105 for 90 minutes
  • $140 for 120 minutes

To request a session, please call Chase Family Movement Disorders Center at 860.870.6385


  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Enhanced muscle tone
  • Relief of muscle spasm and soreness
  • Improved range of motion and flexibility
  • Reduced edema
  • Increased lymphatic drainage
  • Improved texture and tone of the skin
  • Improved digestion and sleep
  • General relaxation and reduced levels of anxiety
  • Feelings of rejuvenation and a general sense of well-being
  • Mind, body, and soul healing

 Conditions & Treatments:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Circulatory conditions
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Myofascial pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Stress
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)


Patient Eligibility:

If you are interested in having a massage as a Chase Family Movement Disorders Center patient, please call 860.870.6385.

Nutrition Consultations

Consultation visits include comprehensive health histories and review of diet, nutritional supplementation, exercise, stress management, sleep and overall lifestyle.

Work with one of our naturopathic doctors to create customized recommendations to prevent and treat illness with complementary nutrition support. We will understand your needs, review your existing regimen and habits, and tailor a nutritional plan that suits each individual patient. Supplements may be recommended to replenish deficiencies in the body and add nutritional value to an existing diet.

Within the Integrative Medicine practice, we promote wellness by understanding that nutrition and diet are root causes for health dysfunction, and we aim to treat the body as a complex and dynamic biological system. We may focus on changing intake of particular foods, treating deficiencies of particular nutrients, or adjusting eating patterns so that you are eating at the right time of day, in the right portion sizes.

Personalized consults will typically review an existing diet by asking patients to describe their food intake for the past 48-72 hours, and we may provide “diet diaries” for patients to bring home and record their food intake. We will then review at a follow-up appointment and create a personalized meal plan that suits your needs and goals.

Physicians can also assess and order additional laboratory or diagnostic tests to help develop a unique treatment plan that will address ongoing health concerns. Visits to our Integrative Medicine physicians, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRNs) and physician Assistants (PAs), may be covered by health insurance.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 860.870.6385.

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