Therapeutic Touch is based on ancient healing practices and is a holistic, evidence-based therapy that promotes healing by restoring harmony to a person’s energy fields. The goal of this technique is to help patients relax, relieve their pain and heal faster. Therapeutic Touch may be a useful addition in palliative and hospice care treatments.
Benefits of Therapeutic Touch
This therapy can be used to bring relaxation to the body and promote healing. The main benefits of Therapeutic Touch include:
- Reduces pain and anxiety
- Induces relaxation
- Eases discomfort
- Stimulates the body’s natural healing properties
- Strengthens physical and mental well-being
- Improves sleep
How Does Therapeutic Touch Work?
In Therapeutic Touch, the therapist will begin by calming the patient’s mind. The therapist then places their hands on or near their patient’s body with the intention to help or heal. In this ancient healing practice, the therapists believe that they can redirect the patient’s negative energy and feelings by interacting with their energy field. One study showed that Therapeutic Touch was more effective in decreasing pain and fatigue of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy than the group receiving the usual care. Other studies indicate that “Therapeutic Touch should be considered among the many possible nursing interventions for the treatment of pain.”