When traditional medication and treatment routes don't help to ease the discomfort associated with chronic pain, some turn to other, less mainstream options. One of these options is touch therapy. As mentioned in a recent article by the American News Report, touch therapy is proving to be effective at relieving pain, stress and nausea associated with cancer. Touch therapy is an alternative medicine technique, practiced for over 5,000 years, in which trained workers use their fingertips to touch and connect over twenty points on the body known as “safety energy locks.” Enabling these body points to connect to each other is suggested to release body energy and allow the body to heal itself. It is most like acupuncture in that both treatments are based on the theory that diseases are a result of energy blockages.
Touch therapy was recently researched by the Lexington Cancer Foundation. In their study, 159 patients were asked to rate their pain and nausea from 0-10 before and after touch therapy. All patients experienced significant reduction in pain after their initial visit and every other visit following, with an average of 2-3 points in pain reduction per visit. These statistics occurred regardless of age, sex, gender, and specific medical diagnosis. It is possible that touch therapy may be useful for other pain-related disorders such as neuropathy or fibromyalgia. More research needs to be done on this topic in order for physicians to feel comfortable using it as a treatment option.
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