Abstract: Touch the pain away: new research on therapeutic touch and persons with fibromyalgia syndrome

Holist Nurs Pract. 2004 May-Jun;18(3):142-51. Denison B. Wichita State University and the Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita, KS, USA. bdenison@sbcusa.com

This pilot study tested the effectiveness of 6 therapeutic touch treatments on the experience of pain and quality of life for persons with fibromyalgia syndrome. Its findings support that subjects who received therapeutic touch had a statistically significant decrease in pain for each pretherapeutic to posttherapeutic touch treatment, as well as significant improvement in quality of life from pre-first to pre-sixth treatment.

Therapeutic touch may be an effective treatment for relieving pain and improving quality of life in this specific population of persons with fibromyalgia syndrome. PMID: 15222602 [PubMed – in process]

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