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Zei Gezunt with Therapeutic Touch
Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H

 • Description: Therapeutic Touch
 • Statistical Information
 • Symptoms Treated
 • Questions to ask the Practitioner
 • General Tips
 • Products and Services
 • Books and Publications  

Therapeutic Touch also known as “Distant Healing” is an alternative therapy method that promotes healing as well as alleviates pain and reduces stress and anxiety. The practice is based on the theory that all living organisms are made of complex energy fields which extend beyond into the environment. The flow of this energy can become unbalanced, depleted or damaged causing disease or injury. Practitioners of therapeutic touch maintain that they can sense the energy and readjust it, thus restoring health.

Statistical studies show the following:
Therapeutic touch is practiced primarily by RNs. Though there is significant amount of testimonial data reflecting the efficacy of this treatment, scientific studies have been inconsistent due to inherent obstacles in the testing. Researchers rely primarily on double blind trials to determine the efficacy of a treatment. That is not possible with therapeutic touch since the practitioner would have knowledge of what treatment they are providing. Furthermore, scientists claim that all factors can not be eliminated so it can not be a controlled study.

Conditions and Symptoms
The main benefits of therapeutic touch are the reduction of pain, relaxation, and accelerated healing. Therapeutic touch has been shown to alleviate painful conditions such as headaches, cancer pain, and menstrual cramps. In addition, it is very effective as complementary to traditional medical care and other alternative medicine modalities.

Questions to ask the Practitioner
  •  How many years experience have you had utilizing this healing method
  •  What is your success rate  
  •  Certificates and Licenses  
  •  References  

General Tips
  •  Seek the advice of your health provider before embarking on any form of treatment
  •  If you are pregnant or nursing consult your physician
  •  Make sure that you supply your therapeutic touch therapist with a complete and accurate medical history
  •  Confer with your medical doctor first if you have history of mental illness, or head injury

BOOKS & Publications  
 •  Therapeutic Touch Practical - by Janet Macrae 
 •  Therapeutic Touch Your Hands Help - by Dolores Krieger
 •  Therapeutic Touch - by Michelle Kluck
 •  Comfort Touch Massage Elderly and the Ill - by Kathleen Rose

Alternative Treatment Methods
 • Acupressure
 • Acupuncture
 • Aromatherapy
 • Biofeedback
 • Chiropractic Treatment
 • Guided Imagery
 • Herbal Remedies
 • Homeopathy
 • Hypnosis
 • Magnetic Therapy
 • Massage Therapy
 • Meditation
 • Qigong
 • Reflexology
 • Reiki
 • Tai Chi
 • Therapeutic Touch
 • Vitamin Therapy
 • Yoga



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