Benefits of Theraputic Touch
Therapeutic touch is an alternative medicine that is also called biofield therapy, energy field therapy, or simply TT. This method of treatment uses energy that is directed toward the patient for healing purposes. This occurs without any physical contact between the practitioner and patient. While the treatment has not provided scientific results, it claims to significantly improve a patient’s emotional and mental well-being. TT is often used in conjunction with traditional medicines and treatments. The method is based on the premise that a patient has an energy blockage or imbalance which is related to their illness. TT is promoted and used for several different conditions, including pain, fever, nausea, colic, headaches, and others. Promoters of TT also claim that it is useful for the treatment of diseases, such as cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, asthma, and more. The goal of this therapy is to rebalance and open up the patient’s normal, healthy energy flow.
When using TT the first step is to identify the energy blockages. The practitioner refers to this process as centering, and will work for up to thirty minutes to communicate and locate a block. During the next session the patient remains lying down, fully clothed, with the practitioner passing their hands over the length of the body, never actually touching the patient; in order to identify and remove any blocks. The patient’s energy flow is believed to be restored through this process. The practitioner pulls this energy down from the patient’s head, passing it over the body, and ending with a motion meant to push harmful or negative energy out through the patient’s toes. TT has roots in both religion and a technique known as Mesmerism, which was first introduced by Franz Mesmer. Mesmerism is also based on the energy flow of the patient, however, Mesmer instead referred to these energies as the magnetic forces of the body. The method of Mesmerism is very similar to TT in that the basis of treatment involves using words and movements to restore the patient’s natural balance.
Mesmerism and TT remain popular, often being taught to new nursing students. Many health care professionals know and use this method of treatment in addition to more traditional medicines. Scientific studies on TT conclude this method is not directly related to the cure or treatment of illness and disease. Instead, results of TT are more likely to be found when taking into consideration the overall emotional and mental health of the patient. Sometimes even the presence of a practitioner concerned with helping a patient can promote feelings of relaxation and a sense of well-being.
Mesothelioma and Theraputic Touch
Those diagnosed with cancers such as mesothelioma might be especially interested in learning more about the benefits of therapeutic touch. Mesothelioma exhibits especially long latency periods, normally being diagnosed in the later stages. Because of this, quality of life can be of particular importance for mesothelioma patients. Those diagnosed with mesothelioma and other cancers might consider these types of alternative treatments in conjunction with standard methods.