Therapeutic Touch® and Cancer Care
Helping your body to heal itself
Helping your mind and spirit to journey with positive determination
Therapeutic Touch® (TT) is recognized as one of the a complementary and alternative treatments(1) gaining recognition in Healthcare. And TT is also being integrated in a variety of services offering cancer care programs in health centres and hospitals across Canada and beyond.
As a complementary therapy Therapeutic Touch helps to:
Reduce the side effects of treatment.
Increases resilience and the ability to cope with stress, reduces cortisol and pain.
Strengthens the immune system
Improves physical and mental well-being.
Other benefits includes relief from post-operative discomforts and more.
When is the best time to receive Therapeutic Touch?
At the time of diagnosis: Therapeutic Touch helps you relax and balance your mind and body so you can prepare for what lies ahead. During these first weeks, you will want to have a quiet mind to hopefully reach a point of acceptance and be able to fully devote your energy to helping yourself to heal.
During active treatment: Therapeutic Touch can help by reducing the unpleasant and difficult side effects of treatments, such as relieving anxiety, nausea, and pain without interfering with your medical treatments and medications.
It is believed that because of the relaxation and balancing effects on the body, and mind, Therapeutic Touch helps improve your response to treatments by strengthening the body’s ability to heal.
During post active treatments: Many cancer survivors incorporate regular Therapeutic Touch treatments in their Recovery Plan. They do so to support the body, mind, and spirit in the healing process; to boost their immune system, and to slowly gain the strength needed to finally “return to a normal life.”
These regular sessions not only offer relaxation but they also improve mood and help with the side effects of medications you may need to take following your active treatment. This can include improvement in body and bone pain, headaches, fatigue, and depression. During this phase, the goal for including Therapeutic Touch is to continue helping your body by providing a non-invasive and gentle therapy that relaxes and balances your energy fields.
Therapeutic Touch for caregivers.
Cancer also affects loved ones and caregivers in many ways. Often they experience so much emotional distress as the person experiencing cancer. They act as “holding tanks” and feel the tremendous pressure of keeping their emotions to themselves. Husbands, wives, children, and parents also benefit from energy healing therapies to help alleviate anxiety, anger, fear, and frustration so they feel more calm and balanced.
Therapeutic Touch is meant to complement, not replace, conventional medicine.
[I Anne Vitale, “An Integrative Review of Reiki Touch Therapy Research,” Holistic Nursing Practice (July/August 2007):167-176.