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Therapeutic Touch® and Healthcare 

TT Background and trends

  • 1991 the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) acknowledged a role for complementary therapies which includes TT, in nursing care.

  • 2002 The Complementary Therapies Nurses Interest Group (CTNIG) recognized under the umbrella of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO)

  • The Hospice Association of Ontario  (HAO) used the standards and practices of the Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario (TTNO) as a model.

  • TT is now used in many hospitals, LTC facilities, and hospices. Policies have been developed for its use on an individual facility basis. 


Examples include:

  • Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto, has a Therapeutic Touch program including practitioner screening and preceptorship.

  • The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto has specific TT Policy in place for nurses and interested staff.

  • TT care in hospice care is widespread in Ontario


Applications and Areas of Use

For its effectiveness in reducing anxiety and inducing relaxation, improving pain management, sleep, fostering a sense of well-being, and in reducing the sense of isolation in areas of patient care including:

  • Cancer Care

  • Trauma units

  • Emergency departments

  • Medical and surgical unites – also been successfully intra-operatively

  • End of life care

  • Labour and birth

  • Neonatal care

Emerging Models of care

  • Patient centered, whole person caring during acute care

  • Rehabilitation focus

  • Ambulatory care

  • Community Outreach

  • Prevention, healthy living and survivorship

  • Self-care and self- empowerment


“My mother is feeling much better after receiving her third Therapeutic Touch session with you. Her wounds are healing rapidly. The scar is presenting no signs of infection any longer"

Alison S.

“Thank you Malia for last week's session. I returned home experiencing a sense of wellbeing, a feeling I didn't have in months. I walked home with less pain on my feet."

Gina R.

Resource: Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario. January 2018.

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