Therapeutic Touch and Chronic Pain Management

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Effects of Integrating Therapeutic Touch in a Cognitive Behavioural Pain Treatment Program

D. W. Smith, P. Arnstein, K. Cowen Rosa, & C. Wells-Federman (Dec. 2002) Journal of Holistic Nursing, 20(4), 367-387

This study explores the addition of Therapeutic Touch treatments to a CBT chronic pain management program, which included daily practice, readings and exercise. Various measurement tools were used to assess pain intensity, the level of interference with daily living, and the subjects’ ability to use specific skills to cope and function (self-efficacy).

“Patients in this study who were randomized to receive TT fared better in terms of enhanced self-efficacy and unitary power, as well as having lower attrition rates. Trends associated TT with less distress and disability.”