A recent study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute confirms claims long held by professionals in the massage therapy field: that touch can truly have therapeutic benefits. Caregivers in the study learned touch and massage techniques through an instructional DVD and used the techniques on loved ones with cancer. Most surprising was the magnitude of the benefits, according to lead researcher William Collinge, Ph.D.
The study found significant reductions of the following symptoms when massage was performed by a family member:
The takeaway? Touch is extremely important. Even loved ones residing in assisted living facilities or nursing homes can experience a significant reduction of symptoms and improvement in quality of life through massage.
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