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The latest research on Healing Touch to assist babies, children, and teens with various conditions.   More complete information about these studies is available in the Healing Touch International Research Survey. [MORE...]

Healing Touch as a Relaxation Intervention in Children with Spasticity,  Patricia Verret, MA

The purpose of this study was to implement an intervention that was intended to promote relaxation in children with spasticity, and to describe the effects of the intervention on gross motor functioning. Three 6 to 7-year-old elementary students diagnosed with mild to moderate spasticity in at least one of the lower limbs were included. For Case Study 1, change was evident in weight gain of 2 pounds, increased range of motion, decreased muscle tone, and improvement in three gross motor skill subcategories. For Case Study 2, change was apparent in weight gain of 2.5 pounds, increased range of motion, and improvement in three skill subcategories. Case Study 3 demonstrated behavioral change with an increased range of motion and enrichment in one motor skill subcategory. The mothers' comments included: a more relaxed, cooperative, calm child; tremors in forearms and hands dissipated; more light-hearted, open, tolerant, less impulsive; more coordinated movements; eating and sleeping better; and more task-oriented.

A Pilot Study on the Effect of Healing Touch-Mind Clearing and Magnetic Unruffling on High School Students with Mental and Physical Disabilities, 
Linda Speel, LVN

This study was conducted to evaluate the possible beneficial effects of Healing Touch modalities on students with extreme to moderate physical and emotional conditions. It was done in a classroom of a small high school special day class comprised of students with various disabilities. Three students participated regularly, whereas the other students only occasionally agreed to this treatment. The subjects were asked to describe any experiences during the sessions and how they felt afterwards. Some of the students could not verbally respond, so visual assessment was employed or the teacher or aide would comment. One of the subjects was usually eager for the session and was relaxed or calm afterwards. For another subject Healing Touch produced a calming effect usually stopping his grimacing and spasms entirely in 30 out of 35 sessions and helped him achieve greater extension with his range of motion exercises. Subject 3 would experience cessation of spasms and said she enjoyed it and it made her feel healthy. Subject 4 had relief of headache symptoms and relaxation.

Efficacy of Healing Touch in Stressed Neonates,  Sharon McDonough-Means, MD, Iris Bell, MD, O. Edde

This study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and was conducted at the University of Arizona Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Infants received Healing Touch treatment to determine if it would increase recovery reflected in physiological and biological parameters. The final results have not been reported. Comments from the practitioners in the study included that by the 3rd day they saw a trend for the babies to exhibit more self-regulatory behaviors, be less stressed by care activity, and to go into deeper states of sleep after the sessions. Nurses' comments include noticing a difference to "this is a totally different baby!"

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