Noncontact therapeutic touch resulted in significantly less pain among elderly post-surgical patients, according to recent research.

The study, “Using non-contact therapeutic touch to manage post-surgical pain in the elderly,” involved 90 people with a mean age of about 73 years, all of whom were post-surgical patients. The surgeries performed were primarily orthopedic, such as total hip and knee replacements.

Earlier research showed Therapeutic Touch eased agitation in people with Alzheimer’s Disease. Another research study showed that hand-and-foot massage also eased postoperative pain.

A full research report on “Using non-contact therapeutic touch to manage post-surgical pain in the elderly” will run in the print edition of MASSAGE Magazine’s May issue.

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