The Healing Power of Touch
May is National Cancer Research Month. This May we can celebrate a real
breakthrough for family caregivers in improving the lives of loved ones with
cancer. Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, the study produced and
evaluated a new DVD program called Touch, Caring and Cancer: Simple
Instruction for Family and Friends.
I’ve seen this award-winning program produced by someone whose work I
respect, Dr. William Collinge, and it is truly a beautiful and inspiring
production. The 78 minute video gives viewers expert, step-by-step guidance
in safe and simple techniques of touch and massage that bring comfort and
relaxation to loved ones at home. Eleven caregivers and patients were filmed
receiving the instruction and practicing together. Along with the
outstanding instruction, the couples share their personal stories of how
their newfound skills have raised their confidence and satisfaction in
caregiving. Attention is given to safety precautions so viewers can fully
enjoy this powerful form of support without inhibition.
This study had impressive results: Simply following the DVD, caregivers were
able to reduce patients’ pain, nausea, fatigue, depression and anxiety by up
to 44 percent. Users also reported feeling closer and more intimate than
before. Accompanied by beautiful music, the program is available in English,
Spanish and Chinese versions, and comes with an illustrated manual.
I can’t think of a more satisfying form of caregiving
than touch. And what can be more healing for you and your loved one?
To learn more and see previews, visit partnersinhealing.net/dvd
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