Healing Touch in Healthcare - ICP

Healing Touch is non-invasive and is applied gently. It is a safe treatment and has no reported contraindications. Nurses, physicians, chaplains and other healthcare professionals provide Healing Touch to patients in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

Patients love receiving Healing Touch because it is provides relief. Patients almost always report a noticeable decrease in pain and anxiety, and an increase in comfort - often to the point that less, or no, pain medication is needed.

Nurses enjoy providing Healing Touch to patients because it is an effective pain relief method that is gentle and non-invasive. In addition to reporting increased job satisfaction, nurses report feeling a sense of peace and a deeper connection to their patient after administering Healing Touch.

Nurses appreciate receiving Healing Touch at work because it relieves their stress, headaches and muscle tension. Hospitals offer Healing Touch to nurses at work to provide care and support.  Whether it is administered in a short five or ten minute treatment on the floor, or in a longer relaxation session during a break or shift change, Healing Touch can make a significant difference in a nurse’s health and wellness.

"Pain, stress and anxiety are inherent in the workplace setting. The application of Healing Touch for employees into the workplace can be a method for self-care or 'care for the caregiver'." Hoover-Kramer; 2009 Dayhew et. al., 2009

 

Healing Touch Impacts

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Post-operative recovery
  • Wound healing
  • Heart conditions and high blood pressure
  • Side effects of cancer treatments
  • Sleep quality

Treatment Sessions

Healing Touch sessions can be tailored to the setting and time as needed.

Healing Touch can be administered with the patient in a bed, on a gurney or in a chair.

Healing Touch fits easily into routine patient care. Nurses are taught to quickly identify areas that need attention. In as little as 5 minutes a nurse can bring relief and comfort to a patient using Healing Touch.

Every Department Benefits

Healing Touch is used in all types of healthcare facilities and in all departments.

  • Inpatient care
  • Outpatient care
  • Emergency care
  • Critical care
  • Operative services
  • Cardiology services
  • Oncology services
  • Maternity
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Neonatal
  • Pain management
  • Respiratory care
  • Burn care
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Long term care
  • Hospice care
  • Comfort care
  • Spiritual care
  • Palliative care
 

Healing Touch Utilization

Healing Touch is being provided to patients and employees in a broad range of healthcare facilities across the U.S.

  • Large healthcare systems
  • VA Medical Centers
  • Magnet and Planetree Designated sites
  • Teaching hospitals
  • Cancer Clinics
  • Wellness centers
  • Integrative Care Clinics
  • Hospices
  • Long Term Care Facilities

See a list of facilities providing Healing Touch

 

"In an intense environment dominated by pharmacologic interventions, Healing Touch (HT) offers nurses a non-pharmacologic technique to improve patient outcomes and connection with their patients."(Adelson, Hardwick & Pulido, 2012)
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