FEATURESTouch the Pain Away New Research on Therapeutic Touch and Persons With Fibromyalgia SyndromeDenison, Barbara MSN, ARNP, HNC, QTTT/PAuthor Information Wichita State University and the Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita, Kan; and the Butler County Community College, Butler, Pa. Ms Denison also has a holistic nursing private practice. Corresponding author: Barbara Denison, MSN, ARNP, HNC, QTTT/P, 6609 S Spencer Rd, Newton, KS 67114 (e-mail: [email protected]). The author acknowledges the Kansas Nurses Foundation for its scholarship and Dr Hugh Riordan for providing the space and infrared imaging equipment that made this research possible. Holistic Nursing Practice: May 2004 - Volume 18 - Issue 3 - p 142-150 Buy Abstract This pilot study tested the effectiveness of 6 therapeutic touch treatments on the experience of pain and quality of life for persons with fibromyalgia syndrome. Its findings support that subjects who received therapeutic touch had a statistically significant decrease in pain for each pretherapeutic to posttherapeutic touch treatment, as well as significant improvement in quality of life from pre-first to pre-sixth treatment. Therapeutic touch may be an effective treatment for relieving pain and improving quality of life in this specific population of persons with fibromyalgia syndrome. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.