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Touch the Pain Away: New Research on Therapeutic Touch and Persons With Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Denison, Barbara MSN, ARNP, HNC, QTTT/P


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.

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:

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.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.