The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing: A Quarterly Publication of the Royal Australian Nursing Federation
This paper examines the types of touch used in nursing practice and the effects of touch on the body and mind. The effects of two types of touch, therapeutic touch and massage, are evaluated by reviewing research studies conducted by nurses.
Nurses and alternative healers often share a common holistic philosophy of health and healing as well as the use of therapeutic touch. This ethnography compared the concepts of health and healing used by nurses and alternative healers. Seven categories of activities in healing or health domains common to both groups were physical, mental, attitudinal, relational, spiritual, self-caring, and help-seeking. Similarities were in the holistic approach. Differences were found in locus of responsibility and spirituality.
Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
This article argues that in the current setting of nursing practice, therapeutic touch should be treated as a religious practice. The article examines the religious sources of the ideas and documents the connection with the teachings of particular religious groups. Recognizing therapeutic touch as a religious issue requires new kinds of approaches in the practice and teaching of therapeutic touch in nursing.
Therapeutic touch has played an important part in human civilization and continues to contribute to our social relations and individual identities. Therapeutic touch has been a vital component in the development and definition of physiotherapy practice and continues to be one of the profession's principal distinguishing competencies. It is surprising then that while so much has been written about how to perform therapeutic touch techniques, little has been written about the role that these techniques have played in defining physiotherapy's professional identity.
BACKGROUND: The demand for complementary medicine (CM) is growing worldwide and so is the supply. So far, there is not much insight in the activities in Dutch CM practices nor in how these activities differ from mainstream general practice. Comparisons on diagnoses and visit length can offer an impression of how Dutch CM practices operate. METHODS: Three groups of regularly trained physicians specialized in CM participated in this study: 16 homeopathic physicians, 13 physician acupuncturists and 11 naturopathy physicians.