Healing Touch therapy (also known as reiki) uses very light or near-body touch to influence the energy field that penetrates and surrounds the body. It can be used to calm and prepare patients for surgery, chemotherapy and other anxiety-provoking procedures. Healing Touch is usually offered as an Integrative Medicine Service, which combines traditional medical practices with complementary non-standard treatments.
Healing Touch therapy is said to facilitate a spiritual connection and often helps clients with emotional distress. It is especially useful for patients who are in pain, but unable to tolerate traditional massage or touch, such as fibromyalgia and burn patients. If you would like to know more about Healing Touch therapy, talk to your Mercy primary care doctor.