Touch the pain away: new research on therapeutic touch and persons with fibromyalgia syndrome

Holist Nurs Pract. 2004 May-Jun;18(3):142-51. doi: 10.1097/00004650-200405000-00006.


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.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Fibromyalgia / nursing*
  • Holistic Nursing* / standards
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Pain / nursing*
  • Pain Measurement
  • Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data
  • Pilot Projects
  • Prospective Studies
  • Quality of Life*
  • Research Design
  • Therapeutic Touch* / methods
  • Therapeutic Touch* / nursing
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome