Touch, The "New" Analgesic
Nowadays, when people experience pain, the vast majority reach for an over the counter pain medication. Most people with a more holistic frame of mind reach for essential oils, homeopathic remedies or other natural remedies before holistic therapies such as massage, chiropractic and acupuncture.
What if we reached for touch first?
A recent study from the University of Boulder in Colorado published in June 2017 demonstrated that:
"... touch is a tool for communicating empathy, resulting in an analgesic, or pain-killing, effect" ~Pavel Goldstein
See full article here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170621125313.htm
Let's briefly revisit the different aspects of touch as mentioned in the post: "Hands Are Needed". Touch is physical, emotional and metaphysical. It imparts feelings of safety/security, nurturing, love, support and empowerment. It is also a very powerful form of communication. Intention alone influences how our body interprets touch. Is it any wonder that it is a powerful analgesic (pain killer)? Combine an intention such as love or compassion (metaphysical aspect) with emotional and physical touch and you have a very powerful tool!
Traditional Western medicine promotes over the counter pain medications such as Tylenol, Advil/Ibuprofen/Motrin, Alleve or Aspirin before prescribing more potent anti-inflammatory or narcotic medications. The quantities of narcotics prescribed is horrifying, and they are often used to placate patients instead of addressing the underlying, often emotional, cause of pain. At my last job in Massachusetts I spent hours weaning patients off large doses of narcotic medications that had been prescribed in this manner. Do these medications, prescribed or not, really solve the root cause of the issue? No, they do not.
Pain in the body is a sign of dis-ease (emphasis added) that has built up over time, perhaps years or even decades. It is our body signaling for help in addressing unresolved traumas or belief patterns we are experiencing.
With Vedic Thai Therapy touch is used as a physical, emotional and metaphysical tool to release past traumas and belief patterns for deep soul healing. The side effects include: pain relief, stress reduction, improved mood, better health and more vitality.
So, if you had to choose, what would it be? A medication that has so many side effects that a pamphlet is included in the box with all the warnings, OR the simple powerful act of touch?
I choose touch.