The other side of the equation. Studies have demonstrated that human touch has incredible qualities to calm the nervous system, steady the mind, decrease the heart rate, and lower the respiratory rate. It is even thought to improve our immune function as well as induce the release of important neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. The biologic and physiologic effects of human touch can be so profound that many integrative physicians include “therapeutic touch” or “healing touch” as part of their care for patients. The physiologic changes that accompany the human touch are thought to be related to an exchange of energy in the form of electrons.
As mentioned above, I have been known to hug my patients, at the end of the appointment. I sometimes hug their family members to thank them as they are the support for my patients but also need support themselves. My main intention is to let them know that I have their back and I am in this journey of health and wellness as their partner. That they are not alone in this and that I truly care about them. I also want to convey Hope and Positivity. So with that being said I will continue hugging my patients as long as their cues say it is OK with them.
Have a Happy and Healthy Week