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Journal of Pain and Symptom Management Volume 54, Issue 2, Pages 259-261 (2017)

Healing Touch: Positively Sharing Energy in a Pediatric Hospital
Meaghann Weaver MD, MPH
Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

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"The perpetuating beauty of teaching therapeutic touch techniques or massage for children and involving caregivers in Healing Touch as part of pediatric palliative care is the inclusiveness of parents or grandparents in these nurturing care modalities. Therapeutic touch cares not only for patients but also cares for the caregiver."

"By funding the presence of a skilled, experienced Healing Touch practitioner, our free-standing pediatric children's hospital integrates body therapies for pediatric patients and their parents as a standard approach to comprehensive, quality, whole-person palliative care."

"With the recent intensity of admission numbers and acuity in our free-standing children's hospital, our palliative care team decided to treat the hospital staff to a 'Caregivers Matter' Day in celebration of National Palliative Care Month...Thus, the pediatric palliative care team arranged a full-day provision of Healing Touch for staff...we recruited a collection of nurses and therapists with formal Healing Touch training to serve at the Caregivers' Healing Touch stations throughout the hospital."

"In reflecting with Healing Touch practitioners, favorite memories from this special day were as follows:

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"An eight-month pregnant nurse received Healing Touch and agreed for the Healing Touch practitioner to focus on low-back pain after whole body energy field manipulation. The Healing Touch practitioner then received permission to provide a special session for the yet-unborn-baby. The energy field for this little bundle of life was magnetic and vibrant for all in the room!"

"A subspecialist physician, an individual who has traditionally been slow to consult the pediatric palliative care team, received Healing Touch and reported afterward: 'Now I see how this helps my patients. Can this be an electronic order in the electronic medical record for my patients?' We marveled at the shift in receptivity."
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