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Touch Medicine - a complementary therapeutic approach exemplified by the treatment of depression

Mueller-Oerlinghausen, Bruno and Eggart, Michael and Norholt, Henrik and Gerlach, Michael and Kiebgis, Gabriele Mariell and Arnold, Michaela Maria and Uvnäs-Moberg, Kerstin (2022). Touch Medicine - a complementary therapeutic approach exemplified by the treatment of depression. Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift. 147 :04 , E32-E40
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Abstract

Skin-to-skin-contact presents the earliest sensory experience of men and animals. Deprivation of age-relevant touch experiences during infancy results in compromised psychosocial and biological development. The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded for the discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch. Clinical studies have demonstrated the benefit of professional salutary touch for prevention and treatment of various illnesses. However, in the present practice of medicine the application of salutary touch does not meet adequate interest. Proposing a new medical discipline "Touch Medicine" we link the findings of modern touch research to clinical medicine. The treatment of depression which we conceive primarily as a disease afflicting the body will serve as an example to demonstrate the usefulness of touch therapy. Controlled studies and systematic reviews have convincingly shown antidepressive, anxiolytic and analgesic effects of salutary touch. The effectiveness and efficacy of touch therapy has also been demonstrated in many areas such as neonatology, pediatrics, oncology, and geriatrics. We discuss the underlying mechanisms on various explanatory levels including interoceptive and oxytocinergic mechanisms as well as the role of C tactile afferent nerve fibers.

Authors/Creators:Mueller-Oerlinghausen, Bruno and Eggart, Michael and Norholt, Henrik and Gerlach, Michael and Kiebgis, Gabriele Mariell and Arnold, Michaela Maria and Uvnäs-Moberg, Kerstin
Title:Touch Medicine - a complementary therapeutic approach exemplified by the treatment of depression
Series Name/Journal:Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:147
Number:04
Page range:E32-E40
Number of Pages:9
Publisher:GEORG THIEME VERLAG KG
ISSN:0012-0472
Language:German
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 302 Clinical Medicine > Other Clinical Medicine
Keywords:touch medicine, salutary touch, depression, pre-term infants, interoception, oxytocin, CT afferents, psychoactive massage therapy
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-115163
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-115163
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1055/a-1687-2445
Web of Science (WoS)000754789500002
Scopus2-s2.0-85122212488
ID Code:27819
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:14 May 2022 01:25
Metadata Last Modified:14 May 2022 05:01

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