In this video J Ash PTA, LMT and Dr. Stephen Cain DC discuss all the health benefits of touch as well as ways to get more into your life.



Here are the references for the video:


Boosts Immune system –

Rapaport et al.  A preliminary study of the effects of a single session of Swedish massage on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal and immune function in normal individuals. J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Oct;16(10):1079-88. doi: 10.1089/acm.2009.0634.


Hugs make you more resilient to interpersonal conflict

Murphy et al.  Receiving a hug is associated with the attenuation of negative mood that occurs on days with interpersonal conflict.  PLoS One. 2018; 13(10): e0203522.


Helps w/ constipation and quality of life –

Birimoglu et al.  Effect of abdominal massage on constipation and quality of life in older adults: A randomized controlled trial.  Complement Ther Med. 2019 Dec;47:102219. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2019.102219. Epub 2019 Oct 16.


Hugging associated with fewer infections

Cohen et al.  Does hugging provide stress-buffering social support? A study of susceptibility to upper respiratory infection and illness.  Psychol Sci. 2015 Feb;26(2):135-47.


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