therapeutic touch

noun

: a technique in alternative medicine that involves passing the hands over the body of the person being treated and that is held to induce relaxation, reduce pain, and promote healing

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Alternative medicine seemed reasonable to me; until a little girl named Emily used real science to debunk therapeutic touch. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 31 Dec. 2010 Gravity, and all weighted blankets, works on the principle of Deep Touch Stimulation (DTS)-a form of therapeutic touch or holding that relaxes the nervous system. Sam Gutierrez, House Beautiful, 11 Dec. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of therapeutic touch was in 1975

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“Therapeutic touch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/therapeutic%20touch. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

therapeutic touch

noun
: a technique often included in alternative medicine in which the practitioner passes his or her hands over the body of the person being treated and that is held to induce relaxation, reduce pain, and promote healing
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