the review of two clinical trials, Danish researchers have found that
hand massage appears to calm patients suffering from dementia - the
predominant symptom of Alzheimer's patients. The effects of
dementia are difficult to manage - wandering, difficulty with eating
and bathing, anxiety, confusion and agitation. It is very exciting to
explore treatment methods such as therapeutic touch and massage in
order to assist the relief of these problems naturally. While more
studies are needed to evaluate the effects of massage on patients
suffering from dementia, it is clear that different forms of
therapeutic touch and massage have some very powerful and as of yet
unexplored benefits on the human body.
Source: Reuters. November 8, 2006 | Cochrane Library Online, October 18, 2006.