Healing Touch

healing touch

Neurologists and neurosurgeon will generally agree that there are few modalities for treating the brain-injured patient.  Besides watching and waiting, few medical modalities work to maximize brain injury, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.  They don’t realize that there are dozens of alternative therapeutic modalities that have been in place for many years that can help the brain injured person heal faster and to a higher degree.

The practice of healing touch is considered a holistic energy therapy that makes use of gentle and non-invasive touch that supports the human energy system around the body and within the body.  It is designed to restore healing energy, harmonize the body and balance the energy system of the person receiving the healing touch.  The healing touch techniques usually use the hands to affect the human energy field so that there is healing, an increase in physical health and improvements in emotional spiritual and mental health.  It is considered complementary to conventional medicine and is used in collaboration with traditional modalities to affect healing and health.

How Does Healing Touch Work?

In healing touch, the hands are passed over the body in specific ways, but they don’t even touch the person.  It is using healing energy emanating from the hands to help the brain injured person.  Most hospitals allow healing touch practitioners to work on the patient in that it is non-invasive and “certainly can’t hurt the patient.” In one case,  a brain-injured patient was suffering from autonomic nerve dysfunction, and this would manifest itself in tachycardia (high heart rate) and fever.

The healing energy/touch therapists were called in by the family and, following the treatment, the patient’s heart was erratic at first but then settled into a regular rhythm and temperature.  The doctors could find no explanation for her improvement, but the family was convinced it was the healing touch that improved her signs and symptoms. 

History of Healing Touch

Healing touch was initially developed as an energy therapy by a nurse by the name of Janet Mentgen, who used healing touch therapy since the early 1980s. She and her colleagues developed a vital training program that incorporated her techniques as well as techniques practiced by the aborigines and ancient shamans.

Those who practice healing touch believe that humans are fields of energy continually interacting with other people in the environment.  The goal of this kind of therapy is to purposely make use of the energy interaction between the healing touch practitioner and the patient.  This restores the patient’s energy balance and helps them heal better and faster.

In a session of healing touch, the practitioner calms his or her own mind, centers themselves and makes way for a sense of compassion and being fully present with the patient being treated.  Then the practitioner focuses on his or her intention on the patient’s greater good and places his or her hands very lightly on the patient’s body.  He or she may make sweeping motions above the body.  The practitioner believes that this is the process that aligns and balances the energy flow that has become disrupted by pain, stress, or illness.  Blockages in the energy flow are opened up, so the patient is optimally healing from whatever is wrong with him or her.

Where are the Techniques Used?

This technique can complement other healing methods that a patient might already have tried or been using.  It can be used in hospitals, in-home care, clinics or nursing homes and can be used with music therapy, biofeedback, acupressure, and psychotherapy.  It is not designed to be a cure by itself.

In this long section, I’ve tried to give an overview of the various methods employed by alternative medicine to help symptomology often associated with brain injury. I do not endorse any of the above methodologies although I personally have found many to be helpful. As a holistic attorney, I merely set them out as avenues that have helped many and harmed few.

The video below explains how doctors at Cincinnati Children’s use the healing touch technique to soothe and balance the patient.

Sacramento Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers

I'm Ed Smith, a traumatic brain injury lawyer in Sacramento. The practice of healing touch is considered a holistic therapy that supports the human energy system within the body. If a family member has been injured in a traumatic accident call me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for my free, friendly advice.

We are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

See our client reviews on AvvoGoogle, and Yelp, and our past cases on our Verdicts and Settlements page.

Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 1.12.21]

Image by Mariolh from Pixabay 

Client Reviews
"Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!" Alex & Dinah M.
"Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation." Beverly
"Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything." Annie T.
"Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime." Jeremy M.
"I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone." Shannon D.
"Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury." David M.