Did you know that orphaned babies stop growing and even die from the lack of touch and love? Similarly, researchers have long observed that unconscious patients who are regularly touched recover faster than those who do not receive touch. I can confirm this through my own personal experience of being in a coma for a month, after an accidental fall from the rooftop of our three-story house when I was a kid. The loving touch from my parents kept me alive and fighting for my life. So, touch literally saved my life.
Snuggle, cuddle, hug - it's good for you
Human touch is an essential part of our health and well-being. Throughout the ages, hands-on healing has been recognized as a powerful therapeutic technique. Human touch elicits elevated production of endorphins, growth hormone, and DHEA, all of which lengthen your life span. Touch also lowers levels of stress hormones which can shorten your life. If you want to improve the quality and length of your life, heart felt touch is the way to achieve this. Grandparents cuddling their grandchildren, friends hugging one another, and spouses snuggling up to each other all achieve this beneficial effect.
The stress of losing your sense of touch causes loss of tactile sense.
Touch is not only important for the receiver, it is equally important for the giver. So, what happens when you lose your sense of touch or suffer from neurological damage? How do you overcome or make up for that loss of tactile sense? The loss of normal tactile sense may appear as symptoms of numbness, tingling or burning pain. The first thing you will want to do is look at the medication or substances you are taking. Some types of medications can cause peripheral nerve damage such as chemotherapy drugs, hormonal blockers or drugs to treat Parkinson disease, while other seemingly benign substances like alcohol, nicotine and diuretics can also diminish tactile function. The next step is to go to your internist and rule out a more serious neurological disease or cancer.