A study at Duke University has shown that touch therapy can cut levels of stress hormones, which have been implicated in increasing the risk of a number of diseases. Touch therapy many also increase levels of melatonin and of the feel-good hormone, serotonin.
According to another report from Stanford University. Several studies are showing significant benefits in wound healing, pain and anxiety. It says touch therapy may also have positive effects on fracture healing and arthritis. While touch therapy is used extensively for stress and anxiety and in palliative care, research is now increasingly focusing on whether it can impede the progress of a number of diseases, including depression and cancer.