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Human touch can help blood pressure

A US study found that a caring touch, in a non-sexual supportive way can help reduce stress and blood pressure.

The human touch study

Researchers at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City studied 34 young married couples aged 20 to 39 years.

Only 20 of the couples participated in a 4-week program that encouraged emotional and physical closeness. It included a 30-minute massage (neck, shoulder or forehead) 3 times a week and training on human touch and closeness.

Participants wore portable blood pressure monitors for 24 hours to supply a number of readings. They also completed questionnaires about how often they hugged, kissed, held hands or were otherwise affectionate. The 14-couple control group had testing but not the intervention.

The touch study results

The researchers found that massage and supportive and caring touching lowered stress hormones and blood pressure levels. This was true especially for men.

They also found that human touch enhanced oxytocin, a hormone which acts to calm and counter stress.


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