By DRS. KAY JUDGE AND MAXINE BARISH-WREDEN – McClatchy Newspapers
Of our five senses, touch is the only one that is essential to life. Studies on premature babies have shown a link between holding the babies and better survival rates. Touch has also been linked to many other health benefits – from decreased pain to increased immunity, enhanced alertness and improved performance.
Three new studies on massage reinforce the importance of touch to our lifelong health and well-being: