Written by Rob Wright
Research by the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute has revealed that human touch has wide-ranging physical and emotional benefits for people of all age groups. Touch has been shown to lessen pain, improve pulmonary function, increase infant growth, lower blood glucose, and improve immune function. As we age, we tend to touch less, often a result of societal inhibitions. This is unfortunate, as research has found that touch with moderate pressure stimulates a cranial nerve that slows the heart rate and lowers blood pressure producing a relaxed more attentive state.
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