The Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky offers Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ), an ancient form of touch therapy, free to its patients. JSJ practitioner Jennifer Bradley treats patients in a special therapy room or in their chair in the chemotherapy clinic. Research data from more than 450 sessions with 159 cancer patients revealed that all of these patients reported a decrease in stress, pain and nausea levels after JSJ. Based on this pilot data, Bradley’s next study will examine if belief in JSJ, or spiritual beliefs in general, play a role in patient outcomes, as well as the therapy’s impact on specific radiation side effects.
Produced by Research Communications at the University of Kentucky.