Anti aging guide

Exercises to Improve the Sense of Touch



How to improve the sense of touch with some simple exercises

To improve the function of the different nerve pathways which are involved in the sense of touch try the following exercise:

Sit somewhere quietly with a partner. Close your eyes and ask your partner to give you different objects to feel. Take the object in your hand and guess what it is.

If you want to make this exercise more difficult, try to identify the object by only touching it lightly with your fingertips rather than holding it in your hand. If you can’t guess what the object is, feel it with both hands and notice how many more details you can sense. Items to identify could be pens, coins, different keys, books, banknotes, shoes and so on.

A variety of this exercise involves the same set-up but instead of trying to guess what the item is, you just feel the object and spend a few seconds thinking about its characteristics – hard, round, soft, etc.

Massage helps revitalize the sense of touch. It also lowers blood pressure, helps angina and stress, and increases well-being. ‘Pet therapy’ – touching or stoking a pet – has similar effects. It also strengthens the touch sensors on your hands.

Other Touch Exercises

  1. If you are right-handed, use your left hand for 5-10 minutes every day to write, use keys, switch lights on/off, comb your hair, reach out for things. Left-handed people should use their right hand. This exercise should strengthen the sensory pathways from the hands to the brain.
  1. Take your socks off and sit down with your eyes closed. Use the soles of your feet to feel objects like a book, a mug or a shoe. This will help the brain to open up new channels of information.
  1. Try the ‘Two point threshold exercise’. The two point threshold is the distance by which two very thin rods touching the skin need to be separated before they can be felt as two points rather than one.

You need a partner to perform this exercise. Use two thin rods (non-sharp knitting needles, pencils, etc).

Lie down and close your eyes. Ask your partner to touch you lightly with the tips of the two rods, separated by a distance of 15cm (6 in). You will feel that there are two rods touching you.

Now ask your partner to reduce the distance between the rods, ie bring them slowly closer to each other. Try to guess whether you still feel two rods or one.

Depending on the part of the body being touched by the rods, the distance at which you will stop feeling the two rods and you will only feel one will vary. The average distance if touched in the calf is about 4cm (2in) and if touched on the fingers 0.5cm (1/2 in).

This exercise trains the skin sensors and the nerves carrying information to the brain to be more sensitive to touch. It also trains the brain to be more aware of touch stimulation.

  1. Pottery-making is an excellent way to improve your sense of touch, co-ordination and arm balance. Playing the piano or typing also help in this respect.
Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm