Dr. Reddy firmly believes that a hug is capable of improving even the worst of situations. Tactile contact can be very therapeutic and can benefit people greatly. At times, people suffering from health issues can feel vulnerable, frightened, frustrated, and helpless. The simple act of giving a hug can reduce stress levels almost instantly by stimulating nerve endings to relieve pain. Evidence shows that in times of financial, social, or other kinds of stress, a hug from a significant other or friend can help transfer positive energy to a person who needs it. The act of hugging is also way to bond with a person and let someone know that you care. It instantly boosts oxytocin levels, which can alleviate feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger. Hugs can strengthen the immune system and boost self- esteem.
Research shows that an average of 8 hugs per day can be incredibly important to a patient. We here at Pacific Coast Medical Group understand the importance of taking the boundaries and comfort levels of patients into consideration, but if you should ever need one, Dr. Reddy and her caring staff are always ready to offer you a warm hearted hug to make you feel a little bit better.