Sylvia L.G. et al. published their study in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice vol. 20 January 2014 on a patient with comorbid anxiety undergoing deep touch pressure therapy for the exploration of using it as an adjunctive treatment.
The response towards the treatment was positive. Interesting to note, the patient had employed such deep touch pressure strategies on her own before the trial, but without the knowledge that the actions she did was categorized into deep touch pressure therapy.
The patient eventually benefited from the 4 months treatment plan, obtained a higher GAF (Global Assessment of Functioning) score, and could get to work punctually more frequently, as well as meet other social obligations!
Sylvia L.G. et al. also supports that deep touch pressure can produce a calming effect on individuals who have sensory issues, such as those with autism and ADHD.
What is interesting from these findings are that deep touch pressure would incite a calming effect and produce virtually no adverse effects, especially if the deep touch pressure is self-administered and introduced gradually.
Reference: Sylvia LG, Shesler LW, Peckham AD, et al. Adjunctive deep touch pressure for comorbid anxiety in bipolar disorder: mediated by control of sensory input? J Psychiatr Pract 2014 Jan; 20(1):71-7.