Pedicatric & Infant

dinossage4f6a0Pediatric Massage is massage therapy for young people of all ages—including babies, toddlers, children, and teens. A growing number of young people receive massage therapy to manage chronic illnesses and to improve wellness 1.

Research demonstrates a variety of possible benefits of therapeutic pediatric massage, and many conditions that infants, children, and adolescents face have been examined—including: ADHD, aggressiveness, anxiety, asthma, autism, behavioral disturbances, bulimia, cancer, cerebral palsy, depression, diabetes, emotional distress, HIV, irritability, juvenile arthritis, low birth weight, obesity, pain, preterm infants, sleep disturbances, and stress 2-8.

Research has found that students with ADHD receiving massage therapy showed short-term improvements in mood and long-term improvements in classroom behavior 2.

 

References

  1. Shipwright, S., Dryden, T. 2012. “Pediatric massage: an overview of the evidence.” Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies 17(2): 103-110.
  2. Field, TM, Quintino “Adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Benefit from Massage Therapy”; Field, Tiffany M. 1998. “Massage Therapy Effects.” American Psychologist. 53(12): 1270-81.
  3. Field, TF, Henteleff, T, Hernandez-Reif, M, Martinez, E, Mavunda, K, Kuhn, C, Schanberg, S. 1998. “Children with asthma have improved pulmonary functions after massage therapy.” The Journal of Pediatrics 132(5): 854-858.Escalona, A, Field, T, Singer-Strunk, R, Cullen, C, Harthshorn, K. 2001. “Brief Report: Improvements in the Behavior of Children with Autism Following Massage Therapy.” J of Austism and Dev Disorders 31(5): 513-516.
  4. Field T, Grizzle N, Safidi F, et al. Massage therapy for infants of depressed mothers. Infant Behav Dev. 1996;19:107–112.
  5. Field, T, Schanenberg, S “Bulimic Adolescents Benefit from Massage Therapy.”
  6. Diego, Manuel A., Field, Tiffany, Hernandez-Reif, Maria, Shaw, Kimberly, Friedman, Lawrence, and Gail Ironson. “HIV adolescents show improved immune function following massage therapy.” International Journal of Neuroscience 106(1-2): 35-45.
  7. Field, TF, Henteleff, T, Hernandez-Reif, M, Martinez, E, Mavunda, K, Kuhn, C, Schanberg, S. 1998. “Children with asthma have improved pulmonary functions after massage therapy.” The Journal of Pediatrics 132(5): 854-858.
  8. Field T, Grizzle N, Safidi F, et al. Massage therapy for infants of depressed mothers. Infant Behav Dev. 1996;19:107–112.