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Christine Hodges Santa Fe Massage Therapist

Santa Fe Pediatric Massage


Pediatric Massage as treatment for symptoms of debilitating medical conditions

To a child who has been hospitalized, or diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, their symptoms are often accompanied by pain, anxiety, loneliness and fear. So it only makes sense that healthcare staff and medical facilities are looking to pediatric massage as treatment for some of these symptoms.

Research has shown Pediatric Massage can ease symptoms in Pediatric clients

Research has shown that massage therapy can ease both physical symptoms as well as, emotional discomforts associated with pediatric medical conditions. Studies conducted by the Touch Research Institutes at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine show that massage can alleviate pain, anxiety and depression in pediatric clients. This healing touch therapy also provides comfort, relaxation, reduction of stress hormones and relief from chronic conditions such as asthma, nausea, constipation and muscle aches.


Immediately after receiving massage, children with mild to moderate juvenile rheumatoid arthritis notice decreased anxiety and stress hormone (cortisol) levels. For young patients with Autism their aversion to touch decreases with massage, while their ability to focus increases. Pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis report feeling less anxious, and their ability to breathe and pulmonary functions improved. 


Research findings show very real benefits to providing massage therapy for children with asthmatic conditions.

Scientific research is useful in documenting the health benefits of massage for children with Asthma. In one study performed by the Touch research Institute at the University of Miami, children with asthma experienced improved pulmonary function after receiving massage therapy administered by their parents. The parents were taught to provide massage therapy for 20 minutes every night before bedtime. Young children (ages four to eight years) were shown to have decreases in behavioral anxiety and stress hormone immediately after massage.


Also, their attitude toward their asthma conditions improved. Children also experienced improved airway caliber and control of their asthma. These findings document some of the very real benefits to providing massage therapy for children with asthmatic conditions.


AUTISM / ADD/ ADHD:

Providing massage therapy, nurturing touch techniques, touch therapy, tactile introduction, sensory stimulation & integration for children who have been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Currently, we are in the midst of a global epidemic, where children are diagnosed at an ever growing rate with one of many developmental disorders that includes autism, Asperger's Syndrome, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pervasive development disorder (PDD), and nonverbal learning disorder (NLD).

 

Autism, ADD, ADHD, PDD, NLD, and Asperger's Syndrome were once either unknown or very rare. In 1980, autism diagnoses alone were 1 in 5,000; the most current data from the CDC says it's 1 in 110 children. Boys appear to be affected four times as much as girls, the rate could be as high as 1 in 70. There are many theories, however no one can say exactly what causes autism and its related disorders, including Asperger's Syndrome, an autism- like condition usually without language delay, and various Pervasive Development Disorders (PDDs).


Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) interfere with normal development of the brain in the areas that influence reasoning, social interaction, motor skills, communication skills, and attention. Children with autism spectrum disorders are typically deficient in verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction, and play activities.


Developmental disorders occur across a spectrum, affecting individuals differently; some children lose the ability to speak, some might have motor impairment, and many lack social and emotional awareness. Behaviors range from hyperactivity to serious self-injury. Families and healthcare professionals often report that children may show lack of eye contact, as well as, have an aversion to touch and tactile stimulation. These disorders make it difficult for children with ASD to communicate with others, leading to frustrated social isolation. If left untreated, children do not develop the skills they need to become a fully functioning part of society.


For children with Autism, research has been published indicating that massage may provide relaxation, stress reduction and calm muscle spasms. Research has also demonstrated that this type of intervention may promote more on-task and social relatedness behavior during play, children with ASD show less erratic behavior, and are more attentive after receiving massage therapy. This safe, nurturing touch, along with regular sensory integration, is beneficial in reducing inattentiveness, touch aversion and withdrawal. Over time, touch therapy also helps the child to become more accustomed to tactile stimulation and aides in body awareness. Often by incorporating massage therapy into daily routines, children with Autism experience decreased issues with sleeping.



CHRISTINE M HODGES, LMT#5864, CR, CPMT
CERTIFIED PEDIATRIC MASSAGE THERAPIST  
Specially trained
Massage may be a supportive therapy that can be readily applied, most effectively by specially trained certified pediatric massage therapist. Pediatric massage and nurturing touch are the most appropriate massage techniques to use with a wide variety of special needs.  Contact me today to schedule an appointment for your child.


I am certified by master teacher and philanthropist Tina Allen, Founder of the Liddle Kidz™ Foundation.  Liddle Kidz™ who offers a new, comprehensive, research based training course and teaches students what they really need to know to become an advanced professional in the area of pediatric massage therapy.


Any experienced healthcare professional will tell you that there is a world of difference between learning how to massage a child from a book or DVD, and knowing how to provide the best care to meet a child and families needs, however, there are few opportunities to learn the skills they really need from a working healthcare professional who has provided infant and pediatric massage education throughout the world.


More About My Trainer:   Tina Allen is an internationally respected Pediatric Massage Master Teacher, Developmental Baby Massage Teacher and a Licensed Massage Therapist with specialized training in providing massage therapy for children with special healthcare needs. She understands the varied physical and emotional needs of hospitalized and medically complex infants, children and their families. One of Tina’s passions is bringing the nurturing touch of pediatric massage to as many children as possible. 


I am honored to be certified by the very best, and share in her passion…providing nurturing touch and pediatric massage to as many children as possible in the Santa Fe and surrounding areas!
http://www.liddlekidz.com


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