BenefitsMassage has many physical and emotional benefits for your child. These benefits include:
- Promoting social, emotional and cognitive development
- Helping your child relax and release tensions of daily stimuli
- Decreasing irritability and excessive crying
- Reducing gas and intestinal difficulties, such as constipation
- Regulating behavioral states and promoting sleep
- Strengthening and regulating primary systems (e.g. respiratory, circulatory, nervous, musculature, digestive and endocrine)
DevelopmentMassage can support development in these five areas:
- Communication skills – promotes emerging speech, direct eye gaze, listening and turn taking
- Motor skills – improves muscle tone and coordination, increases body awareness
- Social skills – encourages child and caregiver to engage one another
- Self-help skills – stimulates oral motor musculature awareness, lip closure, and relaxation of tension needed for swallowing
- Cognition – promotes overall awareness of self and body boundaries, cause and effect, and increase in attention span
Therapeutic massage refers to the process of stroking the muscles using a variety of specialized massage techniques. It includes massaging the legs, feet, stomach, chest, arms, hands, face and back. Massage can be used to provide relaxation, stimulation or relief.
During individualized therapeutic massage appointments with a physical therapist, a child's primary caregivers will learn how to massage the child, what oil to use and why, how to perform strokes for all areas of the body, and how to modify the massage for a special needs child. These appointments can be done with a child of any age who would benefit from therapeutic touch for relaxation or stimulation.
For more information or to request an appointment, please call (804) 228-9268.