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"Touch therapy is one of the best ways to heal the insults to the body, mind, and spirit."
~ Gayle MacDonald, author




There are many possible and often documented benefits of massage on the major body systems:

  • Can increase or decrease joint mobility
  • Often relieves constipation
  • Aids ability to breathe (relieves tension in the neck, upper chest, and abdomen allowing great ease of movement)
  • Helps strengthen the immune system (stimulates lymphocytes - natural killer cells)
  • Relaxes and calms (parasympathetic response) or stimulates (sympatheric response) nervous system depending on type of massage
  • Aids the body's natural ability to fight pain and increase a positive mood (releases and raises endorphin levels)
  • Aids proprioception (how the body sees itself in space, it relays info to the spinal cord and brain)
  • Provides a safe and easy release from frustration and hyperactive behavior
  • Reduces swelling (edema)
  • Reduces the negative effects of PMS
  • Assists the body in rebuilding tissue (from burns, scars...)
  • Aids superficial blood circulation
  • Aids in restful sleep patterning
  • Assists in the balancing of hormones


American Academy of Pediatrics: www.aap.org

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research: www.mayoclinic.com

Juhan D. Job’s Body: A handbook for Bodywork. Barrytown, NY: Station Hill Press, 1987 

University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/massage

Werner, R. A Massage Therapists Guide to Pathology. Third Edition. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Copywrite © 2005 

Touch Research Institute: www.miami.edu/touch-research

Liddle Kidz tm Foundation: www.LiddleKidz.com

www.biopsychiatry.com


Some massage is not recommended for certain types of conditions or situations.

The following is for information purposes only.
It is intended to show the possible and often documented benefits of massage
or touch therapy for children already diagnosed with one of the following conditions or disorders:


ADHD . Aggression .
Anxiety . Asthma .
Autism Spectrum Disorder .
Burn Treatment .
Cancer .
 Cerebral Palsy . Cystic Fibrosis
Concussion/Post Concussion Syndrome/TBI

Dermatitis . Deveoplmental Delay .
Diabetes . Down Syndrome .
Fibromyalgia .
Growing Pains .
Hearing Loss .
Hydrocephalus .
Migraine . Muscular Dystrophy

Orthopedic Injury .
Psychiatric Disorder . Pediatric GERD .
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder .
Spina Bifida .
Terminal Illness, Palliative Care,  
Hospice Care .
Visual Impairments