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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




This Park City Pediatric Massage Benefits page is intended to show the possible and often documented benefits of massage
on major body systems.

This page is not intended to provide medical advice.

Some massage is not recommended for certain types of conditions. Check with the primary health care physician first
before massaging your child or taking your child to a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist.








































































Skeletal:

 

  • Aids in supporting good posture and balance
  • Reduces muscle tension that could lead to potential medical problems
  • Increases nutrient flow to bones
  • Increases joint mobility

 

Muscular:

 

  • Relieves muscle tension and spasm
  • Increases the flow of blood and nutrients to muscles
  • Can increase or decrease muscle tone depending upon amount of pressure
  • Can increase or decrease joint mobility depending upon the amount and placement of pressure

Digestive:

 

  • Often relieves constipation
  • May relieve gas
  • Reduces water retention
  • Aids the kidneys and liver in processing the natural by-products of digestion 

  

Respiratory:

 

  • Improves breathing patterns
  • Helps reduce respiratory problems
  • Relieves tension in the neck allowing greater ease of inhalation
  • Relieves tension in the chest allowing the lungs to expand more fully


Circulatory:

 

  • Stimulates blood and lymph circulation (absolutely necessary for overall health)
  • Aids in the movement of carbonic acid (necessary to maintain a balanced blood Ph)
  • Helps strengthen the immune system by stimulating lymphocytes (natural killer cells)
  • Helps increase seratonin levels (stabilizes mood, regulates body temperature, aids in sleep)


Nervous:

 

  • Relaxes and calms (parasympathetic response) or stimulates (sympathetic response) depending on type of massage
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Releases and raises endorphin levels (aids in the body's ability to fight pain, increases positive mood) which act on the the central and peripheral nervous systems
  • Aids proprioception (how the body sees itself in space; it relays info to the spinal chord and brain)
  • Provides a safe and easy release from frustration and hyperactive behavior
  • Relaxes contracted muscles that compress nerves
  • Stimulates Vagus Nerve (sends info to various organs, but mostly tells central nervous system about the organs)

 

Lymphatic:


  • Stimulates lymph circulation (absolutely necessary for overall health)
  • Helps strengthen the immune system by stimulating lymphocytes (natural killer cells)
  • Reduces swelling (edema)

Urinary:


  • Stimulates certain muscle tissues which, in turn, stimulates kidneys to remove metabolic waste from the body

Reproductive:


  • Reduces the negative effects of PMS
  • Reduces excess fluid retention


Integumentary:


  • Dilates blood capillaries of the skin enabling absorption of O2 and vitamins
  • Assists the body in rebuilding tissue (from burns, scars...)
  • Aids superficial blood circulation

Endocrine:

  • Releases and raises endorphin levels (aids in the body's ability to fight pain, increases positive mood)
  • 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