by Melecia Garcia
Massage Therapy can be used as a specialized tangible method for helping children who are living with any type of disability. Massage has been found to be a treatment for many to help with stress. Many people have yet to discover the multiple benefits of massage for children living with chronic pain, discomfort, constipation, rigid muscles, nerve stress and any condition that manifests from medical conditions.
I have been a massage therapist for children living with multiple diagnosed disabilities for the past 10 years. In this time, I have been able to set goals and objectives to treat many underlying symptoms associated with chronic pain. I have a child who is diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Chronic Fatigue, Lupus, Anxiety, and Ulcerative Colitis who receives massage daily as a method of decreasing the amount of pain associated with his conditions.
Let me share some benefits of Massage as a solution to help your child or yourself. Abdominal massage is extremely beneficial to lessening the amount of chronic constipation, trapped gases, and bloating associated with stagnant bowels. Massage has proven to be an effective method in reducing the amount of taut, stiff, and tense muscles, by lubricating and creating more fluidity in the body. Massage used in conjunction with range of motion techniques has shown to provide a greater opportunity to increase mobility in children who have contractures and scar tissue from surgeries. The most important benefit of massage is reducing the amount of nerve stress by engaging the nervous and endocrine systems that are in charge of producing important chemicals that improve and maintain homeostasis.
I have the pleasure of being able to provide massage as an effective adjunctive treatment for children living with complex conditions. Massage therapy has continued to coexist with traditional medicine, and is bringing new ideas into the mainstream for many types of conditions.
Please note that there are very few massage therapists who specialize in massage therapy for children with complex medical conditions. Should you have any questions or need directives as to proper application to help your child, I have been a Licensed Massage Instructor for many years, and love helping anyone’s children.