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What is Pediatric Massage Therapy?

qtq80-hWVzqi-300x200 Pediatric Massage Therapy TampaResearch 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.

Pediatric Massage Benefits

Infants

  • Boosts immune system
  • Stimulates brain function
  • Provides sensory and motor stimulation
  • Creates sense of safety and trust
  • Relieves gas, colic, indigestion
  • Promotes better sleep

Toddlers through age 18

  • Provides a sense of relaxation
  • Encourages confidence
  • Promotes body awareness
  • Instills importance of healthy lifestyle
  • Relieves stress
  • Helps prevent and treat injury (sports)
  • Reduced anxiety and tension
  • Reduced pain
  • Improved long-range emotional and cognitive development
  • Improved healing/immune function
  • Relaxation for the parent/caregiver and baby/child
  • Improved gastrointestinal functioning/relief of gas and constipation
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Increased parent-child bonding (when parent administered)
  • Improved focus and attention span

You can easily schedule your next appointment by calling our office at (813) 298-5603 or by booking online.

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