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Considering a Career in Pediatric Massage

by Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
Updated July 2013

Pediatric Massage receives mainstream medical credibility

Many massage therapists just entering the field of massage therapy are looking for a specific focus and place to specialize.  This is why the field of pediatric massage is so exciting.  Now, a modality that hadn’t been spoken of in the past is starting to receive mainstream medical credibility.  This acceptance allows for a massage therapist to truly follow their passion and begin providing massage therapy for children who are healthy or have special healthcare needs.
 



 

Pediatric Massage as treatment for symptoms of debilitating medical conditions

To a child who has been hospitalized, or diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, their symptoms are often accompanied by pain, anxiety, loneliness and fear. So it only makes sense that healthcare staff and medical facilities are looking to pediatric massage as treatment for some of these symptoms.

 

Research has shown Pediatric Massage can ease symptoms in Pediatric clients

Research 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.
 
Research findings show very real benefits to providing massage therapy for children with asthmatic conditions.

Scientific research is useful in documenting the health benefits of massage for children with Asthma.  In one study performed by the Touch research Institute at the University of Miami, children with asthma experienced improved pulmonary function after receiving massage therapy administered by their parents. The parents were taught to provide massage therapy for 20 minutes every night before bedtime. Young children (ages four to eight years) were shown to have decreases in behavioral anxiety and stress hormone immediately after massage. Also, their attitude toward their asthma conditions improved. Children also experienced improved airway caliber and control of their asthma.  These findings document some of the very real benefits to providing massage therapy for children with asthmatic conditions.

 

Pediatric Massage Therapy Teacher training for Professionals

For the massage therapist or healthcare professional considering pediatric massage, there are many considerations to prepare for providing age specific and development appropriate therapy. Further training in pediatric massage is required to feel fully confident working with children within medical institutions.  This additional training can be obtained by attending conferences and workshop related to specific childhood health conditions that you are drawn to working with, and also through specialized pediatric massage therapy training.

 

Considering a Pediatric massage education? Do your homework and research

When considering your pediatric massage education you should do your homework and research.  As this field is just emerging as an accepted modality, it is imperative to find a quality training program from the most current educator.  If you want to be competitive in a field, you must first start with the strongest core foundation to be successful.

 

 

Specially trained Certified Pediatric Massage Therapists

Massage may be a supportive therapy that can be readily applied, most effectively by specially trained massage therapists or by parents who have learned massage techniques from a skilled, educated massage therapist.   Pediatric massage and nurturing touch are the most appropriate massage techniques to use in this population. When using massage therapy for children with cancer, your work does not need to be aggressive to achieve its maximum potential.

 

 

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Specially trained Certified Pediatric Massage Therapists

lkf-cpmt-logo-144pxMassage may be a supportive therapy that can be readily applied, most effectively by specially trained massage therapists or by parents who have learned massage techniques from a skilled, educated massage therapist.   Pediatric massage and nurturing touch are the most appropriate massage techniques to use in this population. When using massage therapy for children with cancer, your work does not need to be aggressive to achieve its maximum potential.

For more information visit Comprehensive Pediatric Massage Training Course (CPMT)

 

 



 

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