The calming power of touch for children

How massage can help children

Parents concerned about the health of their children never want to accidentally do something that could be harmful. For example, headlines have warned parents about the dangers associated with taking children to a chiropractor for years.

Reading a headline like that may leave you asking yourself if massage is safe for your child. According to most medical experts, the answer is a resounding yes!

Just think about the most emotionally powerful moments in your life with your child. Was it a lengthy conversation about their t-ball game? Probably not.

It was more likely a touch-based memory. For example, have you ever noticed the way that a hand on the shoulder can instantly calm your child when words can’t? Or the ways a simple hug complexly expresses your bond?

That’s because touch is the most instinctive senses. Massages can help activate that instinct and create a calming, loving sense of mind. In fact, Dr. Tiffany Field of the Touch Research Institute (TRI) in Miami went so far as to say that “every child, no matter the age, should be massaged at bedtime on a regular basis.”

Beyond the calming effect of a massage, medical research has shown that massage therapy can be used to successfully treat a wide variety of childhood issues including:

  • Autism
  • Eczema
  • ADHD
  • Bulimia
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

Massages can also help back pain by relaxing tense muscles and stimulating blood flow to cramped or stiff areas of the back.
If you’re interested in scheduling a massage for your child, contact us today. We can help teach you even more about the myriad of benefits massages offer to children.