The Benefits of Pediatric Massage Therapy
More and more hospitals are offering massage therapy as a complementary treatment for a variety of medical conditions—including pediatric issues. Children often experience fear and anxiety surrounding medical procedures, creating stress and other unwanted side effects related to their illness. Studies show that healthy pediatric touch within the medical system can help build children’s trust and improve their quality of life.
Pediatric massage can encompass a broad range of medical areas, including pediatric intensive care units, orthopedics, cardiac, and palliative care. “We work with kids with breathing disorders, cancer, surgical patients, patients with sickle cell anemia, seizures and anxiety. They benefit from the nurturing touch that provides a caring support during times of crisis. It enforces for the family the importance of touch,” said Center for Integrative Medicine Team Lead Donna Audia, R.N, H.N.-B.C., who is also an integrative care nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Soma Institute in Chicago is dedicated to the powers of touch and has brought together students from all backgrounds to train in the healing arts profession. The only U.S. school that offers a diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy, The Soma Institute believes in massage with a purpose and gives their students the experience they need to succeed in the real world. Find out more about training at the Soma Institute by calling today, at 1.800.694.5314.