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Pediatric Massage Therapy Research: A Narrative Review

University of Miami/Miller School of Medicine, Fielding Graduate University, 2889 McFarlane Rd, Miami, FL 33133, USA
Children 2019, 6(6), 78; https://doi.org/10.3390/children6060078
Received: 17 April 2019 / Revised: 22 May 2019 / Accepted: 3 June 2019 / Published: 6 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Complementary and Integrative Movement Therapies for Children)
This narrative review on pediatric massage literature from the last decade suggests that massage therapy has positive effects on several pediatric conditions. These include preterm infant growth, psychological problems including aggression, gastrointestinal problems including constipation and diarrhea, painful conditions including burns and sickle cell, muscle tone disorders including cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, and chronic illnesses including diabetes, asthma cancer, and HIV. Potential underlying mechanisms for the massage therapy effects include increased vagal activity and decreased stress hormones. Limitations of the literature include the need for more randomized controlled trials, longitudinal studies, and underlying mechanism studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: pediatric massage therapy; infant massage; child massage; adolescent massage pediatric massage therapy; infant massage; child massage; adolescent massage
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Field, T. Pediatric Massage Therapy Research: A Narrative Review. Children 2019, 6, 78.

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