ERIC Number: ED308687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Massage Therapy in the Treatment of Self-Injurious Behavior.
McEvoy, Christopher; And Others
The report documents the theoretical basis and application of massage therapy, with six students who exhibited self-injurious behaviors (SIB), in two studies. The first study investigated the relationship between physical and/or emotional stress and self-abusive behavior in five severely mentally impaired students. Subjects received two to three 45-minute massage treatments per week. The program appeared to benefit three of the five subjects, who showed both quantitative and qualitative behavior improvements. The two remaining subjects had severe autistic characteristics which made the physical contact of massage therapy difficult. The second study describes a 15-year-old male with severe insomnia as well as very frequent self-injurious behavior. Massage therapy (three or four sessions per week) was added to his behavioral education program. The subject began to sleep 9 to 12 hours per night immediately with the introduction of massage therapy. A substantially decreased incidence of SIB was also observed. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wayne County Intermediate School District, Detroit, MI.