ERIC Number: EJ691519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Cerebral Palsy Symptoms in Children Decreased Following Massage Therapy
Hernandez-Reif, Maria; Field, Tiffany; Largie, Shay; Diego, Miguel; Manigat, Natasha; Seoanes, Jacqueline; Bornstein, Joan
Early Child Development and Care, v175 n5 p445-456 Jul 2005
Twenty young children (mean age = 32 months) with cerebral palsy (CP) recruited from early intervention programs received 30 minutes of massage or reading twice weekly for 12 weeks. The children receiving massage therapy showed fewer physical symptoms including reduced spasticity, less rigid muscle tone overall and in the arms, and improved fine and gross motor functioning. In addition, the massage group had improved cognition, social and dressing scores on the Developmental Profile, and they showed more positive facial expressions and less limb activity during face-to-face play interactions. These findings suggest that massage therapy attenuates physical symptoms associated with CP, enhances development and should be considered as an early intervention for children with CP.
Descriptors: Therapy, Cerebral Palsy, Early Intervention, Young Children, Physical Therapy, Reading Aloud to Others, Child Development, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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