Pediatric Massage

What is Pediatric Massage?

Massage is beneficial for people of all ages!  Pediatric massage is for kids between the age of 1 and 18.  Of course a massage session for a one year old is a lot different than one for an eighteen year old.  Like all massage at LightTouch Therapeutics, pediatric massage is adapted to the specific needs of the individual. We work within the comfort level of the child and parent to provide the best possible care.

Benefits of Massage for Children and Adolescents

  • Improved muscle tone

  • Improved joint mobility and range of motion

  • Improved respiratory function

  • Improved sleep patterns

  • Improved gastrointestinal function (regular bowel movements)

  • Decreased anxiety

  • Decreased stress

  • Improved concentration and ability to stay on task

  • Decreased pain

  • Assists in the recovery from injuries and accidents

  • Improved posture

  • Decreased aggression

  • Helps to treat and prevent sports related injuries

Benefits of Massage for Specific Conditions

Asthma: reduced hospitalizations, decrease in anxiety and stress hormone levels, improved peak air flow and pulmonary functions, possible reduction in need for inhalers

ADHD: Improved classroom behavior in the areas of the Conners Teacher Rating Scales on anxiety, daydreaming and hyperactivity

Autism Spectrum: less stereotypical behavior and more on-task and social relatedness behavior during play observations, improved sleep patterns

Cancer: release of serotonin and increase in natural killer cells, decreased anxiety and depression

Cerebral Palsy: reduced spasticity, gained more muscle flexibility and motor function and had more positive social interaction

Cystic Fibrosis: Reduced cortisol and norepinephrine levels, improved peak air flow readings

Diabetes: improved compliance with insulin and food regulation, improved mean glucose levels, symptomatic improvement and reduced parent anxiety

Down Syndrome: improved muscle tone and performance on motor tasks

Fibromyalgia: Reduced pain, depression and anxiety

HIV: release of serotonin and increase in natural killer cells, decreased anxiety and depression, increased weight gain, improved performance on the Brazelton Newborn Scale

Leukemia: increased white blood cell and neutrophil counts

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: decreased anxiety

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD): decreased anxiety, increased acceptance of touch, relaxation, possible decreased frequency of meltdowns and feeling overwhelmed

Source: Tina Allen Nurturing Touch for the Growing Child: Pediatric Massage Therapist Certification Manual


The first study to directly evaluate massage therapy for children with cancer in palliative care!

Pediatric palliative care focuses on optimizing quality of life and reducing suffering experienced by children with serious illness. Unfortunately, symptoms experienced by children are frequently under-managed through traditional interventions, resulting in increased suffering and decreased quality of life.

Massage therapy is a low-risk, manipulative body-based physical intervention falling under the umbrella of complementary health approaches. Based on previous research in adult and pediatric populations with chronic illnesses, massage therapy may help reduce symptoms such as pain and fear/anxiety and improve functioning.

Preliminary results from this study are encouraging for the use of massage therapy as an intervention to decrease immediate pain and worry!

To read the full article, here is the link to "Massage therapy for symptom reduction and improved quality of life in children with cancer in palliative care: A pilot study"