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As a leader in Pediatric Massage Therapy, Nationwide Children’s is one of the only children’s hospitals to staff a department of full-time, licensed Massage Therapists. Here at Nationwide Children’s, Massage Therapy is integrated into the patient’s overall plan of care. Because we know that massage helps patients find comfort and get better faster.
Massage Therapy is a form of therapy that uses the gentle application of systematic touch, focusing on specific areas of the body, or the whole body, for the purpose of promoting healing and relaxation. Massage therapy reduces stress, relieves tension and pain and increases the circulation throughout the body. Patients may benefit from feelings of safety, comfort, well-being, enhanced self-esteem, and reduced anxiety and depression.
The Massage Therapy team provides services to patients of all ages who have been diagnosed with childhood disease or illness and functional problems. From initial diagnosis and onset, during treatment and recovery, through discharge, Massage Therapy is involved throughout your child’s entire inpatient medical course. Some of the diagnoses and patients we provide Massage Therapy for are:
As part of the multi-disciplinary Medical Team, the Massage Therapy team evaluates and provides personalized treatment specific to each patient and diagnosis. The Massage Therapy team attempts to involve every patient and family to identify functional treatment goals, which allows for the establishment of an individualized plan of care. Our Massage Therapy team has extensive training in hospital-based massage therapy including specializations and certifications including:
Burns/Scar tissue MT
Fragile Infant/NICU MT
The use of touch, including techniques and passive joint movements within the normal range of motion to promote relaxation, calming, and increased circulation.
The gentle movement of congested fluids in the body to relieve pain, tension and fatigue, and to reduce edema and swelling.
Gentle touch to the head, neck, back, and other joints in the body, having a calming and soothing response on the nervous system. It is used for pain relief, headaches, and overall physical health and well-being.
Read more about the benefits of Massage Therapy in our blog
Massage Therapy: Meet Our Leadership