Massage Therapy can include techniques that treat far more than just sore, achy muscles, but it is often overlooked for other conditions, and can be a very useful tool for parents seeking solutions for some of the problems that afflict their children. Children occasionally suffer from things like muscle pain or headaches that would normally send someone to a massage therapist, but common infant and childhood conditions are often treated successfully by some of the modalities I offer.

Chronic ear infections can be due to the shape of structures near the ear such as short, narrow eustachian tubes or enlarged adenoids, and the child will eventually "grow out of them". But, while we wait for their anatomy to mature, ear infections can be a real ongoing problem.

Opening up restrictions in the tissue of the throat/ear/mouth area can free up the tissue's lymphatic congestion so that it can be moved along by lymph drainage techniques. Free fluid movement is key to treating chronic ear infections. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) can relieve tissue restrictions and Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) moves the fluid to combine very nicely in a gentle, pleasant, non-invasive approach for children and babies.

MLD assists with skin conditions such as eczema and supports the immune system. It helps clean accumulated metabolic wastes, excess water, large protein molecules and foreign substances out of the tissue and promotes a fresh internal environment. MLD can help reduce pain and stress and reduces swelling.

CST addresses, among other things, the fascial network of the body. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds virtually every structure in the body and can hold tension from injury and illness. The central nervous system, the brain and spinal cord, are surrounded and supported by the dural membranes which are fascial in nature and may hold tension and restrictions. The gentle work of Craniosacral Therapy can help relieve these restrictions and be of great assistance to kids with all kinds of special needs including cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and autism.

Both modalities work to relax the sympathetic (fight or flight) response of the body and are very helpful in treating anxiety issues.

Young bodies respond very well to these therapies as the restrictions are new to them and haven't had time to become chronic. Young children are often fascinated by the feel of the work, helping build a positive experience base for future health care visits.

Both Manual Lymph Drainage and Craniosacral Therapy are considered branches of massage therapy and as such, when performed by a trained and licensed massage therapist, are covered by extended health insurance policies that cover massage.