Massage, Children, & Adolescents

Massage can be provided to children aged 3 years into adolescence. This time frame encompasses the preschool period, middle childhood, and adolescence, which begins with the onset of puberty, and ends with adult identity and behaviors, which ranges from 12 years to 19 years of age (Feldman, 2013). Advertisements

Massage & Infants

Infant massage is a series of massage techniques customized to fit the needs of the child and the child’s family, according to the General Council for Massage Therapies (1). Infant massage can be taught to parents and caregivers who provide the massage or it can be provided by a massage therapist or other qualified individual.

Massage: Burns, Scars, & Decubiti

PART 5 OUT 5: This article discusses skin injuries of burns, scarring, and decubitus ulcers starting with a description of the condition and following up with massage considerations and a look at evidence-based practice. Please check previous blogs for bacterial infections, fungal infections, viral infections, and inflammatory infections.

Massage & Inflammatory Skin Conditions

PART 4 OF 5: Inflammatory skin infections are common dermatologic conditions. Causes range from allergies, contact with various agents, autoimmunity, and aging. Some conditions are chronic while others are episodic. Pathologies featured in this article include eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, and scleroderma.

Massage & Viral Skin Infections

PART 3 OF 5: There are many viral skin infections that range from mild to the severe. Some viral skin infections affect just the skin and others are associated with systemic diseases.  This article features massage modifications for viral skin infections including cold sores, chickenpox, shingles, and warts.

Massage & Fungal Skin Infections

PART 2 OF 5: Fungal skin infections are caused by dermatophytes called tinea, which thrive on keratin found in skin. This article features massage modification for fungal skin infections including ringworm, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, and jock itch. Bonus material included is how to disinfect contaminated linens.

Massage & Bacterial Skin Infections

PART 1 OF 5: Dermatologic pathologies are featured in a 5-part series grouped by causative factors such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, skin injuries, and inflammation. This article focuses on massage modifications for bacterial skin infections including MRSA, acne, folliculitis, impetigo, boils, and cellulitis. Read on!