Posted on January 20, 2021
Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis And Other Lung Issues – How Massage Can Help?
Massage therapy can help with a wide variety of ailments, diagnosis and illness, asthma and cystic fibrosis are just a few of them.
Cystic fibrosis has been described as a "chronic hereditary disease affecting the lungs and digestive system of approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States". (CFF.org.) commonly referred to as CF, this clogs the lungs and can cause recurring life-threatening lung infections.
It can also clog the pancreas and stop enzymes. In more than 70% of patients diagnosed before the age of two, this is a real problem in pediatrics and can help pediatric massage.
Anxiety is a large part of the disease associated with cystic fibrosis, asthma and other respiratory problems. The fear of not being able to breathe can actually make it difficult for your child to breathe.
Much of what massage does is relaxation, and most studies show that it reduces anxiety about cystic fibrosis (CF) and other lung problems.
Recently, a study was conducted in which parents massaged their children with CF 20 minutes before going to bed, resulting in decline in both the child and the parents. In addition, it was found that the maximum airflow for children receiving massage increased!
A recent study focused on children with asthma and alternative therapies. One group received relaxation therapy for 20 minutes while the other group received massage therapy (both provided by parents).