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The gentle application of therapeutic massage assists in creating an environment of healing for children and their families. Children with chronic illnesses or with limited mobility can become stiff and sore, or a child may feel frightened or lonely. The healing touch of a licensed medical massage therapist is comforting, soothing and caring. Scientific research shows it improves circulation, promotes ease of movement and relaxation while reducing pain and anxiety. Massage therapy supports the body’s natural ability to heal. Therapeutic massage may include craniosacral therapy or lymphatic drainage therapy.
Healing touch is an energy-based therapy that supports the body's innate healing capacities. Certified healing touch practitioners use gentle movements of their hands − either lightly touching the body or several inches above it − to soothe and balance the patient. Healing touch assists in creating an environment of safety and harmony to comfort a frightened child. Children and families attest to it helping to relieve pain, promote relaxation, and reduce the anxiety and stress of medical treatments or procedures. Many have also found it comforting for dealing with death and dying.
Research confirms the health benefits of regularly practicing yoga. We offer group yoga on select units and personalized yoga instruction to support your child’s journey to greater health. Our yoga instructors are certified by the Yoga for the Special Child Program. Each private yoga session is gentle and tailored to meet the patient’s needs at the time of the appointment. Sessions may include breathing techniques to quiet the body and mind, gentle postures for strengthening and stretching, practical focusing exercises for relaxation, healing and wellbeing.
Cincinnati Children’s and the University of Cincinnati are partners with community integrative medicine practitioners in Greater Cincinnati to expand access to evidence-based integrative therapies to those seeking a holistic approach to care. We are members of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, whose goal is to improve health outcomes through health promotion, disease prevention with an active focus on well-being and high quality of life for all. For more information about the CICC, call 513-636-6688.
Learn more about integrative care by downloading our brochure.
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