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Premature Babies Can Benefit From Massage

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Many adults turn to massage therapy for stress relief, but new research published in the journal Early Human Development suggests that some pre-term infants forced to spend time in newborn intensive care units could also benefit from muscle manipulation.


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Breanna Peltekian's curator insight, October 29, 2014 11:42 PM

This website blog was created by the staff of RedOrbit and it discusses the ways in which massaging premature babies could help them lower their high stress levels, especially in neonatal intensive care units (“Massage therapy,” 2013). RedOrbit does seem like a reputable source because it is a science/health based website, and this particular blog has collected its information from a study done by experts at the University of Utah. They mention in this website that preemie babies’ brains are not fully developed, and neither is their autonomic nervous system (ANS) (“Massage therapy,” 2013). Not having a fully-developed ANS is known to cause stress in the infants (Smith, Haley, Slater, & Moyer-Mileur, 2013). Since massage therapy has been shown to reduce the stress levels of premature babies by stimulating the ANS in order for it to continue developing, a study has been done to test this suggestion. This study used infants and split them into two categories: one group received massage therapy for four consecutive weeks, and the control group did not (Smith et al., 2013). The results were that the male infants who received massage therapy had increased heart rate variability and were able to sleep more after receiving a massage. The female infants did not show a significant change, and were therefore considered unaffected by the massage therapy. The article could be helpful for mothers with male babies, but since the article showed no significant impact with the female babies, the mothers of the female babies may not be helped as much with knowing how to lower the stress levels of their newborns. This study essentially presents a natural way in which the stress caused by the underdevelopment of autonomic nervous systems, which babies undergo in neonatal intensive care units, can be reduced (Smith et al., 2013). As the Myers textbook also discusses, premature babies are able to go home from neonatal intensive care units sooner when treated with massage therapy (2014).

 

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 Massage therapy could reduce stress in pre-term male infants. (2013, May 16). In RedOrbit. Retrieved October 26, 2014, from http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112848621/massage-helps-preemies-lower-stress-051613/

 

Myers, D. G. (2014). Exploring Psychology in Modules (9th ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.

 

Smith, S. L., Haley, S., Slater, H., & Moyer-Mileur, L. J. (2013). Heart rate variability during caregiving and sleep after massage therapy in preterm infants. Early Human Development, 89(8), 525-529. doi:10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2013.01.004

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Complementary Therapy and Hospice

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Complementary therapies such as aromatherapy and massage can do a lot for quality of life for hospice patients.
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Scrub-A-Dubb-Dubb: Getting Rid of Dry Skin Once and for All! - Patch.com

Scrub-A-Dubb-Dubb: Getting Rid of Dry Skin Once and for All! - Patch.com | Complementary Therapy 20 | Scoop.it
Scrub-A-Dubb-Dubb: Getting Rid of Dry Skin Once and for All!
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I loved the almond, coconut, and lavender oil combination. Delicious Scrub Recipe. 1 cup organic cane sugar. 1/3 cup celtic sea salt.
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The Best Core Exercises

The Best Core Exercises | Complementary Therapy 20 | Scoop.it
Core exercises should focus on the entire torso, from head to feet, in order to develop strong, solid core strength.
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Core strength isn't just about having a flat stomach, read this :)

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Sophie Ammar's curator insight, March 18, 2013 12:02 PM

Having a strong core is essential for balance, strength but also for rehabilitation of some spinal problems, especially weakness.

Nichola Smith's curator insight, May 18, 2013 7:08 PM

This should be the basis for any sport.  Also, many of us work in sedentary jobs nowadays so good posture is important to prevent RSI and subsequent loss of income.

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How to incorporate Aromatherapy into your Daily Life | Therese Kerr

How to incorporate Aromatherapy into your Daily Life | Therese Kerr | Complementary Therapy 20 | Scoop.it

Now I always take time out of my day (no matter how busy I may be) to acknowledge my breath, be present in the moment, to breathe deeply & use simple aromatherapy techniques. This is something that I really resonate well ...


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Children's Complementary Therapy Network Conference - Natural ...

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This conference will bring together a range of professionals interested in learning about and advancing the field of complementary therapies and integrated medicine for children. Presentations on pediatric complementary and alternative ...
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