Posted by: Rhett Hatfield | March 22, 2009

Massage for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

METHOD: Twenty-eight adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder were provided either massage therapy or relaxation therapy for 10 consecutive school days. RESULTS: The massage therapy group, but not the relaxation therapy group, rated themselves as happier and observers rated them as fidgeting less following the sessions. After the 2-week period, their teachers reported more time on task and assigned them lower hyperactivity scores based on classroom behavior.

Review by Director of Education Rhett Hatfield:
This study shows a lot of merit for the massage industry in general.  In fact in Europe I remember reading an article about how a program in Sweden where teachers taught the children to massage one another.   In those classes there was a significant reduction in aggressive behavior.  Sadly our “no-touch” policies in school of course would present a major challenge in implementing such a program in the US.

Field, T., Quintino, O., Hernandez-Reif, M. & Koslovsky, G. (1998). Adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder benefit from massage therapy. Adolescence, 33, 103-108.

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