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Massage Benefits Kids With Cystic Fibrosis

Massage boosts mood and reduces respiratory problems in children with cystic fibrosis, researchers report. Investigators looked at 20 youngsters with cystic fibrosis, aged 5 to 12 years. The children were divided into two groups. An intervention group received massage therapy from their parents for 20 minutes each night prior to bedtime. Patients in the control group were read to by their parents. At 30-day follow-up, children who received massage exhibited improvement in peak air flow measurements, compared with control participants. In addition, experimental subjects enjoyed decreased anxiety and increased mood, compared with children in the reading group.

Hernandez-Reif M, Field T, Krasnegor J, Martinez E, Schwartzman M, Mavunda K   Children with cystic fibrosis benefit from massage therapy   J Pediatr Psychol 1999 (Apr);   24 (2):   175-181