Pediatrics (under age 12)
Although Children always have a guardian present I engage the child directly during intake and care. They usually can articulate what’s going on in their body pretty well. Mom, dad or a guardian is a good resource to fill in details.
A typical session for children is about 30 minutes, they remain fully clothed, I engage in conversation about their muscles, discomfort, and relief. I always get permission to work on a particular area or muscle and with a pressure or technique that feels positive for them.
It is always my goal to provide a safe, educational, friendly and effective session. Children respond very well and quickly from clinical bodywork and massage.
Back packs and the load children carryOriginal Content by Deanna Straub CMT April 2012
Heavy back packs have become the norm for children to haul their books, lunch, sport uniforms, and all manner of supplies needed in the day and life of a youngster. In health care practices we are seeing dysfunctional postures; neck, shoulder and back pain relating to carrying to heavy a load in the back pack. The boney structures and supporting soft tissues of the human body form and grow well into the age of 18 for females and around 21 for males. The relevance is the impact on the younger developing body. The muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments can form dysfunctional bonds on a cellular level from the strain of an inappropriate load on the developing anatomical structure.
Prevent avoidable soft tissue and posture dysfunctions. Specific muscle work can decompress the joints affected, soften and heal over worked muscles, and relieve pain. Ultimately, carrying a lighter load or rolling the back pack will negate future problems that can develop due to overstretched ligaments and chronic muscular strain.
Sprains and healed fracturesOriginal Content by Deanna Straub CMT April 2012
When an ankle or wrist are sprained or a fracture of the foot or leg happen, specific muscle therapy to the injured and supporting tissues will speed recovery and promote normal range of motion during the process of healing.
Massage as therapy is a perfect adjunct to physical therapy or an at home recovery program. I can even show mom, dad and patient easy self care techniques to do at home. It’s simple and many young people are eager to “do it themselves”, especially when they experience the results.
AsthmaOriginal Content by Deanna Straub CMT April 2012
Massage Therapy applied as specific muscle work is very effective in releasing the accessory muscles that seize up as a result of acute or chronic asthma. These tissue areas can include the neck, shoulders, back, jaw, face, cranium soft tissue, and the muscles between the ribs.