Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health flu-related visitor restrictions have been lifted. However, because babies, especially those who are ill or premature, are at higher risk of serious complications if they get the flu, visitation restrictions are still in place for all Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) until further notice.
Integrative medicine and palliative care specialists recommend therapeutic massage for children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses. Massage therapy can reduce pain and anxiety and improve some symptoms.
At Riley at IU Health, certified massage therapists offer Swedish style massage using the five basic strokes with techniques that vary from light to vigorous. Each hands-on session is tailored to your child’s age and medical treatment plan. Sessions can vary from an overall gentle relaxation massage to a foot massage, including reflexology or chair massage.
Therapeutic massage has proven benefits, including decreased anxiety, fatigue, joint stiffness, pain and stress. It also helps improve sleep and promotes a general sense of well-being.
All massage therapists at Riley at IU Health are licensed and certified to practice therapeutic massage. You can expect the following from a therapeutic massage session:
Your child’s massage therapy session will last from 30 minutes to one hour. Following massage therapy, your child can resume regular activity.