A licensed TCM Physician from ECON Chinese Medicine explains the benefits of TCM Child Massage Therapy and how it can boost immunity and combat common paediatric diseases in young children. Read on to find out more.
Child massage therapy, or Xiao Er Tui Na, is steadily gaining popularity amongst young parents in Singapore. For parents averse to treatments that require needles or oral medication, massage therapy presents a safe, gentle and non-invasive form of treatment for their children. Parents no longer wait for their little ones to fall ill before prescribing massage therapy, having discovered its effectiveness in boosting children’s general health and well-being. Growing acceptance of the ancient, tried-and-tested techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine has resulted in massage therapy becoming commonly recognised as a way to strengthen their child’s constitution and immunity, whilst promoting growth and development. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophies, health and wellness are linked to movements of the body’s energy known as Qi moving smoothly through a series of channels beneath the skin. Massage therapy uses hand techniques to improve and regulate the flow of Qi and blood throughout the channels, restoring the body’s natural balance and stimulating its own healing response. Clinical investigations have proven that it can help in the treatment and prevention of paediatric diseases, especially recurrent respiratory tract infection. Treatment efficacy is more significant in younger children, so parents are advised to begin early. Besides improving immunity, child massage therapy has countless benefits, including:
- Boosting growth and development
- Aiding in digestion and stimulating appetite
- Promoting muscle and bone growth
- Relieving stress and improving quality of sleep
- Improving blood circulation and vision; and preventing myopia
- Curing common diseases including common flu, fever, cough, asthma, diarrhoea, constipation, bed-wetting and colic