At Nemours, we believe in family-centered care — that’s why we’ve made massage therapy services available to children and their families, as well as to the Associates (employees) who take care of them. As part of our commitment to integrative care, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children offers complimentary inpatient massage therapy for your child during a hospital stay, as well as children’s outpatient services for a small fee.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is the gentle manipulation of layers of muscles and connective tissue using various techniques to promote relaxation and wellness. Massage therapy is an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation and hospital programs. It has proven beneficial in health care settings in easing muscular and joint pain, migraines, headaches and stress as well as relieving the effects of depression and anxiety.
When performed by trained licensed massage therapists, massage therapy can provide symptomatic relief from many common conditions that occur while hospitalized. Massage therapy also increases the relaxation response, improves circulation, increases range of mobility, relieves pain, accelerates healing, strengthens the immune system, improves the quality of sleep, and provides a reassuring human touch (lowering the risk of anxiety and increasing feelings of comfort).