Good morning Sunflower Room readers! I am uber excited to share about special cases dear to my heart: clients I see with cerebral palsy.
Cerebral Palsy is considered a neurological disorder caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development. This means it’s primarily caused by brain damage. Usually, this damage occurs due to oxygen deprivation before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth. Cerebral Palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning. (Read more about CP here)
I personally have focused on care for those with CP as a licensed medical massage therapist, due to a dear friend of mine that has lived with CP since childhood. He is truly wonderful as a friend and a client – his spirit is so strong even though his body aches, and he spends most of his time on bedrest, or in his wheelchair. I see first-hand that my clients with cerebral palsy undergo intense medical care. Some of them even use practices not usually turned to in modern practice to relieve the intense pain in their joints and muscles.
Through practicing, I’ve found that medical massage is particularly helpful for patients with CP. Medical massage calms the neurological transmitters for these patients to elevate serotonin levels and allow calmness and physical rest to enter the body. My clients’ families notice immediately after a massage session that their loved ones’ arms and legs will move easier and more freely. There is a warm flush of blood flow to the patient’s limbs, which also helps significantly with the movement of nutrients within the body. Because every patient is different, focusing on their care means ensuring that I am working on custom treatment plans for each client I work with. That’s no different when I’m working with patients who have CP. The families of children with this condition usually ask for custom appointments – sometimes that means changing the session length, or changing the session location. I am always more than happy to come to the homes of patients with these disorders, as I know how difficult it can be to maneuver inaccessible spaces to get to treatment rooms.
I have seen in my clients how the calm and slow rhythmic compression and other soft manipulation through therapeutic touch truly helps to stimulate positive effects in the body. If you know or have a loved one that has been diagnosed with this condition, and you’re considering adding massage therapy to their treatment plan, please message me or call. My contact info can be found HERE. I would love to take time to speak with you and to help aid those living with this condition. Thank you for taking the time to read this topic which is near and dear to my heart. Thank you and until next time.
Alina T.Maury LMT.