Massage Therapy and Autism

According to Autism Canada, “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurobiological condition that can affect the normal function of the gastrointestinal, immune, hepatic, endocrine and nervous systems”. The most common problems an Autism child experience is difficulty in communicating and socializing with others.The latest statistics from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 1 in 68 children has been identified with ASD, which is a 220% jump from the data obtained in 2010.


While various treatments, interventions and therapies are not evidence based, it is important to know that there is no “standard” or “correct” treatments as each Autism patients vary widely in their needs and abilities. Just last month a mother of a 12-year-old Autistic boy told CNN that Pokemon Go is one of the effective treatment for her son.


So what about massage therapy?

Liddle Kidz Foundation Touch Therapy, an organization that offers Autism courses, indicates that massage reduces patients’ stress level and calms muscle spasms through promoting sense of relaxation. It was found that Autism children show less erratic behavior and become more attentive after massage therapy.

Over the long run, massage therapy helps autistic children to become more aware with their body through tactile stimulation. Parents are also advised to practice gentle massage on their autistic children. The attention and sense of touch connect the child to the parent and consequently sooth and de-stress the child.

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If someone you love or some you know would benefit from massage therapy, contact us for details.

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