What is Chinese Pediatric Massage

Posted by Sophie Quan on 9. Oct 2012

                                                     Chinese Pediatric Massage

                                                             by Sophie Quan

Chinese pediatric massage (CPM), a branch of traditional chinese medicine (TCM), has an ancient history over 2000 years. Nowadays, CPM has attracted more and more attention and recognition from parents in China due to its harmfulness, effectiveness and easy manipulation.

TCM is a type of massage dedicated to children below 12-year to prevent and treat pediatric disease by massaging special points or parts of body that are specific for children. The massage positions and manipulations of CPM are quite different from those for adults. The manipulations should be persistent, even paced, gently touched and yet soft.

The difference between TCM and western medicine is obvious. Western medicine is disease-oriented which means patients with the same disease will receive the same or similar medicine or treatment. In TCM, however, the practitioner diagnose from the individual’s various symptom patterns or status which means two patients with the same disease will receive different treatments. TCM use the principle of whole idea or conception as opposed to focusing on special diseases for western medicine.

As a branch of TCM, CPM follows the principle of TCM. The diagnosis is more delicate and vital task for how to use CPM to effectively treat pediatric ailments, so it is normally done by professional practitioner or TCM doctor with rich experience. After a diagnosis, TCM doctor will give one recipe with a combination of different massage positions together with the duration of each position manipulation. Then the TCM doctor or manipulators (probably trained parents) do the massage manipulation according to the recipe.

There are many types of CPM. Among these, a type called 3-character-type CPM is famous and popular for its effectiveness. Moreover, children are easy to accept this type of CPM because it only focuses on the child’s hands and arms which leave her or him more room to play using the other hand or arm while massaging. In most cases, children quickly relax and enjoy the massage and tend to respond very quickly to massage. For instance, a child with diarrhea will often respond immediately and return to normal bowel movement patterns that day. For another example, a child with a high fever will often have the fever drop before the child leaves the office.

CPM can effectively treat many common diseases which include: night crying, over-eaten, abdominal pain or distension; attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); asthma; bedwetting; (non-traumatic) nose bleeds; bronchitis; chicken pox; the common cold; constipation; infantile convulsions; diabetes; diarrhea; poor digestion; dysentery; earaches; epilepsy; fevers; headaches; jaundice; malnutrition; measles; mumps; night terrors; excess perspiration; phlegm conditions; sore throats; teething; toothaches; frequent urination; vomiting; whooping cough; and many more pediatric ailments.

CPM can treat many diseases, but it is not almighty. Though difficult, parents had better to recognize when the child can benefit from complementary medicine and when the child needs to be treated with western medicine. Children do not have the reserves to fight a prolonged disease like an adult, and some of the pediatric diseases can go from acute to critical, requiring emergency care in just a few short hours. Once a parent becomes familiar with CPM, he/she can make a more informed decision about which treatment modality is appropriate for the child. In most cases, CPM can at least alleviate or even cure diseases without medicines.

Once you know the ability of CPM to effectively treat many child ailments, you can seek quality complementary holistic treatments for infants throughout childhood and beyond.


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