Modern medicine is increasingly learning the benefits of massage therapy. Research has found it to be highly effective for various minor aches and pains. In direct relation to cerebral palsy, research has been shown to reduce the symptoms people with cerebral palsy experience. In short, massage therapy can:
• Help reduce spasticity
• Reduce uncontrolled limb activity
• Improve find and gross motor skills
• Help the child have a more positive mood
Organizations offering massage therapy to clients with cerebral palsy have therapists who have been specially trained to work with people with communication difficulties. As a result, they can read body language much better and know whether or not what they are doing is helping the child.