Atopic dermatitis symptoms decreased in children following massage therapy

Lawrence Schachner, Tiffany Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Anna M. Duarte, Josh Krasnegor

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Young children with atopic dermatitis were treated with standard topical care and massaged by their parents for 20 minutes daily for a 1 month period. A control group received standard topical care only. The children's affect and activity level significantly improved, and their parent's anxiety decreased immediately after the massage therapy sessions. Over the 1 month period, parents of massaged children improved significantly on all clinical measures including redness, scaling, lichenification, excoriation, and pruritus. The control group only improved significantly on the scaling measure. These data suggest that massage therapy may be a cost-effective adjunct treatment for atopic dermatitis, since there is a one-time expense of $30 for the child to receive the massage and the parent to learn the technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)390-395
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Dermatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Dermatology

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