Childrens' distress during burn treatment is reduced by massage therapy

M. Hernandez-Reif, Tiffany M Field, S. Largie, S. Hart, M. Redzepi, B. Nierenberg, M. Peck

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Abstract

Before dressing changes, 24 young children (mean age = 2.5 years) hospitalized for severe burns received standard dressing care or massage therapy in addition to standard dressing care. The massage therapy was conducted to body parts that were not burned. During the dressing change, the children who received massage therapy showed minimal distress behaviors and no increase in movement other than torso movement. In contrast, the children who did not receive massage therapy responded to the dressing change procedure with increased facial, grimacing, torso movement, crying, leg movement and reaching out. Nurses also reported greater ease in completing the dressing change procedure for the children in the massage therapy group. These findings suggest that massage therapy attenuates young childrens', distress responses to aversive medical procedures and facilitates dressing changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-195
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Volume22
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 21 2001

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Massage
Bandages
Torso
Therapeutics
Crying
Burns
Human Body
Leg
Nurses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Emergency Medicine

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Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T. M., Largie, S., Hart, S., Redzepi, M., Nierenberg, B., & Peck, M. (2001). Childrens' distress during burn treatment is reduced by massage therapy. Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, 22(2), 191-195.

Childrens' distress during burn treatment is reduced by massage therapy. / Hernandez-Reif, M.; Field, Tiffany M; Largie, S.; Hart, S.; Redzepi, M.; Nierenberg, B.; Peck, M.

In: Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, Vol. 22, No. 2, 21.04.2001, p. 191-195.

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Hernandez-Reif, M, Field, TM, Largie, S, Hart, S, Redzepi, M, Nierenberg, B & Peck, M 2001, 'Childrens' distress during burn treatment is reduced by massage therapy', Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 191-195.
Hernandez-Reif M, Field TM, Largie S, Hart S, Redzepi M, Nierenberg B et al. Childrens' distress during burn treatment is reduced by massage therapy. Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation. 2001 Apr 21;22(2):191-195.
Hernandez-Reif, M. ; Field, Tiffany M ; Largie, S. ; Hart, S. ; Redzepi, M. ; Nierenberg, B. ; Peck, M. / Childrens' distress during burn treatment is reduced by massage therapy. In: Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation. 2001 ; Vol. 22, No. 2. pp. 191-195.
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