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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2010 Feb;16(1):47-51. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2009.06.013. Epub 2009 Jul 26.

Children's experiences of their participation in a training and support programme involving massage.

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Applied Research Centrein Health & Lifestyle Interventions, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry, UK.


This study reports on a research project that aimed to extrapolate the value of the Training and Support Programme (TSP), involving massage, among children with cerebral palsy (CP). Data gathering included information from interviews with a sub-sample of children and the TSP therapist observation forms. Data were analysed using standard thematic content analysis to identify key themes and issues of importance to children. Results showed that children enjoyed the relaxing aspects of massage and reported a number of improvements in their health such as improved muscle relaxation, mobility and bowel movements, and reduced pain. Future studies may need to explore other ways of extrapolating data from this population and similar populations where communication is impaired due to disability, but at the same time ensure that their views are listened to and acted upon.

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