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

Powell, Lesley A. and Cheshire, Anna and Swaby, Laura (2010) Children's experiences of their participation in a training and support programme involving massage. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 16 (1). pp. 47-51. ISSN 1744-3881

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2009.06.013

Abstract

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.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Life Sciences, School of
ID Code:7368
Deposited On:26 Jan 2010 14:07
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