2011 – ADD Massage to Your Life

Posted:Friday, March 31, 2017

Dr. Wanda I. Bonet-Gascot, PhD
Quality Massage and Wellness Research

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder of childhood, estimated to affect between 3% and 5% of school aged children. The core symptoms of ADD/ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. In 2003, The Touch Research Institute published the study based on observation: Massage Therapy improves mood and behavior of students with ADD/ADHD, showing that relaxation and massage techniques reduce anxiety and activity levels in children and adolescents.

The purpose of this case report is to determine if massage techniques improves the behavior of a third grade boy, which was recommended by his teacher to receive ADD/ADHD medical attention. The boy was a candidate to take behavioral medicated drugs. The teacher indicated symptoms of inattention, and hyperactivity and low grades.

The boy received 20 minutes massage including head, neck, and hands / 4 times a week for 8 weeks. After each massage session, a basic questionnaire was answered by the boy. His behavior was observed by his mother, and teacher.

After the 8 week treatment, the teacher indicated a significant improvement in his student behavior and grades. The boy reported improvement in his quality of life and self esteem. The mother of the boy reported satisfaction and mental peace about the fact that his son’s behavior improved without the need of medications. The boy’s behavior was monitored after the eight weeks, and he received massages periodically.

Based on the results of this case report, massage is recommended for kids with ADD/ADHD for behavioral improvement. There are additional implications of this case report: 1) the foundation to conduct further research studies on this topic; 2) massage therapy not only beneficial the receiver also offers satisfaction and reduce stress to caregivers.