Preterm infant massage therapy research: a review
Massage Therapy Research - Evidence Based Massage
How and Why to do Infant Massage?
Journal of Alternative and Integrative Medicine The treatment protocol is known as Qigong Sensory Training QST autism massage and is given daily by parents and weekly by therapists for five months. Treatment reduces the tactile abnormalities that are universal in young children with autism and results in improved social skills, language and behavior.
New research by a team at the University of Warwick says that massage may help infants aged under six months sleep better, cry less and be less stressed. They looked at nine studies of massage of young children covering a total of infants aged under six months. They found the various studies showed a range of significant results including indications that infants who were massaged cried less, slept better, and had lower levels of stress hormones such as cortisol compared to infants who did not receive massage. One of the studies examined also claimed that massage could affect the release of the hormone melatonin, "which is important in aiding infants' sleeping patterns," Underdown said.