Detoxifying Massages and Spas for children with AD/HD

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Wild Rose bush Photograph by Dr Chetali Samant, location Bentonville, Arkansas

Detoxifying procedures like spa, massage, sauna etc can have very good effects in children and adolescents suffering from AD/HD. These therapies when incorporated with the main line of treatment can ensure a steady, positive changes in the behavior of children with AD/HD.  

Two recent studies conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami reported that regular massage therapy can be an effective treatment for kids with ADHD. One study found adolescent boys who received ten 15-minute daily massages were observed by their teachers to be more focused in their schoolwork, and they fidgeted less. In addition, the children rated themselves as happier than those who participated in a relaxation therapy program.

Another study involved kids aged 7-18, 20 percent of whom were girls. Each subject received a 20-minute massage twice a week. They showed immediate improvement in their moods and longer-term behavioral improvement in the classroom. They also reported feeling happier and their teachers found them to be more attentive.

Use of different saunas like ‘Far Infrared Sauna’ has been found beneficial in children. But since children are more prone to dehydration, it should be done under strict supervision of an expert. The Mayo clinic has called it the safest way to use sweating as a means of detoxification. The infrared sauna helps to mobilize toxins stored in the fatty tissue in to the bloodstream. These toxins are then easily thrown away through sweat. Sauna also is known to have a stress reducing effect.

Sunlight Sauna also has good detoxifying benefits in AD/HD. It is inexpensive and makes use of the natural infrared rays in the sunlight to eliminate toxins from the body through sweat. 

Spa therapies like ‘Floatation spa’ are  also beneficial for reducing stress and promoting positive attitude in children with AD/HD.

Aromatherapy can be used in the comfort of child’s own home and is a fairly cost-effective too in comparison to commercial spas. Depending on the age of the child a blend of essential oils of Lavender, Chamomile, Sandalwood and Rose can be used to promote stability, calmness, to reduce anger and to encourage self-esteem. Synergistic blend of Cedarwood, Rose, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Rosemary, Lemon etc can also be used to increase focus, enhance attention, focus and motivation.

Accumulation of environmental toxins being a major risk factor in AD/HD, this type of detoxifying therapies show good results when used in combination with the main therapy.


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