Children

Thomson Chinese Medicine offers gentle, holistic paediatric massage therapy for children between 6 months and 12 years old. Our treatments, combined with herbal packs for external use, aim to improve your child’s delicate constitution and reduce their tendency to fall sick.

Common Conditions

Digestion

When children experience poor digestion, it affects nutrient absorption and may slow down their growth and development. Some common digestive issues seen in children are:

  • Indigestion
  • Poor eating habits (e.g. picky eaters)
  • Stomach flu
  • Constipation or diarrhoea

Paediatric massage focusing on acupoints along the Spleen and Stomach meridian channels, and gentle massage on these areas effectively boosts digestion. Our physicians may also prescribe herbal packs for your child, and these should be placed on the belly button or soles of the feet to help with digestion and assimilation of food.

Respiratory

Young children tend to have weaker immune systems and are prone to respiratory issues such as:

  • Common cold
  • Flu
  • Allergies
  • Phlegm

Paediatric massage helps to build up the body’s resistance against diseases.Through the therapeutic actions on the acupoints along the meridians, the child’s Qi and Blood flow can be regulated to their desired levels in the organ systems of the body, blocking out harmful pathogens that cause young children to fall sick.

Eyesight

With greater exposure to digital screens, vision-related problems are increasingly common in young children. These issues include:

  • Myopia
  • Lazy eye

Over time, when combined as a regular treatment method, paediatric massage and herbal packs can help to control the development of vision issues like myopia, especially at its early stages.

Sleep & Psychology

A baby crying incessantly (colic) or refusing to sleep at night can be a real challenge for new parents.

Paediatric massage along the meridian channels of the Heart organ system helps to dispel Heat and soothes any indigestion problems that may be making the child uncomfortable. By easing the discomfort, your baby will get a good night’s sleep, and you can rest better as well.

Children with conditions like Hyperactivity, ADHD or Autism can also receive paediatric massage treatments. From a TCM perspective, such conditions are associated with bodily imbalances. When done regularly, gentle paediatric massage on specific acupoints helps to restore balance, calm the nerves, and improve the child’s ability to focus.

Treatment Methods

Paediatric Massage

Paediatric massage, also known as Xiao Er Tui Na, is a safe, gentle massage therapy that aims toimprove the health and well-being of children. It is an ancient technique which involves the stimulation of unique acupoints to regulate energy flow within the meridians, thereby improving natural organ functions.Benefits of paediatric massage include:

  • Strengthens immune support
  • Improves sleeping patterns
  • Relieves colic and constipation
  • Improves motor development and muscle tone
  • Facilitates food digestion and absorption
  • Supports physical and mental growth and development
  • Improves weak eyesight

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Children have vastly different body constitutions from adults, so the dosage and types of Chinese herbal medicine prescribed for children are different from those given to adults. Individual Chinese herbs are known to have their own “energetic nature”. In TCM, these herbs are used to balance the disharmony in the body by removing excessive toxins in the body and nourishing deficiencies.

The physicians at Thomson Chinese Medicine will prescribe suitable Chinese herbal medicine after a detailed consultation and examination to determine your child’s condition. Benefits of Chinese herbal medicine include:

  • Personalised: From the TCM perspective, children have weaker Lung and Spleen systems, which often result in respiratory and digestive problems. Personalised Chinese herbal medicine prescriptions allow physicians to treat the conditions and also address these inherent predispositions to enhance your child’s health.
  • Natural: Chinese herbal medicine is derived from natural sources and does not contain artificial chemicals. It helps to activate and improve the body’s natural healing ability.
  • Convenient: As it may be difficult for children to swallow pills, Chinese herbal medicine for children is dispensed in powder form. No brewing is needed, and the medicine can be consumed by simply adding warm water to the powder.

Herbal Packs (External Use)

We understand that it can be a handful when trying to get children to consume medicine, so our herbal packs are a convenient alternative to oral medication.

Based on your child’s condition, the physician will prescribe the appropriate herbal medicine powder, which is placed in a porous bag. Instead of being ingested, herbal medicine powder bags are placed on the child’s belly button or sole before bedtime. If the herbal pack is placed on the sole, you can put on socks for your child to secure the pack in place. The benefits of the herbal packs are:

  • Tailored for your child: As each person has a unique body constitution, different treatment methods may be used for similar conditions. Your physician will tailor the herbal medicine powder for your child for greater efficacy.
  • Convenient and easily accepted by the child: As there is no oral feeding required, the herbal packs help parents administer medication conveniently with less resistance from the child.
  • Safe: Since the herbal pack is for external use only, you do not need to worry about drug safety or drug interactions with any Western medication that your child may be taking.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the appropriate age for paediatric massage?

The earliest that a baby can receive treatment is six months old.Paediatric massage may be effective for children up to 12 years of age.

Is it safe for children? Are there any side effects?

Paediatric massage is a non-invasive, harmless, and effective form of treatment for children. It involves gentle strokes and techniques, mainly focusing on the hands, limbs, and back.

What can we expect during paediatric massage?

At Thomson Chinese Medicine, only qualified physicians perform the treatments. Before the massage, the physician will ask questions regarding your child’s condition and examine their pulse and tongue. The treatment is customised based on the child’s condition and constitution. Our physician will ensure that the child is comfortable, and the treatment is done while the child is on the bed or their mother’s lap. Techniques used include gentle kneading and rubbing.

How often should I bring my child for paediatric massage?

Treatments should be done once to twice a week. A full course of treatment could take place over several months.Usually, some improvements to the child’s conditions can be observed within the first few sessions. However, effectiveness may vary from person to person, depending on the severity of the condition. A longer course of treatment is recommended for more significant cumulative benefits.

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