'Massage can help people with cerebral palsy'

Traditional Chinese massage can help people with cerebral palsy, a physician from China said yesterday.
Dr Sun Yong said this after demonstrating traditional massage techniques on children at the Spastic Children's Association here.

He said this therapeutic technique had been practised for more than 4,000 years.

"The simple massage techniques were originally for children aged 12 and below to relieve common illnesses like constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion and fevers.
"It was later discovered that it could also help children suffering from cerebral palsy."

Cerebral palsy is a condition where small parts of the brain fail to develop properly during or after birth, affecting a patient's motor skills.

Since the condition could manifest in many forms, no two spastic children are alike. But common symptoms include loss of basic motor skills such as walking, speech and inability to express facial emotions.

"Since they cannot express their needs, parents of patients would have to be very observant and extra attentive of their children's needs."

He said by administering these massaging techniques, parents could ease or even prevent illnesses.

He said the advantage of this form of traditional Chinese healing over Western medical practice was that it did not involve medicine.

"Most children do not like to ingest pills or mixtures because of the taste. It is even harder for spastic children."

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