Massage & ADHD
October is ADHD Awareness Month!
One of my sons has ADHD. It means he has difficulty with the mental processes around planning, focusing attention, remembering instructions and juggling multiple tasks successfully. It also means that he thinks incredibly creatively and is a natural athlete due to impulsivity meaning he can push to his physical limits without experiencing a mental-block.
He absolutely LOVES massage and reflexology which both have clearly calming effects on him, and in turn these can help him to control his impulses and minimise his need to fidget.
A growing body of research points towards Massage Therapy having positive effects on ADHD symptoms, although these studies have not been scientifically robust enough to date to prove conclusive. I'd be very interested to see further scientific investigation in to whether massage actually affects neuro-diverse brains differently to neuro-typical brains, rather than the calming effects we all experience from massage simply being measured against ADHD symptoms.