Infant massage research

Most of the data on the positive effects of infant massage comes from studies on preterm infants. Massage has shown to be extremely helpful in cases where premies are not longer medically vulnerable and remain hospitalized in order to gain weight.

Dr. Tiffany Field at the Touch Research Institute (Miami, Florida school of Medicine) has demonstrated how implementing touch therapy with premies is more beneficial than minimal touch in isolettes.

The research shows;

  • 47% greater weight gain per day (due to enhanced digestion)
  • Increased in growth hormones
  • Aids muscle coordination
  • Hospital stay 5 to 7 days less on average
  • Improved heart beat rhythm and patterns of sleep/alert behavioral states