Most Used Mind & Body Practices
0.7% of U.S. children (385,000) used
About 194,000 fewer children used massage therapy in 2012 than in 2007.
In massage therapy, the therapist works on muscle and other soft tissues to help a person feel better. Massage therapy dates back thousands of years; it’s mentioned in ancient writings from China, Japan, India, and Egypt. Parents should be aware that many complementary health approaches have not been tested for safety or effectiveness in children.
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5 Citation: Black LI, Clarke TC, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ, Nahin RL. Use of complementary health approaches among children aged 4-17 years in the United States: National Health Interview Survey, 2007-2012. National health statistics reports; no 78. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (229KB PDF)