In early 2017, Grant Gabriel, a healthy, happy 5 month old boy, contracted bacterial meningitis. Thankfully he survived this severe life threatening condition but was left with spastic quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, severe developmental delays, dysautonomia, and hearing loss.
In late October 2017, Grant's mother Liza contacted us to inquire about pediatric massage therapy for him. One of our experienced team members, Laura Missiha, has been working with Grant since then and has watched his improvements over these last few months.
The Benefits of Massage for Cerebral Palsy
In CP, the brain's motor areas have been disrupted which affects the ability to control movement and posture. All types of CP include abnormal muscle tone, poor posture, altered reflexes, motor development and coordination. There can be joint and bone deformities and contractures (permanently fixed, tight muscles or joints). Massage Therapy may help reduce spasticity, may encourage flexibility of the muscles, may normalize muscle tone, encourage healthy motor function, and even encourage positive social interaction. Massage therapy also supports a healthy relaxation response and provides comforting touch during a difficult time for a child undergoing multiple therapies. (Source: LiddleKidz: Nurturing Touch for the Growing Child)
A Resilient Family
Grant's family has undergone tremendous hardship and overcome so much. We are honored to support this resilient family as they navigate a challenging time with strength and love. They are accepting donations to help with the enormous financial burden of his treatments, therapy and care. Please follow his story on his Facebook Page and Instagram.