Effects of Thai Massage on Spasticity in Young People with Cerebral Palsy

J Med Assoc Thai. 2015 Jun;98 Suppl 5:S92-6.


Objective: To determine the effects of Thai massage on muscle spasticity in young people with cerebral palsy.

Material and method: Young people with spastic diplegia, aged 6-18 years old, were recruitedfrom the Srisungwan School in Khon Kaen Province. Spasticity of right quadriceps femoris muscles was measured using Modified Ashworth Scale (MAS) at pre- and immediately post 30-minute session of Thai massage. Thai massage was applied on the lower back and lower limbs. Wilcoxon Signed Ranks test was used to compare the outcome between pre- and post treatment.

Results: Seventeen participants with spastic diplegia aged 13.71 +/- 3.62 years old participated. A significant difference of MAS was observed between pre- and post treatment (1+, 1; p<0.01). No adverse events were reported.

Conclusion: Thai massage decreased muscle spasticity and is suggested to be an alternative treatmentfor reducing spasticity in young people with cerebral palsy.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cerebral Palsy / physiopathology
  • Cerebral Palsy / therapy*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lower Extremity
  • Male
  • Massage / methods*
  • Muscle Spasticity / etiology
  • Muscle Spasticity / therapy*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Quadriceps Muscle / physiopathology*
  • Thailand