Osher Center Now Providing Pediatric Inpatient Massage

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Marcia Degelman (left) provides massage therapy for baby Megan in the NICU, while mom Kristin looks on.

Osher Center massage therapist Marcia Degelman, CMT provides patients, parents, and medical staff with stress-reducing massage therapy treatments at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at the Mission Bay Campus.

Earlier this year, Marcia attended the Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Training I and II, as well as Touch Therapy for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, taught by Tina Allen of the Liddle Kidz Foundation. Since then, she  has been providing massage therapy for infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as well as pediatric inpatients, including those in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and Pediatric Oncology wards of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Since 2003, parents of patients, including those in the NICU, the PICU, and Pediatric Oncology at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital have been able to receive a chair massage once per week. Once per month, the Pediatric Oncology nurses are also able receive a chair massage from Marcia.

Pediatric patients or parents who are interested in receiving massage therapy should inquire with their nurse about requesting a treatment. Patients’ doctors will need to approve the treatment in advance. There is no fee for these services, as they are sponsored by our generous donors.

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