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Scotson technique for neurodisability

Published April 2013

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What were we asked?

A parent asked if there was any evidence that the Scotson technique is effective. The Scotson technique is a kind of touch therapy available from the Advance Centre.

Key findings

Scotson therapy involves parents learning to apply light pressure on the muscles that are involved in breathing and posture. The techniques are applied in the belief that this will stimulate breathing, posture and function.

There is no research evidence that Scotson therapy is effective in improving children’s breathing, posture, functioning or health.

Note: This information is produced by PenCRU researchers and reviewed by external experts. The views expressed are those of PenCRU at the University of Exeter Medical School and do not represent the views of the Cerebra charity, or any other parties mentioned. We strongly recommend seeking medical advice before undertaking any treatments/therapies.