Baby 'masseur' filmed practicing 'dangerous' treatment technique

Shocking Russian baby ‘masseur’ is shown clamping screaming child’s head between his knees and violently twisting body 180 degrees in horrifying video of his ‘dangerous’ treatment techniques

  • Masseur Mikhail Mikhnyov, 61, has been giving treatment in Novosibirsk, Russia
  • He was filmed squeezing child’s head between his knees before twisting its body
  • Mikhnyov, who says he has decades of experience, claims child was not in pain
  • Russian Investigative Committee has since launched a probe into the ‘massages’ 

A baby masseur is under investigation in Russia after a shocking video emerged of his ‘dangerous’ treatment techniques.

Mikhail Mikhnyov, 61, was caught on camera squeezing a screaming child’s head between his knees before violently twisting the body around 180 degrees.

The masseur, who says he has three decades of experience, claims the child was not in pain during the treatment in his home city of Novosibirsk.

But he is now facing a law enforcement probe amid backlash from parents and senior surgeons.


Mikhail Mikhnyov, 61, was caught on camera squeezing a screaming child’s head between his knees then violently twisting the body around 180 degrees in Novosibirsk, Russia

Mikhnyov insists his controversial technique is safe and claims to have cured 8,000 babies of infant torticollis, commonly known as wry neck, a condition involving a tilted head or trouble turning the neck.

He says his ‘massage’ is based on Soviet-era ‘dynamic gymnastics’ and added that he has a queue of parents seeking treatment for their newborns.

One mother told Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP): ‘The child was hysterical and screamed for the entire session.

‘And in the end (the baby) was limp… I sobbed. I pray that these three sessions will not negatively affect my child’s health.’

The Russian Investigative Committee has since launched a probe into Mikhnyov’s baby ‘massages’

Elena Gubina, head physician of the Novosibirsk Institute of Traumatology, Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery, said his technique has ‘no sane explanation’.

‘When I saw what was happening on the video, my first thought was – this is a stupid joke with a doll,’ she said.

‘When I realised that it was a child, I almost dropped my phone.’

She added: ‘I can only compare this with the Inquisition.

‘I will not bore you with medical terms as to why this is unacceptable… Just imagine that it is your head clamped in giant knees.’

Mikhnyov (pictured) insists his controversial technique is safe

Renowned Moscow baby masseur Igor Novokrinitsky said: ‘This is not a massage but some technique unknown to me.

‘I have never seen this. It is absolutely impossible to use with children.’

He warned: ‘The neck is the most tender area in the baby’s body. It is exposed to the big danger even during childbirth. 

‘It is terrible, just terrible.’

Paediatrician Maria Gerbutova warned of the risk of injury to the cervical area.

Babies were in danger of ‘subluxation of the vertebrae, hyperextension of the soft tissues of the neck, micro-tears, muscle tears, compression of vital blood vessels of the neck, injury to the shoulder region, and damage to the brain,’ she said.

But the baby masseur said he had many certificates to prove his qualifications and blamed ‘jealous rivals’ for the attack on his techniques.

He added: ‘A person must be gifted to engage in therapeutic massage. Babies scream and cry not from pain but from surprise.

‘Even surgeons slap the child on the bottom with terrible force before heart surgery. 

‘The buttocks take over the outflow of blood but this saves the child’s life. If mad mothers saw this, they would kill.’

One mother Maria Arkhipova denied her child, six months, was traumatised.

‘Was my daughter crying? I can’t say she was crying a lot.’

The Russian Investigative Committee has since launched a probe into Mikhnyov’s baby ‘massages’.

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