Therapeutic Benefits of Massage for the Elderly
Healthcare for seniors is becoming an increasingly significant conversation as the baby boom generation begins to age. People who are 65 years of age and older have specific needs that need to be addressed by their healthcare practitioners. Increasingly, the senior population has turned to alternative therapies to address their healthcare needs. Massage therapy has been proven to be a beneficial alternative healthcare practice for seniors. Here are just a few of the therapeutical benefits of massage for the elderly.
Osteoarthritis, also known as “wear and tear” arthritis, can happen at any age but is especially common among seniors. Osteoarthritis is a chronic joint conditioned characterized by stiffness, pain, swelling and limited range of motion in various joints in the body including the hips, knees and fingers. Massage therapy can help improve blood circulation, providing pain relief and an increased range of motion to those suffering from osteoarthritis. This holistic healthcare treatment, in conjunction with other practices such as diet and exercise, can make it easier for seniors to live active and comfortable lifestyles even when suffering from osteoarthritis.
After an individual has suffered from a stoke and their condition has stabilized, they can still experienced a broad range of linger symptoms including weakness, fatigue, pain, balance problems, as well as emotional distress, anxiety and depression. Since the risk of stroke is higher for seniors, it’s especially important to address these issues for an older population. Massage therapy can improve sensorial and motor functions after a stroke, relieve pain and improve the emotional well-being of someone who has been affected by a stroke.
One of the difficulties of aging is that it comes with a number of health risks and consequences, but that doesn’t mean that elderly people can’t lead active and fulfilling lives. Massage therapy can help seniors to relieve some of the common symptoms of aging, such as aches, pains, and loss of blood circulation. Massage therapy can also help seniors counteract the emotional distress that can often accompany physical issues.
At RelaxZone, we’re dedicated to providing our clients with the best massage therapy services possible. Our Registered Massage Therapists will work with you to develop a treatment plan that best suits your needs. For more information about our massage services and other alternative healthcare therapies, contact us today at RelaxZone.