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 Benefits of Massage Therapy for Seniors

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(American Massage Therapy Association)

Benefits of Massage Therapy for Seniors

Massage therapy for seniors and the elderly offers many physical and mental benefits, which results in the improvement of health and general well-being. It can improve conditions ranging from chronic pain to a general sense of malaise, and for healthy individuals it can make it much easier to start or continue regular exercise.

The techniques used for seniors differ greatly from those used with younger individuals. While similar in technique to other forms of massage, senior massage considers the special needs of their needs.

A specialty trained senior massage therapist knows about safely positioning for greatest comfort and will often have the client rest in the same position for the entire massage.

Mobility challenges may sometimes dictate the massage be done in a bed or wheelchair. The massage therapist may also work both sides of the body at the same time to enhance body awareness, or only work hands and feet, if the client prefers.

A senior massage therapist that is licensed is aware of health issues associated with aging and how to safely work with this type of client and with associated physicians. Consequently, they are able to individualize the massage service based on the client's health, mobility, and comfort level.

Benefits of Massage Therapy for Seniors

Massage offers many benefits to seniors. More than just a “feel good” experience, massage provides the following benefits:

  • Sciatica pain relief
  • Increased circulation, mobility, and sleep
  • Relief from muscular tension, soreness, and fatigue
  • Reduced stress, anxiety, and pain through increased relaxation
  • Improved concentration, balance, posture, and motor skills
  • Stimulation of digestion and improved elimination
  • Enhanced lymph flow
  • Restored range of motion and flexibility
  • Help for diabetics, Parkinson's, neuropathy
  • Helps to reduce muscle inflammation after exercise
  • Pain relief for osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Low back pain relief
  • Improved pain and quality of life for clients with fibromyalgia

How to Find an AMTA Professional Massage Therapist

Finding a professional massage therapist is vital to a positive massage experience. AMTA massage therapists have demonstrated a level of ability through education and/or testing, adhere to a code of ethics and must meet continuing education requirements.

AMTA offers a free professional massage therapist locator service at: findamassagetherapist.org

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