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.
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:
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.
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork has been at the forefront of the promotion of massage for the elderly for many years. The board promotes massage as a treatment for the management and prevention of age-related diseases and views it as a good alternative to less natural pharmaceutical treatments. With regular massage, the quality of life is greatly increased, allowing the older patients to feel younger, healthier, and balanced.Related Articles About Healthy Aging:
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