What Is Elderly Massage?
Massage for elderly citizens is simply that, massage for the elderly, but it's application is certainly different from massage for the younger population and the massage therapist needs to be knowledgeable of the physiological changes that occur in the aging body. Massage techniques are different, pressure applied is certainly different and there must be great sensitivity shown to the receivers feedback to ensure the massage is comfortable as well as effective.
A natural trend when we age is to become less active and this reduction in physical activity contributes to the reduction of the quality of life experienced by many of our senior citizens. Many studies have shown that elderly massage therapy can be of significant benefit in managing the effects of aging such as arthritis and a host of other physical ailments.
The NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) has promoted the use of elderly massage for years. Although there is a general awareness of massage for elderly citizens, there is a poor understanding of its direct benefits.
Some of the many benefits of Senior Massage
- Improves Blood and Lymph circulation which also increases oxygen Supply to the body
- Increases Range of Motion for the joints.
- Reduces Muscle Adhesions (knots)
- Eases Pain & Discomfort
- Relieves itchy, dry skin,
- Speeds recovery from surgery
- Promotes restful sleep
- Reduces swelling from excess water retention
- Promotes easier breathing.
- Boosts energy levels and mental alertness
- Relieves stress and Anxiety.
- Helps prevent muscle atrophy & bedsores in the inactive person
- Provides comfort to “touch deprived” elderly people.