Geriatric massage therapy for seniors by a good therapist, is designed to address the specific needs of an elderly patient.
The benefits of geriatric massage for the elderly are numerous. Massage does the usual for seniors by encouraging circulation, lessening muscular stiffness, and helping to decrease inflammation in the joints and muscles. And it also treats so many of the common conditions that arise with age - such as muscular stiffness, arthritis, skin discoloration, muscle and bone deterioration, tendonitis, bursitis, and respiratory problems such as asthma and emphysema.
This type of massage for the elderly patient uses more gentle and light application of massage strokes and can include passive stretching. We use lighter oils and lotion to permit the muscles to be worked on without harming the skin. These techniques can help enhance blood circulation, fight depression, reduce the pain of arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture, improve balance and flexibility, and enhance overall well-being. Massage for geriatrics in the home or nursing home is available.
Massage therapy for the elderly can be especially helpful for maintaining and improving overall health as we age. It also has been shown to relieve anxiety and provide comfort, especially to touch-deprived elderly clients. Your therapist, in house can also provide relief to those who are bed-ridden and terminally ill.
The biggest benefit for a lot of seniors is just being touched. It's really sad to see the touch deprivation, but we are heppy to help even if it's just for a few moments in someones life. It's a very compassionate gesture. The benefits for senior massage are the same as any other population. We hope you have a better understanding of what senior massage can do for you or a loved one.
If you have a specific health condition, you should receive permission from your physician to proceed with massage. As with any population, there are certain conditions that are not recommended for massage, so please communicate with your doctor and get permission for the massage before scheduling your massage therapy appointment.
And, the benefits of enjoying the simple pleasure of human touch and company for just a short period of time is priceless for many lonely and depressed seniors. A mindfull massage therapist can provide the elderly with relief of symptoms and enable seniors to extend their vitality.
Hypocrites, the Father of Medicine wrote, " The physician must be acquainted with many things and assuredly with rubbing". A very smart man indeed!