Massage is a non-invasive, enjoyable way to help alleviate the symptoms of many age-related diseases and improve a person’s quality of life. Proper massage can help strengthen muscles weakened by disuse and helps reduce pain and stiffness in the hip, knee and shoulder joints. There are many age-related conditions that can be improved with massage. Research has shown that even people living with chronic conditions respond positively to massage. A massage manipulating the soft tissues of the body helps to improve blood circulation, relieve pain and increase range of motion. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of massage. Massage benefits may include reduction in stress, an immunity boost, improvement of quality of life and self-esteem, improvement in length and quality of sleep, alleviation of headaches and pain, improved circulation, improved flexibility, improvement in lymphatic flow, which increases the excretion of toxic substances from the body.
Massage therapy techniques used for seniors typically differ from those used with younger individuals. Massage therapists strive to understand those differences in order to best treat their patients. Massage for the elderly involves gentle stroking, kneading, and the application of light pressure on specific points. The manipulation of specific points on the body through massage therapy has been shown to promote the natural lubrication of joints, which greatly assists in the pain management of patients suffering from the stiffness of arthritis.
If you suffer from arthritis, research shows that massage therapy can help reduce muscle tension and stiffness, promote flexible joint movement and improve range of motion, improve blood flow, relieve muscle spasms, reduce pain and swelling.
In general, massage therapy aids in the general wellness of boomers and seniors.