What Are the Benefits of Massage for Senior Citizens?

What Are the Benefits of Massage for Senior Citizens?

As you age, you may find yourself and your peers slowing down, but this does not necessarily need to happen. Many of your peers, each possessing different ability levels, regularly participate in physical activities ranging from tennis to golf to jogging. Some of your peers participate in dancing or lower-impact physical activities such as lawn bowling or curling. Regular massage therapy assists your desire to be active and get the most out of your life, and can promote the harmonious union of mind and body.

Reduced Pain & Stiffness

If you’re a senior citizen, it’s not uncommon for you to experience pain and stiffness in your muscles and joints, especially following more vigorous-than-usual physical activity. A massage therapist who has experience with senior clients will use gentle yet effective techniques, such as skin rolling, tapping and light kneading, to mobilize your tender muscles, tendons and joints. Massage therapy also helps reduce inflammation-related pain around your joints, which promotes the restoration of your full range of joint motion. Improved range of motion can enhance your ability to ambulate and perform your activities of daily living, which in turn can lead to increased independence and a higher quality of life. According to MassageTherapyCanada.com, senior massage clients regularly report relief from arthritis and chronic pain.

Better Circulation

The Mayo Clinic reports that improved circulation is one of the principle benefits of massage therapy. Healthy circulation of blood and lymph is especially important if you’re a senior citizen, as you may be more susceptible to decreased circulation. Reduced circulation is particularly problematic if you’re a diabetic, as you’re prone to lower limb problems due to reduced blood flow to the tissues of your lower legs and feet. Regular massage therapy, in conjunction with an appropriate exercise plan, can help you prevent diabetic complications, such as ulcers and gangrene in your lower extremities. An additional benefit of massage therapy is the improved lymph flow throughout your body. Improved circulation of both lymph and blood can help you recover more quickly following injuries, and it can boost your energy levels, too.

Emotional Support & Friendship

According to a 2010 study about massage therapy and health outcomes in older adults, published in the “Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies,” those who received massage therapy within the past year produced significantly higher health outcome scores in the following categories: emotional well-being, limitations due to physical issues and limitations due to emotional issues. Massage therapy can help you by reducing your anxiety, depression, stress and loneliness, and can improve your self-confidence and enhance your quality of life. The sense of companionship you derive from a visit to your massage therapist is also an important healing effect of massage therapy. Human touch can have a significant impact on your mental and emotional well-being, and can help promote a sense of belonging and friendship, which has its own psychological benefits.

Massage therapy is just one of the many health and wellness services offered at Southgate at Shrewsbury.  We

rculation of blood and lymph is especially important if you’re a senior citizen, as you may be more susceptible to decreased circulation. Reduced circulation is particularly problematic if you’re a diabetic, as you’re prone to lower limb problems due to reduced blood flow to the tissues of your lower legs and feet. Regular massage therapy, in conjunction with an appropriate exercise plan, can help you prevent diabetic complications, such as ulcers and gangrene in your lower extremities. An additional benefit of massage therapy is the improved lymph flow throughout your body. Improved circulation of both lymph and blood can help you recover more quickly following injuries, and it can boost your energy levels, too.

Emotional Support & Friendship

According to a 2010 study about massage therapy and health outcomes in older adults, published in the “Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies,” those who received massage therapy within the past year produced significantly higher health outcome scores in the following categories: emotional well-being, limitations due to physical issues and limitations due to emotional issues. Massage therapy can help you by reducing your anxiety, depression, stress and loneliness, and can improve your self-confidence and enhance your quality of life. The sense of companionship you derive from a visit to your massage therapist is also an important healing effect of massage therapy. Human touch can have a significant impact on your mental and emotional well-being, and can help promote a sense of belonging and friendship, which has its own psychological benefits.

Massage therapy is just one of the many health and wellness services offered at Southgate at Shrewsbury.  We are committed to the health and happiness of our residents, and strive to keep you active and healthy so you can continue to pursue the hobbies and interests that make your retirement plan uniquely yours.