Through Massage Therapy, seniors can relieve some of the pain and stress that they may be dealing with in their lives.
Stress is something that everyone deals with, but chronic stress can impact the body in ways that require attention when tending to seniors’ overall wellbeing. Seniors who deal with a lot of stress and don’t have a proper outlet to deal with it often find themselves experiencing various negative symptoms that can impact their experience of their day-to-day lives, such as: muscle tension, depression, anxiety, headaches, and gastrointestinal issues. All of this goes to say that the implications of prolonged stress can meaningfully impact seniors’ health and wellbeing.
There are many ways that seniors and their caregivers can work together to reduce stress and mitigate the symptoms that come with it, and one of these ways is Massage Therapy.
Massage Therapy for Seniors
Massage Therapy is a practice that has been shown to help increase a sense of calm and relaxation, but it can also meaningfully decrease the effects of stress on the body, along with symptoms related to depression, anxiety, digestive health, and muscle tension. Through Massage Therapy, seniors can target various areas and symptoms that are giving them trouble, and can work to improve their sense of wellbeing and comfort.
Each individual senior will experience stress in their own personal way, and will also likely experience the benefits of Massage Therapy in a way that is personal to them as well. The following are some examples of ways in which Massage Therapy has been shown to help seniors and support them as they deal with the stresses and realities of everyday life:
- Relieves Muscle Tension: With age, stress, and a decrease in physical activity, the muscles can grow stiff and uncomfortable. By increasing blood-flow, Massage Therapy can help to reduce muscle tension and soften hard or stiff muscles to increase comfort.
- Improves Circulation: The focus on increasing and directing blood-flow creates better circulation throughout the body.
- Sense of Calm: The physical experience of Massage Therapy can create a sense of calm and relaxation, and can also allow seniors an opportunity to be relaxed by touch in a way that they may not otherwise be able to in their everyday lives. The sense of connection, along with the physical massage and atmosphere can create positive feelings.
- Better Sleep: The sense of calm created during Massage Therapy often extends through the day and can help to foster better sleep for seniors when they are back home.
- Immune Health: Massage Therapy can help to release toxins from the body, and can therefore help seniors to get illnesses such as the common cold less often.
- Pain Relief: Massage Therapy can help to relieve pain in areas like the joints by increasing the blood flow and carefully tending to the painful or inflamed areas.
Massage Therapy has many potential benefits to offer seniors. Whether it be for the sense of calm that creates a respite from the thoughts and worries of stress, or the physical support that it can provide to help the body better manage and mitigate the physical manifestations of life’s difficulties. Integrating Massage Therapy as a practice into senior’s lives can be helpful in many ways.