Massage for the elderly can have profound positive health benefits. Elderly people often suffer from a variety of such age-related diseases as Parkinson’s, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease or strokes. As a result, they have poor circulation and limited physical capability. Also, as we age, many don’t get the exercise or activity needed to promote circulation of the blood and lymph systems necessary for physical and psychological health.
As we get older, massage can help to manage the many physical and mental challenges that arise.
Geriatric massage is a form of therapy designed to meet the specific needs of the elderly. It involves using massage hands to manipulate the soft tissues of the body to improve blood circulation, relieve pain and increase range of motion. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of geriatric massage.
Geriatric massage encompasses basic relaxation and stress relief and is also a beneficial tool in fighting many of the symptoms of aging. It takes into account the needs of the individual undergoing the massage, and the therapist trained in geriatric massage takes time before starting the first session to discuss any concerns or areas of the body that need particular care.
Massage therapists who are trained in this area are sensitive to health issues commonly experienced by elderly clients, and are trained to determine when standard massage practices are appropriate and when modified techniques would be more effective, such as the special routines which have been developed to maximize treatment for bed- and wheelchair-bound clients.
If you do not already have training in geriatric massage, you should seriously consider pursuing it. It is a worthwhile and rewarding way to expand your business, and most importantly, experience the satisfaction of helping amazing senior clients through geriatric massage.
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