The American Hospital Association reports that 91% of patients agree that massage therapy can reduce their pain. Massage therapy also stimulates the brain to produce endorphins, a “feel good” hormone.
Benefits of Massage Therapy for Seniors
Reflexology is acupressure on the feet. Experts estimate that there are close to 7,000 nerve endings in the feet. Reflexology can stimulate these nerves and the central nervous system and alter the way you feel pain.
Jin Shin Jyutsu is a form of acupressure designed to balance the energy in the body. There are pressure points on your body that can offer pain relief.
The gentle touch of craniosacral therapy can be very effective in relieving headaches and neck and back pain.
All of these services also reduce stress and promote relaxation. They provide therapeutic and rejuvenating benefits that everyone can benefit from in some way.
An important advantage of massage for seniors is improved circulation. As we age our activity level and mobility may be reduced due to illness or surgery.
Inactivity can lead to a decrease in circulation. Massage promotes an increase in blood flow assisting the body with eliminating toxins, cellular debris and lactic acid that can settle in the muscles. Increased circulation through regular massage can also boost one’s immune system.
In addition, massage is effective in relieving general discomforts such as back and neck pain and stiffness attributed to limited mobility or inactivity.
Massage, reflexology, Jin Shin Jyutsu, and craniosacral therapy can reduce pain, improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, can relieve symptoms associated with diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and arthritis.
Patty Thaute is a Board Certified and State Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in senior care. Her specialties are Swedish massage, craniosacral therapy, acupressure, and reflexology. Patty is a Fellowship Senior Living Rehab & Wellness Team Member, who can provide services at the Fellowship Village Rehab Center in Basking Ridge, NJ or at a resident’s home. Contact Patty at 908-580-3880.