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Geriatric Massage

Elements Massage Brentwood Feb 4, 2014

Massage therapy is a great way to reduce stress, boost immunity, and improve overall health and well-being.  While everyone can benefit from therapeutic massage, it is especially helpful in decreasing the aches, pains, and health issues associated with aging. Geriatric massage therapy uses a gentle and light application of typical massage techniques to:

  • Enhance blood circulation
  • Improve balance and flexibility
  • Reduce arthritic pain and inflammation
  • Improve posture
  • Decrease muscle tension
  • Improve joint range of motion
  • Reduce depression
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Give more energy

Several studies have investigated whether massage therapy can relieve some of the symptoms of two common conditions associated with aging: osteoarthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.  The results show that "along with exercise and NSAIDs, massage can reduce symptoms of common OA. For people living with Alzheimer’s disease, massage is a low-risk and relatively low-cost intervention that can be easily taught to caregivers. Particularly with the concern over the long-term side effects associated with many of the medications used to manage behavior in patients with Alzheimer's disease, massage is a promising intervention that may reduce caregiver stress as well."

Source: http://www.amtamassage.org/articles/3/MTJ/detail/2318

 

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