The Benefits of Massage for Older Adults
Nov 21, 2014
What an Expert Says
AMTA massage therapist Marilyn Kier recently discussed massage therapy for aging populations with the Chicago Tribune:
"As you age and continue to be very active, you get normal age-related degeneration," Kier says. "You need sometimes to have a surgery. Other times, somebody like me can help if you have an overuse or strain. I can help people be more comfortable."
Kier says that massage therapy affects almost every system in the body. "For example, it helps to lower blood pressure and heal faster from strains. There's a lot of research. It can even improve immunity and help lower back pain."
Recent medical research indicates that massage therapy may help boost your immune system by increasing the activity level of the body’s natural "killer T cells,” which fight off viruses.
Studies in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine examined the effects of Swedish massage therapy on the body's hormonal response and immune function. Researchers found that participants who received Swedish massage had a significant decrease in the hormone arginine-vasopressin (which plays a role in regulating blood pressure and water retention) and concluded that Swedish massage produces measurable biological effects and may have a positive effect on the immune system.
Only receive massage therapy when you're healthy—if you're not feeling well, reschedule your massage appointment and consult your doctor.
Source - AMTA
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