The health needs of the elderly are often different from those of younger populations, and this is also true when it comes to massage therapy. For this reason, 500 hours of massage training is required to obtain geriatric massage therapy certification. Geriatric massage therapy from Total Health Systems can promote better health of both body and mind.
How Geriatric Massage Is Different
Because the elderly population has specific health needs due to age-related conditions, senior massage is based on the principle of tailoring basic massage techniques to meet the needs of seniors. The following modifications have been made to traditional massage techniques to accommodate the specific needs of the elderly population:
- Gentler hand motions
- Shorter sessions
- Passive movement of leg, foot, and shoulder joints
- Gentle massage of uninflamed joints of the feet and hands
- Occasional use of stronger movements
Physical Health Benefits
Conditions that can affect blood circulation, such as heart disease and diabetes, are common in the elderly. Geriatric massage can help to decrease complications of these conditions by increasing blood flow to the extremities. Mobility lost due to arthritis or Parkinson’s may be partially restored as a result of massage therapy. Other potential physical benefits of senior massage include the following:
- Stress relief and relaxation
- Accelerated healing
- Decreased headache pain
- Improved length and quality of sleep
Mental Health Benefits
In addition to physical conditions, advanced age can also contribute to mental health issues. Common mental health complaints in elderly patients include depression, anxiety, and loneliness. The gentle manual contact of the geriatric massage therapist can provide a great deal of comfort in elderly patients and help to relieve stress, as well as improving self-esteem. Complete an appointment request online at https://www.totalhealthsystems.com/appointment-request/ or call us at one of our five convenient locations.
Overall Improvement in Quality of Life
By promoting better health and well-being, both mentally and physically, geriatric massage promotes a better quality of life overall. If you or a loved one are interested in senior massage, contact Total Health Systems today by calling 586-949-0123 to schedule an appointment.