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Massage Therapy for
Seniors and the Elderly

Younger generations have embraced massage therapy as a beneficial addition to their healthy lifestyles, but seniors can also improve their quality of life by using this alternative treatment method. As the population ages, massage therapists are updating their training to include techniques designed specifically for the older client. If you, or someone you love, could benefit from an elderlymassage, also known as geriatric or seniors massage, it’s important to know how this type of treatment differs from a standard massage.

The Senior Massage Difference
Although the actual techniques vary little when senior massage is compared to a standard treatment, the therapist always takes extra care to protect the aging body and ensure the comfort of the client. Before the massage starts, the therapist takes the time to help the client onto the massage table and carefully positions their body to prevent any type of fall or bruising. Once they are comfortable, the aging person is rarely asked to move until the session is over. During the session, the therapist only uses gentle manipulations that are safe for an elderly person.

In most cases, a senior massage session requires a full hour to complete, but it could take longer depending on the needs of the individual client. For example, the massage therapist must adapt their technique for clients who use a wheelchair. These seniors may need additional assistance getting to and from the therapy room or getting in and out of the chair. When the client is wheelchair-bound, the massage therapist can even adapt their technique to treat the client while they remain in the chair. These adaptations generally require a little extra time on the part of the therapist and the client.

The Benefits of Elderly Massage
During a senior massage, the therapist may spend extra time on certain areas, like the hands or feet, that often present special problems for seniors. This is especially beneficial when the senior can’t walk or use their hands fully. In these cases, the increased circulation can improve sensation and body awareness in the aging body.

For many, the key to aging gracefully is staying as active as possible.Geriatric massage can reduce the stiffness and inflammation that are often present in aging muscles and joints to make it easier for the older client to walk, sit, or engage in any other activity. Senior massage also treats many other conditions that are associated with aging including:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone and muscle deterioration
  • Skin discoloration
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Respiratory problems

In addition to helping with the elderly client’s physical health, a senior massage can help the client mentally, as well. Many older people are extremely lonely and depressed. The opportunity to spend time with someone who cares and enjoy a short period of human interaction is often priceless for seniors. Many clients find that a regular massage treatment designed to meet their needs improves their mood and outlook for days or even weeks.

By taking advantage of a senior massage administered by a licensed massage therapist trained in this special technique, you or your loved one can live a healthier lifestyle.  If you or someone you love could benefit from a seniors massage, visit us at our Flower Mound Texas location. We have convenient hours and are open 7 days a week.

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