Did Someone Say Massage?

 

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Getting a massage use to mean luxury spas and health clubs; now you can receive the same treatment in clinics, hospital and other care facilities. Due to its many health benefits there have been many care facilities that have integrated the healing effects of massage into patient treatment. It has been found that there are great benefits of massage in elderly care as well.

 

Elder Care Massage is much like normal massage with a few minor adjustments. Those adjustments are made with the intensity and pressure used during the massage. Due to the sensitivity of muscles, there is a lighter more sensitive touch used. The massage therapist continue to use their hands, forearms and elbows to rub and manipulate the individual’s muscles.

 

 

Types of Massages:

  • Swedish massage. This is the most common form of massage and is the most gentle. There is a soothing kneading of the muscles with a variety of different hand movements. This is the most common massage use for elderly clients.

 

  • Deep massage. This is similar to the Swedish massage that uses a stronger technique of pressure on the muscles. This massage is used to reach the deepest muscle tissues.

 

  • Trigger point massage. This massage targets areas with tight muscles that can occur, usually after injury or surgery.

 

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One of the greatest benefits of Elder Care Massage is the ability to ease loneliness that comes from aging. Due to active families and potential loss of spouse, elderly individuals can begin to feel detached so it can be extremely important to feel the physical connection from another. It is human nature to want for physical connection.

 

Also, those individuals with limited mobility or disability that confine them to a wheelchair, massage can provide great comfort. Due to the inability to move freely there can be a decline in nerve function, joints can seize up and circulatory issues can occure. Massage can help slowly stretch the inactive muscles to prevent muscle atrophy.

 

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Benefits of Elder Care Massage:

  • Lowered Stress Levels, Anxiety and Depression
  • Improved Relaxation
  • Increases Muscle Strength
  • Improves Flexibility of Joints Through Natural Lubrication
  • Helps Range of Motion and Coordination
  • Increased Mental Awareness
  • Reduced Recovery Time after Injury
  • Improves Digestion
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Reduces Headaches
  • Helps Stress Related Insomnia
  • Stimulates Respiration
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Paresthesias and nerve pain
  • Enhances Bodies Natural Immune System
  • Reduces Blood Pressure

 

Always discuss massage treatment with your physician before receiving a massage. In rare cases massage may be the inappropriate treatment for those individuals who have deep vein thrombosis, bleeding disorders, severe osteoporosis, severe thrombocytopenia, burns and open or healing wounds.

 

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If you are considering Elder Care Massage please call Inga, YOUR Always Best Care of Boulder County Care Coordinators has in-depth knowledge of the local services you may need. A

 

You can contact Inga for your free no-obligation consultation (720)494-8407 or email her at Info@ColoradoCareBlog.com

 

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Resources gathered from the following:

 

http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/728/Using-Massage-to-Ease-the-Elderly%E2%80%99s-Loneliness

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743

http://www.examiner.com/article/senior-care-massage-therapy-delivers-a-healing-touch

http://www.eldercarelink.com/Other-Resources/Health/how-massage-eases-aging.htm

 

 

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