The Benefits of Massage Therapy for Seniors
Even the most exuberant senior citizens suffer from the increased levels of stress on the body that come with aging. By utilizing Massage Therapy as a part of their care plan seniors can combat these feelings. Regular massages have been proven to help seniors experience an improved quality of life, increased energy levels, and feel younger and healthier overall.
When feelings of stress or anxiety arise, the body produces cortisol, the stress hormone. An overproduction of cortisol (or naturally high cortisol levels) can lead to a plethora of unwanted health issues such as, high blood pressure, Osteoporosis, muscle weakness, as well as feelings of anxiety, depression, and irritability. Having regular massages is known to release the buildup of cortisol in the body. The release of cortisol sends your body into a period of rest and rejuvenation, effectively relieving the symptoms caused by high cortisol levels.
As human bodies age, natural wear and tear occurs. This can cause unwanted body pain and stiffness or even Osteoarthritis. Seniors who incorporated Massage Therapy as a part of their health strategy have reported having better posture, less stiffness, and less daily pain.
Seniors who suffer from Osteoarthritis have reported that massage therapy has been particularly helpful in relieving pain and giving them better mobility over time. Even for Seniors who are not suffering from Osteoarthritis, regular massages keep muscles, connective tissues, joints, ligaments, and tendons more fluid. In the long run, this makes seniors more coordinated and less injury prone.
Try incorporating massage into your own or your loved one’s healthcare routine to see the benefits and relief for yourself!