• Adriane Maxwell, LMP

6 Amazing Benefits of Swedish Massage for Senior Citizens

Updated: Aug 19, 2021

Brief Massage History

Massage therapy was a sacred system of natural healing for Hindus. The earliest written accounts about massage therapy originated in China in 3000 BC. The massage therapy spread to Egypt and Japan. This practice was passed down through generations to heal injuries, relieve pain, cure, and prevent illnesses. Today, it has evolved to be therapeutic, as well as, relaxing and it stands out to be a holistic method practiced across the World and utilized by young and mature alike.

Senior or Geriatric Massage is a growing focus with the field of massage therapy. The overall health benefits from geriatric or senior massage are profound. This is a form of massage therapy designed for mature adults considers the factors that affect a maturing body. There are many amazing benefits of Swedish massage for Seniors. We will talk about just 6 of them.

Benefits of Geriatric Massage

It helps in reducing the risk of getting conditions that can affect the circulation of blood such as heart disease and diabetes, by increasing blood flow. Studies have shown that consistent massage can reduce blood pressure and heart rate. High blood pressure is a major factor in heart attack risk.

It helps to relieve stress. Along with rebalancing hormones, massage therapy releases muscle tension. When we are stressed, our muscles tighten in response, and when the stress ends, our muscles generally relax. But if we are constantly stressed, it is likely that our muscles can stay tense, nut truly relaxing.

Improves the quality and length of sleep. The National Institutes of Health has stated that massage therapy can reduce fatigue and improve sleep and based on research gathered by the American Massage Therapy Association, massage has been shown to improve sleep in elderly, infants, children, and adults.

It helps to reduce depression, anxiety, and loneliness which is common in elderly people. If you battle depression, massage therapy probably won’t cure your condition. But it may help relieve the physical symptoms associated with it. For example, massage may help alleviate back pain, joint pain, muscle aches, and sluggishness. Repeated sessions on a weekly schedule—or similar—would be a traditional or common pattern when the goal is long-term reduction of anxiety or depression.

It speeds up the recovery from injury and illness. Massage can help a range of injuries including sprains, strains, broken bones, and muscle tears. Using massage as a part of injury rehabilitation can increase healing rates and shorten recovery time.

It improves lymphatic flow. Lymphatic massage can reduce swelling. Adequate lymph flow also improves the immune system.

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