Everyone knows that massage therapy is good for you. But did you know that it’s especially beneficial for seniors? Massage therapy can help with a range of issues and concerns, including pain management, sleep problems and stress reduction. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of massage therapy for seniors in more detail.
Relaxation and stress relief
Stress and anxiety are major problems for seniors. Stress is the number one cause of illness in older adults. Seniors often face a lot of pressure to perform well at work, maintain their independence and manage a household—but all that stress can take its toll.
Massage therapy can help reduce stress by increasing the production of endorphins or “feel good” chemicals in your body. The massage therapist will also help reduce cortisol levels, a hormone released during times of stress that causes muscle tension and raises blood sugar levels (causing more fatigue). Massage therapists may also use acupressure techniques on specific points along meridians in the body to release negative energy stored there and encourage proper circulation throughout the body.
Massage therapy can help you feel better in many ways. It can help you sleep better, relax, reduce pain and stress, and feel more energized. Massage is also a great way to relieve tension at the end of the day or before bedtime. A massage therapist will work on any problem areas that are bothering you so that your muscles stay as flexible and relaxed as possible.
If you’re looking for an effective way to lower stress levels without drugs or medication, consider scheduling a monthly massage session. The benefits of this type of therapy are numerous: it improves circulation; reduces muscle tension; reduces aches and pains (including headaches); increases flexibility; boosts energy levels; helps fight depression by releasing dopamine into the bloodstream; lowers blood pressure; boosts immunity (by helping lymphatic drainage); reduces anxiety by reducing heart rate variability (HRV).
Massage therapy can help your body achieve and maintain good circulation. Poor circulation can lead to various health problems, including varicose and swollen or enlarged veins that often appear on the legs and feet.
When you receive a massage, your blood flow increases, this helps to improve the flow of nutrients and oxygen to tissues throughout your body. In addition, massage has been shown to increase lymphatic drainage—the movement of fluid from tissues into the lymphatic system—which provides additional benefits for people suffering from swelling caused by poor circulation or edema (swelling in body tissue). Improving lymphatic drainage massages can also help relieve fluid buildup throughout the body. This buildup includes swelling in hands/feet and ankles/legs due to poor blood flow or if you’ve been sitting too long at one time without getting up for stretches.
According to the National Institute of Health, massage therapy can help relieve pain in many areas. Massage relieves pain in the back, neck, shoulders, and hips. It also helps to relieve lower back pain and knee or ankle pain.