Massage therapy can help to manage several age-related conditions, yet many seniors avoid it because they’re concerned about discomfort, or they’re unaware of the potential benefits.
The good news is there are therapists who specialize in serving seniors, adapting the massage to each client’s health, mobility, and comfort level. Most will visit people in their house, care home or hospital room and can provide therapy to clients in beds or wheelchairs, if needed.
The benefits of massage therapy to seniors include:
- Increased circulation
- Pain relief for sciatica
- Reduced anxiety in people with dementia
- Improved balance and flexibility
- Improved digestion
- Pain relief for osteoarthritis of the knee
- Stroke recovery
- Improved sleep and mood
Consult your doctor before starting massage therapy and use only licensed, professional therapists. Your doctor may recommend a seniors’ massage specialist, or you can contact the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba at www.mtam.mb.ca or by calling 204-927-7979 (toll free at 1-866-605-1433).