A recent article in Massage Today details the results of a fascinating study conducted by JoEllen Sefton and a team of researchers which was published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. The study showed that seniors can see health benefits of regular massage.
Seniors (participants ranged in age from 50 to 69) who received six weekly massages were shown to have an increase in postural stability and a trend was seen of decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
To learn more about this study read the full article here: Study Finds Massage Therapy Supports Senior Health
The importance of balance among older clients is very important. As we age it is more likely that a fall could result in serious injury which could limit mobility and independence and even be life threatening. Feeling off balance can be a source of anxiety and fear as the implications of a fall are well known among this population. Providing a greater sense of balance could not only improve health but also self confidence and lead to fuller participation in life.
When working with older clients it is especially important to take any medical conditions into account, and to keep an open line of communication about what is helpful and what might cause discomfort. Working with seniors can be very rewarding for a practitioner, and work that truly makes an impact on the lives of their clients.
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