When you think of getting a massage, you probably think about relaxing in a calm environment with soft music playing in the background, but did you know that therapeutic massages have been shown to decrease stress in the body and lessen negative effects of anxiety, depression and digestive disorders?
The benefits of massage therapy are wide ranging, here are a few:
Increases blood flow to limbs
Different massage techniques help move blood through congested areas. The release of the same pressure causes new blood to flow in. Increasing circulation is the most important benefit for seniors since good circulation can be difficult as we age.
Softens muscles and tissues
When we get older, we tend to become less active which causes our muscles to harden and get tighter. Getting a massage helps soften those achy muscles and tissues by increasing blood flow to the areas and reducing overall muscle tension.
Produces feelings of comfort
Many enjoy getting a massage because it can evoke feelings of caring, comfort and connection. Many seniors have lost a spouse or partner so they become touch-deprived. The touch while getting a massage can really help with relaxation.
Risks of massages
Most people can benefit from a massage, but Mayo Clinic reminds us that a massage may not be appropriat3e if you have bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication, burns or healing wounds, deep vein thrombosis, and fractures. Before getting a massage, speak about the pros and cons with your doctor.