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Posted December 14, 2019

Advantages of Massage Therapy for the Elderly in Aged Care Homes

As we age, it becomes even more important to look after our bodies, both inside and out. 

The older we get, our body naturally slows down its processes. We are more prone to feeling aches and pains in our muscles, bones and joints. We can resist this effect by regularly exercising and keeping active, making the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons fluid and relaxed. 

There are also ways to ease the pains felt by the elderly, one of which is through massage therapy. It is a non-invasive way to alleviate not just physical aches but also other age-related conditions, especially when used together with other conventional treatments. With regular massage sessions, elderly loved ones can feel better and lighter, thus improving their quality of life.

Massage therapy offers plenty of benefits to the body, such as increasing energy levels and achieving feelings of revitalisation. It helps relieve tension, helping with the management of anxiety and stress. 

Here are ways in which massage therapy helps improve the elderly’s quality of life.

Improves the quality of sleep

Regular massage therapy can help achieve deeper sleep, as well as longer duration of sleep. This can improve wellness as the body is given more time to repair and refresh itself. 

Relieves arthritic pain

Incorporating massage therapy into the treatment plan for arthritis or osteoarthritis can help relieve the pain caused by the condition. It lessens the stiffness in the joints and muscles, and the increase in blood circulation also improves mobility.

Stimulates the nervous system

Massage therapy encourages the release of hormones and neurotransmitters that are crucial for nervous system functions. The soothing effects of massage also help produce endorphins, serotonin and dopamine which all help in feeling happiness.

Improves balance

Since massage therapy increases blood flow and improves circulation, it affects our sense of balance too, thus decreasing risks of falling and injuries.

Looking for reputable aged care homes?

Here at Village Glen, we have a team of specialists experienced in physiotherapy and occupational therapy, available onsite all day, every day. We can tailor a treatment plan to meet your requirements. We are all committed to providing you with what you need to live healthy and happy. 

Are you or a family member looking for aged care services and facilities? Contact Village Glen today to schedule a tour. We also offer options for retirement living on the Mornington Peninsula. For enquiries, please call us at 1300 VILL GLEN.