Many senior citizens live very active and social lives, taking part in sporting activities such as Golf, Tennis, Hillwalking and Cycling. Being able to maintain a healthy, reasonably active and balanced life at any age is important for both physical and mental wellbeing.
However, there are more vulnerable elderly people who are unable to maintain that same level of independence and activity as a result of age related poor health, such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, loss of vision/hearing and atherosclerosis.
Massage therapy can benefit both the active and more in active of older clients by maintaining or improving circulation, increasing mobility, reducing joint inflammation and muscle pain as well as swelling, restoring vitality and combatting feelings of loneliness.
For many older people, the experience of human touch can be less frequent and massage therapy can have a significantly positive effect on mental and physiological health.