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Elderly Fastest Growing Population: Opportunities For Geriatric Massage

18 Jun 2012

The fastest growing population group is the over 80’s. Improved diet and better health care, means many of these over 80 people remain active, busy, and continue to live their lives. However, there are the over 80 group who the effects of aging and inactivity means the lives they live are in sharp contrast. Pains, aches, stiffness, and illness and injuries plague them.

One of the fastest growing professional massage opportunities is for geriatric clients.  It’s never too late to benefit from massage. Even people in their 90’s can benefit from a fitness plan and massage. Old age isn’t a time to sit in a chair and think I earned the right to sit here and watch the world. To be truly healthy it’s more important to exercise and receive massage when one is older. Exercising and being fit can help with the decline in muscle strength, loss of bone density, aches and pains, joint stiffness, fatigue, obesity, and breathlessness. All of these conditions result from a person being inactive. A lack of movement means that circulation is impaired and waste products aren’t removed from the body. So the body is more prone to infection. But painful joints make exercising painful, that’s why massage, which relieves the muscular aches and pains, and helps loosen joints, can help to keep elderly people mobile. It also can off set the need for pain medications. Massage for those who can or can’t exercise is a good thing because it releases endorphins, which help the body’s own feel good mechanism to raise their mood and decrease the perception of pain.

So what are the benefits of elderly people receiving massage? Some of the benefits massage can bring:

  • Ease stiff aching joints
  • Relieve pain
  • Increase flexibility
  • Improve circulation
  • Relieve depression
  • Communicate love, care, and concern
  • Provide a feeling of well-being and an optimistic view of the world

Exercise for the geriatric group is gaining a lot of popularity. It is an increasing professional opportunity for therapeutic bodywork professionals and massage therapists. Call Centerpoint today at 952-562-5200 we have courses that will help you work with this population.

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