If you’ve ever received a massage, you know how amazing the pressure can feel on your shoulders, arms, hands, lower back, calves, and feet. If you’ve ever had back pain or shoulder pain and have been to a massage therapist, you know how beneficial it can be on your body. With Onata, now you don’t have to find a massage therapist, you can use our app to find one that will give you a massage in the comfort of your own home. This is especially helpful for seniors who benefit in a variety of ways from having a regular massage. If you, or someone you know, is getting on in age, use Onata’s find services app to locate a massage therapist in your New Jersey neighborhood.
So what are the benefits of massage for the elderly?
Increases Blood Flow to Limbs
Circulation in the body becomes more difficult as you age. This is typically because of a buildup of plaque in the arteries. Massage can help manage the symptoms of poor circulation (weakness in the legs, loss of hair on the legs and feet) by helping blood flow into the limbs. With a regular massage, you can prevent increased loss of mobility due to poor circulation.
Falling is a significant cause of injuries in the elderly population and can lead to hip replacements and broken bones. Breaking bones during a fall typically happens because bones become brittle as you age. Because massage can help increase blood circulation, this also helps proprioception, which is how you sense your body parts in relation to each other. Improved proprioception can help the elderly have more control over their balance.
Softens Muscles and Tissues
For elderly who aren’t as active as they once were, muscles and tissue can become tight and harden. Relieving tight muscles and tissue is one of the biggest reasons to get a massage in the first place. Reduced muscle tension can help seniors feel better and also have an improved quality of life.
Helps With Stroke Recovery
Strokes are often caused by a blocked artery or when a blood vessel bursts that disrupts the flow of blood to the brain. In some cases, this can cause limbs or parts of the body to be paralyzed. For seniors who are recovering from a stroke, massage can help stimulate the areas that were affected. One course of treatment for stroke patients is to increase activity, which can be difficult if certain parts of the body are paralyzed. Getting a massage can help engage muscles and can make it easier for patients to take part in activities.
Unless joints are continually worked as you get older, it’s a normal thing for older people to become less flexible. A massage can help loosen up muscles, making it easier to be active using an increased range of motion. Increased range of motion means increased activity, and for seniors, that’s good news.
Have you ever fallen asleep during a massage? This is because massage helps your mind and body relax and it’s not just on the massage table. In Alzheimer’s patients, a relaxing massage can help them sleep better.
Are you already using our find services app to find a local massage therapist? Onata has a range of services that you can use to help you lead a better quality of life, including landscaping services, installation services, and more. With Onata, we want to help everyone lead a life that they love, especially the seniors who have been in our lives for years. To use our find services app, download Onata and start finding a range of New Jersey services.
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