Massage for the Elderly

Remedial Massage is not just for the young and athletic, this type of massage has a host of benefits for people of all ages who suffer with a wide range of injuries and health conditions and those more elderly among us are no exception.  Keeping mobile and maintaining a level of independence is such an important part of a healthy happy lifestyle and remedial massage can definitely assist in this regard.

Some of the common complaints for which elderly clients seek massage:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • General muscle pain and tension
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Poor circulation
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Insomnia

With an ageing body comes a number of different health issues which need to be taken into consideration by the massage therapist so that they may deliver the most appropriate form of massage for their particular health concerns. Depending on their level of health it may even be advisable to discuss this with their doctor to obtain prior permission.  We normally recommend up to 30 minute massage and the type of massage provided uses a lot gentler massage techniques to avoid injury to more delicate skin and muscles and to prevent overwhelming the system in general.

Many elderly clients may not have experienced massage previously and have concerns regarding their personal safety, level of professionalism, confidentiality, and even modesty.  This is a very good reason to make sure they see a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist, who are highly trained in various massage techniques and adhere to a professional code of conduct.  This ensures the highest level of service for all clients and addresses many possible concerns and provides a safe, caring environment.  However it is also possible to bring along a carer or friend who can provide them with some assistance and assurance to guarantee they have the most comfortable and relaxing experience.