Massage for Your Aging Parent

One of the kindest and most loving gifts we can give our aging mother or grandmother this Mother’s Day is massage. As we age, many of us experience a growing list of health-related issues. Perhaps we punished our bodies during our youth and adulthood, setting the stage in later life for bone and joint problems, arthritis, and chronic pain.IMG_0006

Or perhaps we suffer from conditions like high blood pressure, Meniere’s disease, or vision impairment – all of which contribute to loss of balance, stability and the potential for a fall and injury.

Or, we may be on medications that cause unpleasant side effects, such as diminished reflexes or a generalized feeling of “fuzziness. These side effects can have a negative impact on anyone’s ability to prevent a fall or other injury. Add aging and reduced strength and range of motion to the mix, and it can be a recipe for accidents and falls.

A recent Livestrong.com article, outlining the benefits of senior massage, states that one of the most common fears experienced by seniors is the fear of falling. People who suffer an injury as a result of falling increase their chances of falling again, setting the stage for future – and perhaps more serious – medical consequences.

What does all of this have to do with massage? Massage therapy does not discriminate: it offers significant benefits for everyone, including our aging population. In addition to the healing power of human touch, massage can increase flexibility, mobility and range of motion, while relieving chronic pain and tension.

By reducing muscle tension and increasing blood flow to an area, massage reduces stress and anxiety. When we are more at ease, when we feel more assured in our surroundings, and when we have less pain, the result is often an improvement of sleep patterns. This is a huge deal for all of us, including seniors.

The combined benefits of massage add up to enhanced mental clarity, along with the already-mentioned improved motor skills, flexibility and reduction of chronic pain.

In fact, it’s safe to say that regular massage produces a “domino effect” of benefits. Wouldn’t you want your Mother’s Day gift to be a gift that continues to benefit them long after Mother’s Day is over?

For information about our massage therapists and our services, please contact Bodywork Professionals at 518-389-2200 for our Latham location, and 518-557-5514 for our newest location at 11 Spring Street in Saratoga Springs.