Massage: Good for the Elderly

Massage: Good for the Elderly

Getting older often means dealing with—and discovering—a host of age-related challenges as yet not experienced. Unfortunately, it’s part of aging. Luckily, there is a natural alternative to the more often used pharmaceutical treatments prescribed for many of these ailments: massage therapy.  Studies show that massage therapy has many physical and mental benefits, allowing aging patients to feel healthier, more balanced, and younger.

The Touch Research Institute says that massage therapy has been effective in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients by facilitating communication and relaxation. Application of light pressure on specific body points and gentle kneading and stroking can greatly increase the quality of life for these patients. Besides Alzheimer’s disease, massage therapy has also been used to treat variations of arthritis. Regular massage can lead to improvement in stiffness, range of motion, pain, and overall function of the joints.

Many massage therapists become practitioners in order to help others by using natural remedies. If you’ve ever considered becoming a clinical massage therapist, now may be the time to explore more about this field. You could have the power to affect huge change among your community—especially the aging community. The Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma Program at The Soma Institute provides the training to begin your journey into this field.

Besides traditional elements of massage, The Soma Institute also trains in bodywork, sports massage, and hydrotherapy. Soma offers an 11 and 15-month program tailored to our students’ busy lifestyles.    If you’re interested in learning more about The Soma Institute, call to speak to a friendly Admissions Representative at 1-800-694-5314.