Can "Old" People Have Massage?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

Working at Mels Massage, I see a wide range of people from many areas in life, that have many different requirements when they see me. I really enjoy this as it keeps me learning about different types of conditions and different types of treatments, no client is the same, even if they have the same condition as the person before.  Lately, I have gained a few regular, elderly clients in the clinic and mobile, with my eldest client in her 80's. Some of our "elderly" clients feel younger and are more active than some of our younger clients!

So why do Elderly clients come to see us for massage?  There can be many reasons, ranging from pain relief options for ongoing health conditions such as arthritic conditions like osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid through to "simple" positive touch and a friendly face. Massage can help manage painful symptoms and generally these clients have other health professionals working closely with them and will advise as to whether massage is a good option to support their individual needs to manage their conditions. Massage can also be a part of their routine to see people, particularly if they live by themselves.

What type of massage do you do?

For each client it does depend on their individual needs, and we as therapists, work with them to achieve their desired results. Some techniques used include relaxation techniques and lighter pressure to help ease aches and pains through the body.  Lymphatic Drainage is also popular to help with the movement of fluid throughout the body and help reduce oedema(swelling).