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).

Because our older population generally have more conditions that require medications we are sensitive to that, we ensure that no deep pressure is used through treatments unless it is safe to do so.

What considerations are there for treating older clients?

We as therapists need to ensure that we know of any medication our client is taking, to ensure that each clients massage is tailored to their requirements and to ensure there is no contraindication for any massage treatment.

It is also important that we do know about any existing medical conditions, as well as previous conditions, this is in case we need to modify any types of techniques used.

We as massage therapists, can work closely with your other health experts to give the best treatment to get you back to your normal daily function.


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