Geriatric Massage

Posted on May 18th, 2012 by Shari´ Parks

Earlier in the week I spent four hours providing chair massage to geriatric clients at a senior living center. The time spent with these wise citizens prompted me to write this blog.

First lets define geriatric massage. It’s a form of massage developed for use on the elderly, hence the term ‘geriatric’. This population needs a different type of massage therapy and many factors must be considered prior to providing bodywork.

Two main factors are their increased fragility and sensitivity to touch.  Deep tissue massage, a widely know modality, is not suitable for the elderly population because it can cause bruising and pain.  Another thing to consider is that the elderly body tends to experience more stiffness and joint problems.

This knowledge is critical. So before you purchase massage therapy service for your senior  be sure to know that the therapist has experience.

Shari’

Finger Touch Massage, LLC
http://fingertouchmassage.massagetherapy.com
(240) 593-2530

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