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Geriatric Massage

Geriatric massage, tailored to the specific health conditions and needs of the elderly population. is very gentle while it uses the same basic massage techniques as general massage. It is usually no longer than 30 minutes. The hand motions of a therapist should be comfortable and soothing. Usually hands and feet (if the joints are not inflamed) are massaged to prevent stiffness and relieve pain.It incorporates passive movement and gentle stretching of shoulders, legs and feet to improve joint mobility and flexibility. Occasional uses  stronger movements such as friction and pressure strokes on areas such as shoulders to improve flexibility.

Geriatric massage should not be used as a replacement for exercise programs or medical treatment. In addition, it should not be given to elderly patients with the following conditions

  • broken bones or body areas that are inflamed, swollen or bruised

  • open or unhealed bed sores

  • varicose veins

  • recent surgery

  • severe acute pain

  • certain heart conditions

  • certain kinds of cancer

  • a history of blood clots (The blood clots may become dislodged and travel to the lungs as a result of massage.)

  • drug treatment with blood thinners (These medications increase the risk of bleeding under the skin.)