Massage is very popular and well-known for improving blood circulation, relieving chronic pain, and aiding the healing process of the bone. Besides, it’s ancient and practiced for over a thousand years now. However, the full potential of massage is not known yet. As for osteoporosis, massage boosts healing and gives old people deep relaxation.
But, as a massage therapist precautions must be taken to avoid hurting these elderly ones, as their bones are fragile. To fully understand how massage can help old people with osteoporosis, we need to know what osteoporosis really is and how massage can help old people feel strong and vitalized.
Osteoporosis is a progressive disease that weakens the bones gradually which makes it thinner over time. It leads to a change in posture and increases the risk of fractures. There are many factors that lead to osteoporosis moreover; women above 50 years are more at risk of developing osteoporosis.
Also, women with a family history of osteoporosis who removed their ovaries or entered menopause early are more likely to develop osteoporosis. Another factor is some medication coupled with existing illnesses. Another factor is life choices such as a poor nutrition – especially one lacking adequate calcium, vitamin D and exercise, too much caffeine, tobacco, or alcohol.
Important statistics from osteoporosis.ca shows that:
• One in three women and one in five men will suffer a fracture due to disease
• There is up to 30,000 hip fracture yearly and 80% of this amount is as a result of osteoporosis
• Osteoporosis fractures in people over the age of 50 is more common than a heart attack.
Unfortunately, the symptoms do not appear in the early stages of this disorder. Most people often learn of this disorder after a fractured diagnosis bone resulting from a minor injury which gave it the name ‘silent thief’. Once a person is diagnosed, they realize that those back pains were signs of osteoporosis, yet, how would they have known.
As the disorder progress, the patient’s begins to gain a slouching posture and lose one or more inch from their height.
How to stop osteoporosis?
The best way to prevent osteoporosis is by building strong bones in childhood and early adulthood by maintaining a healthy lifestyle –exercising, and a sound nutrition that helps the bone grow strong.
Massage is one sure way to relax and cool off. It’s the best way to give your body a treat and relax from a hectic lifestyle. It’s the art of using the hands, elbows, knees, feet, and forearms to apply pressure or stretch different parts of the body. This relaxes your body – bones, and muscles.
To help osteoporosis patients, massage therapists carefully use massage techniques such as active and passive stretching, compression and friction to relieve their pain. There are different styles of massage that will benefit osteoporosis patients differently if administered with the utmost care.
Swedish massage is a classic style of massage, which helps osteoporosis patient relax. For this style, the therapist performs a circular motion, gliding strokes and kneading to ease tension in the muscles. Also, it improves the circulation of blood in the body and relieves tension in the shoulder and back.
Shiatsu-style of massage combines its Japanese origin and Chinese medicine to allow the free flow of the body’s energy force or Qi. It reliefs stress helps blood circulation and improve oxytocin production.
Trigger point massage
This style of massage dispels tension deep inside the muscles. However, this style is best for relieving pain with a single source like the one in osteoporosis patients. It reliefs stiff joints and bones and help osteoporosis patients feel better.
Assuredly, osteoporosis patients can perform Thai massage or Yoga massage on their own which involves stretching of the bones. It improves flexibility, the range of motion and reliefs pain.
How Massage can help osteoporosis patients
Osteoporosis disorder leaves patients in pain which prevents them from exercising or walking daily. These limitations and inadequacy can leave patients depressed and sad as they can no longer perform their daily chores. Nevertheless, a proper massage from a massage therapist will help an osteoporosis patient experience:
• Freedom of movement
• Increase blood circulation
• Pain relief
• Increased join health and
• Posture re-education.
Massage aims to relieve osteoporosis symptoms by relaxing the body in order to relieve pain and tension. It relaxes the nervous system, reducing the likelihood of stress triggers. For your osteoporosis massage needs, hire an osteoporosis massage therapist who is well experienced in dealing with your disorder.
First, the massage therapist will check the health of your overall body tissues and joint. Afterward, he will gently perform passive movements on your joint to re-educate your mind, body, and emotions. Using a light massage style, osteoporosis massage therapist’s work on your body to maintain tissue health and revitalize your body – body, mind and emotional well-being.
In addition to the massage, other home exercises are given to you to help maintain your body, which includes:
• Yoga and
Along with the relaxation that massage offers osteoporosis patients, it also enhances their sense of well-being. Besides, it improves the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid carrying toxins away front internal organs. This makes your body healthier and able to cope with your disorder. Furthermore, regular massage sessions will lower your blood pressure, promote deep sleep, ease anxiety, relax your muscles and ease tension from tighten joints making you more flexible.
Remember that your bones are fragile and make sure you hire a certified osteoporosis expert therapist. You can choose what you are looking for either – breathing, circulation, relaxation or any other goal you have in mind. Also, you should avoid barefoot massage, chair massage, and sports massage.
Nonetheless, other styles of massage might hurt your bones, which is why it’s best to inform your massage therapist of your disorder from the onset. Lastly, relax and try to maintain your body, mind, and emotions despite the pain with a light massage therapy.
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