Falls are the primary cause of accidental death in persons older than 65 years of age, often resulting in hip fractures, decreased mobility and independence, and increased morbidity. Age-related factors may include modification of the nervous and muscular system function with resulting changes in mobility, gait, and strength. These factors, along with disease and the increased use of medications that tend to come with aging, combine to make falls in this population a serious healthcare issue.
When the muscles in charge of proper posture become more rigid and flexed our center of gravity moves farther forward and postural instability increases. Massage therapy has proven to produce short-term improvements in balance, neurological, and cardiovascular measures in older persons. A cost effective treatment in comparison to the billions of dollars in annual medical costs for persons who fall.
A single 60- minute, full-body massage therapy treatment was shown to have a stabilizing effect on measures of balance and physiological factors related to stability in older adults. As massage therapy has been shown to decrease stress and anxiety and improve mental state, these factors may also have a positive influence on balance. With massage therapy, proper exercise and nutrition you can greatly decrease your risk of falling and enjoy aging!
Alex Stenger is a licensed Massage Therapist practicing inside BalanceDiet Billings.
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