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Massage therapy can help to decrease pain and muscle aches, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness and relaxation.

What is the best type of massage for an elderly person suffering from chronic and acute arthritic pain?

Lynn Maison (Moreno Valley, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
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Other than stretching and movement, I would have to go with lymphatic drainage. Deep tissue is contraindicated on the elderly. Aging usually leaves thin skin & a tendency to bruise easy as the blood vessels are closer to the surface. Resistance work can be great for increasing range of motion as well as muscle/nerve re-education. Most arthritic pain gets worse from non-use or bad postural habits.
Teresa Avelar (San Bruno, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
Each individual needs to be assessed and given a thorough understanding of their symptons, but I would approach with a Swedish massage, using trigger point, pnf stretches to increase range of motion and circulation, depending on the area of concern. Being overly cautious to communicate with the client and assess how they are feeling throughout the massage.
Richard Bartlett (Lansing, MI) on Sep 5, 2012
Plain old Swedish massage works great, from someone with strong but gentle hands. Even a massage school student would do well for you, if they have a good attitude. Make sure you are having your doctor monitor your condition, and tell your therapist what medications you are taking.
Hilary Jordan (Fairfield, IA) on Sep 5, 2012
I believe the best type of massage for an elderly person or someone with joint problems is myofascial, which stretches the connective tissue, gently unraveling kinks and problems. It is done with a gentle pressure, sinking into the tissues and allowing the stretching to permanently change tissue instead of scarring it or creating a temporary endorphin rush. Another type of massage that is very good for the elderly and for people with joint issues is Ayurvedic Ahybyanga. It nourishes the body with oil that penetrates the skin and nourishes organs, helping the body to absorb and retain water, and strengthening muscles by nourishing them directly. Oil massage has been shown to increase joint function and mobility and to replenish the skin.
Randi Watson (Payson, UT) on Sep 5, 2012
I suggest a light Swedish massage, with light friction on the joints where the arthritis is active. The elderly are much more sensitive to moderate to deep tissue pressure, so I would avoid that.
Betty Shields (Sioux Falls, SD) on Sep 5, 2012
Make sure the condition hasn't flared up. It also depends if they're active or feeble. You need to treat everyone differently.
Tausha Jackson (Spring, TX) on Sep 5, 2012
Swedish. It's the most relaxing form of massage therapy and is great for increasing circulation, especially if paired with ROM (range of motion).
Ellen A. Scurich (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on Sep 5, 2012
A hot stone massage. If you want, you can buy some and microwave them yourself. Also try placing warm (not hot!) stones in your hands when you go to sleep.
Lanay De Angelo (Reseda, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
I would say light Swedish, though that would depend on clearance from the individual's doctor and the client's pain tolerance.
Fardeen Arif (Aurora, IL) on Sep 5, 2012
Swedish massage,with light to moderate pressure and incorporating essential oils, has been proven to reduce inflammation.
Rachel Rose (Delray Beach, FL) on Sep 5, 2012
By getting a gentle, relaxing massage, the person can relieve pain and feel a lot better. My massages help people in that way.
Jerome Jefferson (Saint Petersburg, FL) on Sep 5, 2012
For most elderly people, especially those with arthritis, the best massage is always relaxation. Avoid massage when the pain is most acute stage, as this will only increase discomfort. Once the pain is in remission, gentle massage is best.
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Oct 29, 2012
Any type of massage would be beneficial as it increases circulation. Acupressure and Myofacial release would most likely help the most. Thank you.
Katherine Turner (Schertz, TX) on Sep 28, 2012
i would suggest Geriatric massage therapy which is designed to address the specific needs of the elderly population.