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Senior Health: Post-Stroke Benefits of Massage

Although it is often thought of as a luxury and can certainly feel like one, massage is also a form of medical therapy that can offer real benefits to seniors recovering from a stroke. If you provide stroke care in Toronto for a senior loved one, here are a few reasons you might consider incorporating massage into his or her recovery plan.

Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Working to recover from a stroke is stressful enough. Dealing with doctor’s appointments, insurance companies, and the frustrations of any physical or mental limitations resulting from the stroke add additional worry. Multiple studies have found that massage can lessen stress and anxiety. 

Raises Spirits
When faced with a lengthy recovery, many seniors struggle with depression. Massage has been shown to increase levels of serotonin and other chemicals linked with improved mood, so many medical professionals credit massage with helping to alleviate or prevent depression.

Strengthens the Immune System
Healing after a stroke creates massive demands on the immune system. Massage is thought to boost immunity, and for stroke survivors, this may provide protection from viruses and other issues that might slow recovery.

Improve Sleep
People often report that receiving a massage allows them to sleep better. Some even doze off while on the massage table. Being well rested can aid in recovery, improve mood, and make stroke survivors feel more capable of dealing with physical therapy.

Reduces Pain
Over half of all people who survive a stroke will deal with some kind of post-stroke pain. By reducing muscle tension and increasing blood flow throughout the body, massage can ease a wide array of musculoskeletal pains.

Recovering from a stroke is often a difficult, stressful process that is hard on the patient and their loved ones. When performed by a licensed massage therapist and used in conjunction with standard medical treatment, massage can make this time easier.

To learn more about promoting a safe and effective recovery at home, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of Toronto senior care and offer the in-home support your loved one needs during this difficult time. Our caregivers can help everything from grocery shopping to personal grooming, our Care Managers are available to clients and families 24/7, and all of our stroke care services are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. For more information or to schedule a free in-home consultation, give us a call at (416) 488-8777.