Massage Therapy for Aging Baby Boomers
by Robert Vignoli
Massage therapy has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Each year, more people discover the benefits that a good massage offers. While most people enjoy a deep, relaxing massage, Baby Boomers are realizing a unique need for them. As the Boomer generation grows older, their bodies become more susceptible to muscle strains and fatigue. Massage therapy provides them with a solution. This article will describe the benefits that Baby Boomers can receive from a good massage and why they should consider getting one. These benefits include:
For healing bodily aches that result from physical activity and for increasing joint flexibility as the body ages. Massage therapy is also very effective for relieving chronic pain.
Healing Body Aches
The Baby Boomers are growing older, but they haven't lost their zest for life. They still enjoy doing many of the physical activities they have always enjoyed. These could include sports such as tennis, racquetball, running or jogging. Or, they may include other outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, or rock climbing. However, as they grow older, their bodies are able to withstand less stress. These activities take a greater toll than they once did. Massage therapy can relieve many of the aches and pains that result from such activity.
Increasing Joint Flexibility
It's no mystery that as people grow older, their joints lose much of their flexibility. Because many Baby Boomers still enjoy an active lifestyle, this lack of flexibility can cause discomfort. It can also impair their ability to live an active life that fulfills them. Regular massages help to increase the flexibility in the joints. The older a person gets, the more attention they should devote toward restoring and maintaining this flexibility through massage.
Relieving Chronic Pain
Baby Boomers often suffer from muscle soreness, arthritis, migraines and other chronic pain. Medical studies and literature have increasingly shown that massage therapy can help alleviate much of this pain. In addition, as we age, our bodies need more time to heal. Recovering from injuries or surgical procedures requires more time when we grow older. A regular schedule of massages can help relieve the body of the pain experienced during these events while accelerating the rate of recovery. Recent studies have shown that massage therapy can even take the place of prescription medications or physical therapy.
Taking Advantage of Massage Therapy
In the past, getting a massage was considered a luxury. Today, more people are beginning to understand how our bodies benefit from massages as we grow older. Baby Boomers, in particular, should consider getting a massage every now and then (if not on a regular basis). These massages can help relieve pain from strenuous physical activity, increase joint flexibility and alleviate many types of chronic pain. In addition, massage therapy can also improve circulation, reduce cramping and enhance the immune system. If Baby Boomers want to continue living an active lifestyle free from the aches and pains of old age, massage therapy may offer the perfect solution.
About the Author: Robert C. Vignoli has been a massage therapist for over 10 years. He currently co-owns Roman Paradigm Massage, but now he is helping to improve the massage industry by building a "hands off" massage business model. MassageSpace.net is the new MySpace for Massage Therapist, learn more @ http://www.think-diagonal.com