With all our advances in science and nutrition, seniors are living longer, more active and healthier lives. As part of that development, more people are exercising. That may, at times, present challenges such as muscle pain. On the other hand, if you are exercising very little or infrequently, you may be experiencing loss of strength, or your muscles and joints may feel tight and uncomfortable. Whether you want to maintain your active life or prepare to step up your activity, massage can help.
Massage helps increase lubrication and flexibility in and around joints, and specific techniques stretch and lengthen muscles. Increased flexibility and muscle length makes movement easier and more comfortable. On top of that, because massage increases circulation, more oxygen and nutrition flow to contracted muscles, helping them to relax and recover whether you have been inactive or too active.
You may feel more inclined to exercise
When your muscles and joints feel better, you are more likely to want to exercise. Combine massage with exercise and stretching, and you can maintain or begin to regain agility, balance and mobility.
(Provided by Stephanie Haddock, Licensed Massage Therapist, www.stephaniehaddock.com)