Massage therapy promotes feelings of relaxation for people of all ages, but hospice and palliative care patients may benefit even more from this form of treatment. Massage has been a long-followed solution for dealing with stress, pain, aches, soreness, anxiety, and more. Patients in hospice, home or palliative care may experience all of these sensations and would therefore benefit from the healing touch of a massage therapist.
Benefits of Massage Therapy in
Hospice and Palliative Care
Relieves stress on the body:
Many patients have years of built-up stress in the body, manifesting as back, neck and shoulder pain. Our compassionate massage therapists work through these areas to gently relieve pressure and promote movement within the body.
Bedridden or mostly immobile patients can benefit from the improved circulation that massage therapy provides. By loosening the muscles, circulation to the legs, arms, and brain can be improved, encouraging the body’s natural healing abilities.
Back, neck, shoulder and leg pain are all common conditions that aging adults may deal with due to stress, pinched nerves, or degenerative conditions. Massage therapy can help release tension in the body and relieve the pain associated with these conditions.
It is not uncommon for hospice or home health patients to suffer from insomnia or other sleep problems. Decreased daytime activity can make sleeping soundly through the night difficult. Massage therapy promotes relaxation and feelings of comfort to encourage sleep.
Promotes a sense of peace:
New patients may get anxious or nervous about their hospice care plan. While Pallatus is a 5-star practice, and we aim to help everyone feel comfortable, we understand that change takes time to get used to. Massage therapy can trigger the release of serotonin in the brain and encourage a sense of peace and a greater ability to cope with their situation and stress.