It is with enthusiasm that I announce my involvement with Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) as a Myotherapist. This is a newly developed position that will enable VMCH to offer in–home massage services. Although the concept is not new, I am looking forward to putting my thirty years of experience in health and business to developing and expanding the current massage services offered by VMCH Wantirna.
Australia's population is ageing as a result of sustained low fertility and increasing life expectancy. This has resulted in proportionally fewer children (under 15 years of age) and a proportionally larger increase in people aged 65 and over. Massage therapy for older persons is a growing industry and therefore an essential part of health care in terms of the quality and life expectancy of the Australian population.
In 2016, there were 3.7 million (15%) Australians aged 65, with the number and proportion of older Australians expected to grow. By 2056, it is projected there will be 8.7 million older Australians (22% of the population) and by 2096, 12.8 million people (25%) will be aged 65 years and over.
Benefits of Massage for Older Patients include:
• Massage helps to soften muscles and tissues by increasing blood flow to the areas and ultimately reducing overall muscle tension.
• Improved circulation and blood flow through the muscles and joints, enhancing mobility and reducing pain from stiffened muscles and joints.
• Muscles and ligaments tighten with age and inactivity. Massage therapy loosens tight muscles and joints, improving range of motion which enables the person to maintain and active lifestyle.
• The increase of blood flow to the limbs makes the muscles and joints more supple and relaxed which enhances proprioception and body awareness, aiding in balance, gait and reducing the occurrence of falls.
• Massage therapy releases endorphins, hormones and stimulates neurotransmitters that are beneficial for the functioning of the nervous system
• It helps improve sleep through its relaxation benefits
• It improves the immune system by stimulating the Lymphatic system and assists the removal of toxins in the body.
• It helps relieve arthritic pain caused by Osteoarthritis and other conditions by increasing blood flow to the joints and warming affected areas.
• Massage produces feelings of caring and comfort, especially if the older patient is alone and/or unwell.