Massage is one of the most effective therapies for seniors following a stroke. When included as part of a long-term recovery plan, massage can help your senior loved one improve mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Read on a for a few key benefits of massage therapy, brought to you by the senior care professionals at Home Care Assistance in Orlando, FL.
It’s important to keep stress levels low after a stroke to foster an effective recovery. Massage therapy can help reduce stress by promoting relaxation and releasing endorphins, the body’s “feel good” chemical. During massage, dopamine and serotonin are also released, resulting in a calm feeling that makes overcoming both short and long-term stress easier.
Many stroke survivors report feeling tired and sluggish after a stroke, often a result of stress, boredom, and trouble sleeping. Massage therapy improves circulation, relaxes the nervous system, and helps minimize feelings of anxiety and restlessness, which leads to improved sleep quality and an improved sense of overall wellbeing.
After a stroke, your loved one may experience muscle weakness, immobility, or paralysis. Massage therapy has been shown to improve flexibility, reduce pain, and increase circulation, which can help the muscles that are weak or immobile become stronger.
Lower Blood Pressure
It’s critical to keep blood pressure levels normal following a stroke. Long-term studies show massage therapy effectively lowers blood pressure and decreases cortisol levels (the stress hormone).
If your senior loved one recently experienced a stroke and you aren’t sure what comes next, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer comprehensive stroke care in Orlando, and can ensure your loved one has the support he or she needs for an efficient recovery in the comfort of home. Call (407) 232-7155 and speak with a friendly Care Manager who can answer your questions or schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.