Geriatric massage (massage for the elderly) is a form of massage adapted to the specific needs of seniors, designed to adjust the treatment to the involutional and somatic changes associated with old age.
Geriatric massage in its current form is based mainly on scientific research and clinical experience. It has its origins in the 1980s and 1990s. The precursor of this technique was Dietrich W.Miesler. In 1982 he founded the Day-Break Geriatric Massage Project, which in time became the Geriatric Massage Institute.
Masseurs performing the treatment must not only understand the ageing process of the body, but also choose the right massage techniques, stimuli strength, massage speed, and be aware of the changes that occur on different levels. Theoretical and medical knowledge is not everything. The masseur should accept his or her patients, show sensitivity, understanding, tenderness and have an individual and respectful approach towards each of them.
The right approach, medical expertise and understanding of the problems and needs of elderly people will bring considerable benefits to themselves, their families and the staff of nursing homes.
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