Senior Citizens

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Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

I am really encouraged by the Chapter 1 Spotlight on Massage that states that movement therapy improves the physical life of senior citizens.  The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies released an article in January 2002 after doing a study on the matter.  The results were that senior citizens who participated in 50-minute sessions four times within the span of two weeks “. . . improved in their functional motion on the Tinetti scale, and specifically on the gait scale, their leg strength increased, and their leg pain significantly decreased” when compared with the control group.

I have spent time observing the elderly receiving Occupational Therapy.  These patients are in pain and are experiencing a huge decrease in quality of life due to their physical difficulties.  It breaks my heart.  I am glad to see that there are studies being done to help in the ways senior citizens are being treated for their physical ailments.

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