Massage Therapy for Seniors

Massage therapy has a growing body of evidence supporting its effectiveness in reducing pain and improving health-related quality of life in a variety of health conditions. Here is an infographic from the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario (RMTAO), with accompanying links to research below.

Massage therapy has a growing body of evidence supporting its effectiveness in reducing pain and improving health-related quality of life in a variety of health conditions. Here is an infographic from the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario (RMTAO), with accompanying links to research below.


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Bahrami et al. (2018). Aromatherapy massage versus reflexology on female elderly with acute coronary syndrome. Nurs Crit Care.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28573820

Bruckenthal et al. (2016). Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Persistent Pain Management in Older Adults: A Review. J Gerontol Nurs.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27898135

Cino K. (2014). Aromatherapy hand massage for older adults with chronic pain living in long-term care. J Holist Nurs.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24733781

Cooke et al. (2016). The impact of therapeutic massage on adult residents living with complex and high level disabilities: A brief report. Disabil Health J.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27282669

Froggatt et al. (2018). Namaste Care in nursing care homes for people with advanced dementia: protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30478131

Harris, M., & Richards, K.C. (2010). The physiological and psychological effects of slow-stroke back massage and hand massage on relaxation in older people. J Clin Nurs.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20492036

Kennedy AB. (2018). Striving to Make Massage Therapy Accessible to Older Adults: an Interview with Niki Munk, PhD, LMT. Int J Ther Massage Bodywork.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30524631

Margenfeld et al. (2019). Manual massage for persons living with dementia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Nurs Stud.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov//pubmed/30679034/

McFeeters et al. (2016). Massage, a complementary therapy effectively promoting the health and well-being of older people in residential care settings: a review of the literature. Int J Older People Nurs.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26875503

Munk et al. (2011). Massage therapy usage and reported health in older adults experiencing persistent pain. J Altern Complement Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21668368

Perlman et al. (2019). Efficacy and Safety of Massage for Osteoarthritis of the Knee: a Randomized Clinical Trial. J Gen Intern Med.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30543021

Rapaport et al. (2016). Acute Swedish Massage Monotherapy Successfully Remediates Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Proof-of-Concept, Randomized Controlled Study. J Clin Psychiatry.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27464321/

Scales (2018). Evidence-Based Nonpharmacological Practices to Address Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia. Gerontologist.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29361069

Shropshire et al. (2018). Nonpharmacological interventions for persistent, noncancer pain in elders residing in long-term care facilities: An integrative review of the literature. Nurs Forum.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30242833

Skelly et al. (2018). Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30179389

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